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Hi Everyone! I applied to 8 graduate schools for a PhD (6 have said no, but one gave me the opportunity to apply for the masters program) And I am just waiting on 2 more! USC and Rochester. I know USC has been busy with their acceptances, but I was wondering if anyone has heard from Rochester, or if anyone from Rochester knows what's up, OR could you please give me some advice on what to do? Should I wait it out until April? Should I shoot them an email? I haven't seen anything here on the gradcafe yet, so I was hoping I could see what any of you might have to say about it. Thanks!
Hey all, longtime lurker here intending to apply to grad programs. I've appreciated much of the advice on this forum, so I'm hoping someone can lend me some advice on emailing grad students. I personally know one grad student at a university in which I'm interested and have already reached out to that person. While this seemed normal given that I am already acquainted with that person, I feel more hesitant to cold email grad students at other universities whose programs I would really love more info on/insight into. So, this is all to ask: are most grad students open to cold emails like this? If so, are there any specific questions that you'd recommend asking?
I am not sure if things are different since I am applying into economics coming from mathematics, but most responses to emails have been basically like you look promising however they are not involved in the applications process. I know in mathematics, emailing the professors is a must since you want to see if they will have spots to mentor students when you apply. If a professor you are interested in is not accepting students, then there is no point in applying to the university. I am not sure if my phrasing is off or something in the emails, or are these responses to be expected? I am just a bit shocked as a friend the prior year when applying had gotten Skype calls and spoke with professors in detail about research before the process. I am not sure what I am doing wrong... I do not ask about rating my applications or anything, simply if they are accepting students next year and if they have time to talk to discuss their research. Any advice? Or is this normal in social sciences?