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  1. Hello everyone, I'm a newbie here and my case is pretty weird I'm an International Student and I got denied from CSUDH for MA of Sociology program. And the reason is my TOEFL score is below the requirement. 1/ International notification: I got denied because my TOEFL score is below the requirement. However, I met others requirements so they advised me to study the Conditional Admission program. 2/ I double checked the English Proficiency requirement for International students and I submitted not only 1 English certificates but 2 (TOEFL: 80 and IELTS: 6.5). I argued with the International department about this problem and the admission evaluator responded to me that please disregard the notification about Conditional Admission program. She will contact with Sociology Department to check about my case. I also advised contacting with a Dr who is the Graduate program coordinator. I emailed him 3 times + 1 voice message and no reply since April 3/ Since there is no news from the school or the Dr so I came to the Sociology Department and requested the secretary to contact with the Dr to check about my case. I guess they have ignored me the whole time until I actually came to the school. After that, I got a notification from them that they will check about my case and update me shortly. Sorry for long post, do you guys think any chances for me? Fall 2017 semester will start in August and I really don't know what is my application status at this point....
  2. Hello all, long time lurker first time poster here! I'm just reaching out to see if there are any other international applicants to US PhD programs here, or current international students already in a US program, who may be able to shed some light on the process of applying from abroad. Having applied last application cycle with exactly zero success (well, one Masters offer that I couldn't afford) to 7 programs, I'm gearing up for this year and trying to put together a new game plan. Here are some things I suspect let me down this past cycle: 1. Academic CV I know this is not considered the most important part of the application, but I can't help but notice a lot of US applicants have whole piles of awards, prizes, publications etc, even at undergraduate level. I did not win any prizes at undergrad, and it wasn't something that I thought to worry about until I came on to GradCafe! There wasn't really any emphasis on that kind of thing in my department. 2. Letters of recommendation While I'm sure my professors, who were very encouraging and supportive, wrote strong letters for me in the context of our own academic culture, I can't help but wonder if there may be a significant difference in what's expected of the letters in the US. Obviously there's no way to investigate as the letters are anonymous, but for example one professor told me not to send him my applications materials to help him in writing the letter; he wrote it from my 'file' :/ 3. SoP Did my best, since I got no offers I'm inclined to think it was terrible. I did get feedback from a number of professors, including two who had graduated from US PhD programs as well as my undergraduate advisor and other professors who knew me fairly well. They all assured me that not only was my SoP quite strong, but that I was quite a strong candidate overall. Now, of course I know that English PhD admissions are incredibly competitive, but I have to admit it really threw me to get no offers at all after essentially being told to reduce the number of applications I was submitting as I was sure to get a handful of offers. I can't help but wonder could there be a significant deficit in both my own and my professors understanding of what makes a good US application. Basically I'm just reaching out to see if anyone has any wisdom to offer in this regard! Finally, for context sake, I'm applying from a world top 50 English department in the UK with a very strong reputation, and I was applying to top 50 programs. Thank you to anybody who has read this far!
  3. Hi I got a PhD offer from the University of Iowa and I am looking forward to get in contact with the people who are accepting the offers from the UOI for fall 2016. It would be really helpful for us in terms of discussions regarding the accomodations and visa process. I would appreciate if you guys can be in contact with me at [email protected] Thanking you