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  1. Admission Questions

    Hello all! I am hoping someone more experienced can give me some insight. I have applied to the Masters of Teaching program at Kansas State University. The admission process for it seemed like it would be pretty quick, but since it had been several weeks I checked in with the director of the program. His response was: We have reviewed and recommended but are waiting for the Graduate School to process. . .Should be soon. Would this mean that I have been recommended for admission into the program? Thanks!
  2. Profile Evaluation

    Major: CSE GRE: 300( Q-164, V-136, AWA-2.5) TOEFL: 84( R-21, L-22, S-20, W-21) CGPA: 3.72 Job experience: almost 3yrs as a software engineer Research Interest: Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Data Mining,NLP I know my profile is not good. But still there is a chance, right? I searched some universities. According to my profile, somebody can advise me to choose university correctly for Ph.D. It would be a great help to me.
  3. Best MFA program for photo/video?

    What MFA program would you think is best for someone studying photography and video? I would love to know. Thanks!
  4. Hi, Has anyone applied at Ryerson School of Professional Communication for Fall 2018? Have tou been able to get in touch with anyone who has studied this? Just wanted a general, independent overview of the program. Thank you!
  5. Hello. Cynics preferred, be honest, hold nothing back. I want to study economics, stats, computational finance or something similar and hopefully connected to data science or predictive analytics. I’m graduating a year early, for what it’s worth. I want to offset the year I’m graduating by getting a better school appended to my name so I have some good long-term CEO potential. Honestly, I’m considering so many options because I’m desperate to get a better school attached to my name. I’ll be entirely up-front about that. I’ve gone to a shit undergrad school because I became homeless my senior year of high school during application season and couldn’t capitalize on the fact or write a decent letter to save my life due to my living circumstances devouring my mental sanity. However, I’ve made the most of what I have here, truly, and I want help in getting the best out of what I can. Truly appreciate all the help guys and gals! Undergrad Institution: Shitty midwest state university, ranked like 200th+ in the USA :-( Major: Mathematics, Economics… (two degrees probably) Minor: Statistics Cumulative GPA: 3.82 Major GPA, Cum.: (mathematics): 3.83 Type of Student: Domestic White male (though in no way “privileged”) Math/statistics and applicable economics Courses: Undergraduate: calc 1, 2, 3 (AB exam pass, B, A), intro differential eqns (A), Applied stat. methods (A), Business Statistics (A, econ), Set theory and Logic (A), intro to linear algebra (A), Linear Algebra (A), Theory of probability (A), Statistical Theory 1, 2 (A,A), Intro to Real analysis (B present), Capstone Math (A), Econometrics 1, 2 (A, forecasting an A, econ) graduate: (Spring 2018) Linear Statistical Models (A) GRE: V: 161, Q: 165, W: 5.5 (88%, 89%, 96%) ... the low quant is why I’m essentially aiming at schools ranked 12-20… I’m a realist. :-( GRE Mathematics Subject Test: N/A Research Experience: 2 NSF funded programs and the Ronald E. McNair Scholars program (national program) ==> 5 semesters total of research experience of 6 semesters in college: -one is research in financial math (SUAMI) which was summer 2017 at Carnegie Mellon, very competitive to get in. -the other NSF funded one was at my University in a small group -Rest was with the McNair program: one of my projects was meh, I made a computer program for calculating Ducci numbers or something, my second one was better studying nonparametric estimation (Kernel density estimation) proving the bias and the expectation, as well as learning some R. My third one is a lot better, moving on from NP KDE to quantreg (simulation and more) I’ll design a user-friendly interface in java for large data sets (never-seen-before type of thing) and I will couple this with a quantile regression simulation and application for value at risk of stocks on the S&P or DJIA. -continuing a research project with my research partners from Carnegie Mellon trading stocks, and doing stuff with quarterly earnings (completely profitable program, 0 loss thus far, quite phenomenal tbh) Leadership roles: Chess club president (3 semesters), Actuarial Science Club president (2 semesters), Table Tennis Club treasurer (founded), Political organization Vice president Awards: Deans list, departmental scholarship(s), McNair program, Mason's scholarship, 3 local scholarships other: Actuarial Exams… P/1 passed 01/2017 and FM/2 sitting 04/2018 Program. Languages… Java, C, Python, LaTeX Software & Tools… Minitab, all Microsoft Suite, SPSS, STATA, & R Recommendations: 3 from research experiences (1 REU at Carnegie Mellon, 2 at my university), and my last 1 from class (he had me in like 6 classes though). I can surely state that 2 of my recommenders will write phenomenal letters, the one from CMU is probably going to be good (mainly affirming my research strength), and my class-only recommender will write a great one, but he has only had me in class so it should be discounted. (2 Ph.ds from Rice University, 1 from Iowa state [rather well-known in math education], and 1 from Washington state) Programs I'm Interested In: Top 20 Stats Ph.D./Masters (better if they have Machine learning classes), Top 5–12 Computational finance programs, Top Economics (not the top 4-5, I’m realistic here lmao) order matters (tentative on the Masters or Ph.D.) Carnegie Mellon (economics masters or Ph.D., MSCF, statistics MSP or Ph.D.)... meet the score requirements except for MSCF Berkeley (Econ masters or Ph.D., statistics masters or Ph.D., MFE finance engineering) UPenn (statistics, economics MA or Ph.D.) Umich ann arbor (economics) Princeton (finance masters) Columbia (econ masters or Ph.D.) UMN (applied economics Ma or Ph.D.) UCLA (econ masters or Ph.D.) Please criticize me or bring in some realism. I'd love to just chat about writing a better application too. I believe I can write a great personal statement since writing is honestly my strength, above all else to be frank, and if people want to call or email about this process, I'd be more than willing (restricting it to weekends though). Just my two cents below... My personal thoughts and worries: ... I know what you're thinking, I got to a small school... its only known for aviation, rural medicine, and hockey. I know this will ding me the most; professor Shreve at CMU in the MSCF program said so, additionally, they’ll have to evaluate my school to see if it’s good enough to even consider me. (ouch) I really want to go to CMU. IDC what for tbh, economics or stats. I believe I have a shot since I did research there and have at least 1 recommender from CMU, informally I could get another. my quant sucks, but I’ve gotten 165 twice so I’m rather shit out of luck tell me if I should retake it, I have a chance on the 26th of October (planned, but may cancel it) my recommenders will be great my research experience is great my leadership experience is great
  6. Hey guys!!!! So i have recently started my application to Tufts MALD, NYU Wagner, UChicago Harris and Brandeis. I am an international student graduated from a public university in the US this may. My plan is to work in my country until next summer and by then hopefully get accepted to any of the schools and start my MA. My GPA is 3.6 pol sci major minored in IR, my GRE is really not that great i would say average and from a developing country, i have not had any internship whilst i was in college. However, i would probably start working for the government (my country) from this November and make up that "work experience" preferred by Grad Schools. My main is concern is the "money". I got a full scholarship from my country to study in the US however, i can not get another scholarship from my government for MA again. I was previously accepted to NYU GSAS and Boston University, however i had to decline the offer because of financial reasons. This year i want to do it right, i have researched and all the schools i am applying to offer various schorlaship, grants and TA etc, and i understand that it is extremely hard and rare to get FULL Ride for MA from the schools i am applying to. Can you guys tell me what other external sources i need to consider? Ex: their website, name etc. Considering that i am an international student. Also, when i should start applying to external funding? After i get acceptance or while i am applying ? Thank you guys too much!!!!!!!
  7. CSU Apply Grad Applicant Question

    I'm applying to several MSW programs in the Cal State University system These schools have their own applications in addition to the big CSU application (CAL APPLY) that is to the school Need help with Cal Apply This is asking me for an SOP, to list achievements, experiences, and documents (a section on each) but I've already filled this kind of info out on the MSW application, do I have to do both? CSU APPLY is asking if I'm independent, which I am, but it wants 2016 Tax information which I do not have yet. I don't see why they need this other than for their stats, this isn't a FAFSA app I've been full time and not earning money this year so I'm guessing I'll put 0, but it's an estimate and this makes me uncomfortable... thanks
  8. Looking for inputs on my profile and whether it matches with the school list; I'm really lost as to how ambitious I should be... So basically, what are my chances at the schools I'm applying to? Specifically Northeastern. Undergrad Institution: University of Alabama at Birmingham (Good Med School, below average engineering)Major(s): Mechanical EngineeringMinor(s): NAGPA in Major: Not sure but slightly above overall GPAOverall GPA: 3.52Position in Class: I'd estimate top 20% of classType of Student: Hispanic/Middle Eastern Male, CitizenGRE Scores (revised/old version):Q: 162 (81%)V: 154 (65%)W: 4.0 (60%)B: NAResearch Experience: Conference paper in Mechanical Engineering, Started Bio-printing project with Materials Engineering Lab in August (won't have paper by application deadline, but will get some lab experience). Awards/Honors/Recognitions: 3 Dean's List, 1 President's ListPertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for 1 year in a lower-level engineering class, 2 manufacturing engineering internships, *Should I include these in my resume: Co-owner of a restaurant, Youth group leader Applying to Where: Northeastern University - Bioengineering - Biomedical Devices Worcester Polytechnic Institute - Biomedical Engineering - Tissue Mechanics and Mechanobiology Tufts University - Bioengineering - Biomechanical Devices Dartmouth University - Engineering Sciences - Biomedical Devices University of Connecticutt - Biomedical Engineering - Biomechanics University of Alabama at Birmingham - Biomedical Engineering - Biomedical Devices Stevens Institute of Technology - Biomedical Engineering - Bioinstrumentation I'm thinking of adding one more 'safe' school, what's y'alls opinion on that? Comments: My first-choice school is by far Northeastern. Can anyone tell me if I'm a good candidate for the M.S. Bioengineering Program over there?
  9. Hi! I'm going to be a senior undergrad and was wondering how competitive of an applicant I am to get into a (behavioral) Neuroscience PhD program. I was also wondering what I should do to improve my application. Some stats: Major: Dual- Psychology (honors) and Neuroscience Minor: Fine Arts Overall GPA: 3.6 (will rise to about 3.65 by graduation) In-Majors GPA: 3.75 Research: 3.5 years Grants: URA (undergraduate research award) GRE (not taken yet...assuming I score average) Extra Curricular Activities: Biology Tutor (1 semester), Resident Assistant (RA) (1 year) Presented at a URC (undergraduate research conference) Will also have a Senior Honors Thesis in which I will have conducted my own experiment I would really appreciate constructive criticism; anything to improve my application will help!
  10. MSW 2018 Applicants

    Hey, everyone! After reading many successful past forum threads for MSW applicants, I decided to start one myself for everybody! From what I saw, so many people took comfort in talking to one another about their stats, stress/anxieties, questions, schools, etc. that I believe it would be beyond beneficial for us. Good luck everyone and I look forward to chatting with you!
  11. Hey, everyone! I have a quick question. For my personal statement, I mentioned pretty much a background of my life and how it's shaped me into wanting to go into social work. In my statement, I have my high school years. Would it be best to leave out anything before undergrad and just focus on what I've done in my undergraduate?
  12. statistic phd chances

    What are my chances would be of getting into a statistics phd program? Undergrad Institution: top 50 private Major(s): Physics, Math Minor(s): GPA: 3.88 Type of Student: male, White, Domestic GRE General Test: Not taken yet, took a practice and got 86 and 91st percentiles for reading/math respectively, not planning on taking subject test Programs Applying: PhD in Statistics Research Experience: 2 summers of research at home university in physics, one paper in review, maybe another one or two to follow (not first author) Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Deans List, Pi Mu Epsilon Honors Society,Honors College Pertinent Activities,Jobs: TA, Tutoring Letters of Recommendation: I'm assuming they will be pretty good Computing Skills: R,Python, Latex, SQL, limited linnux, Applying to Where: NC State University of Connecticut Columbia Northwestern Boston University UNC UCLA Duke Is this a good list? Any advice would be really helpful. Thank you
  13. Anyone have any wisdom on STARTING personal statements? I have no idea where to begin. Of course, I've done some research and viewed samples but I just don't know where to start. Help?
  14. Narring Down Choices for French

    Hello everybody, New member and confused by the layout a little. Working on apps for Fall 2018. I've reduced my choices for a French MA-PhD joint program to these schools. A note on my stats: graduated from college with a 3.86 GPA, magna cum, from a not very known but good college in SC. Do you think I have a shot at Brown, UNC Chapel Hill or NYU? Those 3 are my top choices as of now. Also looking at Duke, UPenn, Penn State, NW, Tulane, Chicago, CO-Boulder and Johns Hopkins. If you know of any other schools worth looking into, let me know! I am yet to take the GRE. Planning on doing so within four months or so.
  15. My classes aren't due to start until August 23rd (orientation) and I'll be in Boston. However, I'd like to fly into LA to meet my girlfriend before driving across to Boston to get her car etc. out there and enjoy the road trip! We would take about a week as her job will be starting. My question is this: Can I arrive in LA on my F1 Visa if I'm going to school on the opposite coast? Will customs/immigration be funny about it? Do I have to show evidence of a return flight to the UK say, for Christmas, even though I'm taking part in a 5-year course? Any help would be hugely appreciated.
  16. Embarrassing low GPA

    So I will be going into my senior year this fall. I go to a state school in pa. I have yet to take my GRE but I have an embarrassing low GPA. I have a 3.135. I am going to be retaking a course in the summer time that I got a C in and I will be retaking another course I got a C in next semester. During my second year of school, I got really ill. I had/have serve health issues. In addition to having really bad personal issues. I want to get into grad school more than anything. I have a nine year old brother who uses an AAC device and is totally nonverbal. I've been involved with speech therapy since he was two. I also work at my local YMCA, I work with children who are pretty at risk and I love my job. It is my passion. I am a member of NISHLA, sign language and braill club and was in a sorority for two years. Any advice?
  17. job vs PhD after MSc

    After a long wait and lots of mails I got an admit at TU Delft (MSc Electrical - Microelectronics) without any scholarships. Since this is the only admit I have(till now and I feel the only one I will have), I am in a fix. It will cost me a fortune to study there, albeit lesser than what I was expecting at US. But as per my calculations it will take me atleast 3 years to repay the loans IF I get a (good) job after graduation. My original plan was to go for PhD right after the MSc. But PhD pays even lesser than a job. I am in a fix now. If I look for job to repay the loan my PhD (and chances of getting into) will become slimmer. If I get into a PhD it will take me atleast 5 years to repay the loan (even if my parents help me partially). Is it really worth all the pain? And I won't be able to enjoy until I have repaid every single penny. Is it really worth all the pain and misery?
  18. I didn't see a thread for UIC, Fall 2017. So I made one. I will be taking admission for MS In Computer Science and as an international student, thought it would be nice if I knew someone there before I actually arrived there. In short, Hi all my future university mates!
  19. April 15 resolution

    I was just accepted into a graduate program that follows the april 15th resolution, what exactly does this mean? If I accept this offer then get off the waitlist at a preferred school does this mean I am not allowed to rescind my acceptance or just ask their permission? The april 15th resolution states: "Students are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support prior to April 15; earlier deadlines for acceptance of such offers violate the intent of this Resolution. In those instances in which a student accepts an offer before April 15 and subsequently desires to withdraw that acceptance, the student may submit in writing a resignation of the appointment at any time through April 15. However, an acceptance given or left in force after April 15 commits the student not to accept another offer without first obtaining a written release from the institution to which a commitment has been made. Similarly, an offer by an institution after April 15 is conditional on presentation by the student of the written release from any previously accepted offer. It is further agreed by the institutions and organizations subscribing to the above Resolution that a copy of this Resolution or a link to the URL should accompany every scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, and assistantship offer." Thanks in advance!
  20. Part time jobs related to the Social Work field?

    Hey everyone! I'll be attending BC in the fall to get my MSW. I'm very excited because it means taking out minimal loans as long as I find a part time job. I'm not worried about being able to juggle school work and class work (as I am juggling 35 hours a week at a preschool, 10 at a crisis hotline, an internship and 9 academic credits currently). However, I currently work in a field that is loosely related to social work as I'm working with children. I would most prefer to work in a field that is also related during my masters program in Boston, but it doesn't seem like child care will be possible with how my weekly schedule is going to look and the fact that I don't plan on taking my car. This leads to my question. Those of you who are currently in an MSW program or are planning to attend one while working part time, what kinds of jobs are you going to be looking for? i have worked as a server and other unrelated type jobs before, but I would really like to stay within the field if at all possible. I'm sure there are other jobs out there other than childcare that are related to the field. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
  21. Can I ask for more money?

    Hi all, I've found myself in a position for which I am very grateful, but which has also made me super super anxious. I've been accepted to two Master's programs, one in my home country at my undergrad institution (in Canada) and one at a top-tier school in the UK. My undergrad institution isn't super well-renowned, but the program is generally viewed as one of the best in the field in the country. Both schools have offered me funding, along the lines of this: School A (Canada) - $30K for one year; tuition is $11K and cost of living relatively low School B (UK) - $14K for one year; tuition is $30K and cost of living very high In Canada and the US, it's pretty common (from what I gather) to straight up ask for more money for a grad program. I have no idea if this is acceptable or ever done in the UK, and would really, really appreciate any insight from anyone who has done this before (successfully or otherwise) or really anything along these lines. TLDR: Can I negotiate my grad school funding offer from a top-tier UK university? Thanks all!!!
  22. So I was accepted to Boston University today, which is my top choice, but with no mention of a scholarship. I see on the results page others have been offered scholarships with their admission. I also was accepted to George Washington University with a $42,000 scholarship. I would much rather attend BU, but cannot without some funding. A few people recommended (politely) using the scholarship from GW school as leverage for receiving funding at other schools. Anyone heard of this actually being a thing? If so, what's the best way of doing it? Thanks for the help!
  23. Hey there! I'm a Texas gal born and raised and l only applied to in-state schools. I'm really hoping starting this thread isn't a bad idea/going to freak me out but as we are getting closer to the acceptance period I am getting curious about when people are going to start receiving good (or bad) news! I know we're still a few weeks out from the "mid-march" acceptance period, I thought Texas applicants could use this thread to share their current situations/questions/concerns and hopefully get connected with a friend or two that ends up choosing the same program. I've personally not heard back from anywhere, even though I know classmates who've already received acceptances from UT Dallas (I realize this may be because they submitted their apps a couple of months before me). Other places I applied were UT Austin, University of Houston, TCU, UNT, TWU, and Texas State. Good luck to everyone!!!
  24. Hello, I am currently a senior at a private liberal arts school in Massachusetts. My school is very competitive and extremely hard to get an A in. I currently have a 3.0 GPA and 4 years of research along with strong faculty recommendations. I was hoping to pursue a PhD program in the New England area (preferably Boston). Can you guys think of some schools that I could get into?
  25. My overall GPA is a 3.6. However, my major GPA is a 3.2. I got a B- in two of my prerequisite classes. I know most programs ask for a B or better. Would retaking these classes be a good option?