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  1. Background: International student with a background in engineering and economics. I have a PhD offer from the University of Michigan's School of Information. The program looks good with a lot of interdisciplinary research. But, the Econ side of things doesn't seem to be as prominent as CS, HCI or stats within the department. On the other hand, I have PhD offers in Econ from UC-Davis, Ohio State, Iowa State and Arizona State. These are good econ program but don't have the prestige or the name recognition of UMich. After my PhD, I am equally open to an academic job or a research role in a big tech company. Please help me out with this decision.
  2. Hello to anyone reading this! I have been admitted to UPenn, U-Michigan, and UNC Chapel Hill for a Masters in Urban Planning and desire to focus on economic development/future of work and how that impacts cities. Moreover, I was accepted to UNC Kenan Flagler for their dual degree MBA program. For anyone who is in one of these programs, have you found them to be sufficient without a secondary degree? For Penn and Michigan, have you liked being a part of a broader Design School? How entrepreneurial are these programs? Lastly, does anyone know why UNC is ranked #5 on Planetizen, which is higher than Penn and Michigan? Is Penn worth the extra expense? Grateful for any help with this discernment process!
  3. For any other UMich MSI applicants, based on trends from previous years, the decisions should come today (March 2nd). So excited to hear back. Anyone else waiting for it?
  4. Hi Everyone, I just wanted to start a forum on those waiting for admission to Fall 2018 University of Michigan School of Information Master's program! Here is a space for you to discuss your worries, get information from others applying, and ask about acceptances/denials. We're all in the same boat! UMSI '18!!
  5. Hi, everyone! I got offers of admission from both the University of Michigan and the University of Toronto into their information studies respectively (i.e. UMSI and iSchool). I would definitely like to attend the UMSI, but unfortunately I was not awarded any financial aids.. So.. now that I have to pay approximately the 40K tuition + 20K living expenses per year to study at the University of Michigan, I am doubtful whether it is a good decision to choose the UMSI over the U of T's iSchool because the latter would cost much much less (I am a Permanent Resident in Canada, and I would move to Toronto with my family, so I wouldn't have to pay rent and plus, the tuition is much less, 13K per year) . The decision would have been much easier if I had received any awards from the U of T, but unfortunately again.. I didn't... (In fact, I expected to get some since my CGPA is 3.93/4.0 from McGill Honours' Degree..) Anyways, my ultimate plan is to work as a UX designer after graduate studies, and I would like to work in the states considering UX designers earn more there, but I would also love to stay in Canada and work here. So.. Please help me make the decision! Any help or advice would be much much appreciated!! Thank you so much and have a great day!
  6. Hi all! I just got back from a visit at the University of Michigan. If anyone has any questions pertaining to Ann Arbor, the University, or its biomedical department (or engineering in general), please feel free to ask and I will do my best to answer based on all the info. I gained while I was there.
  7. Hi! I got accepted in a program to visit the University of Michigan at the end of this month. While there, I will be visiting the department I am applying to as well as attending a symposium where graduate students give poster presentations on their research. I have yet to send in my application, but will be doing so soon. I have a few questions for people who have gone on visits before: 1. What should I wear? 2. Should I email professors I am interested in working with beforehand to see if I can meet up with them if I have time to do so? 3. What should I see in Ann Arbor while I am there? Any recommendations for cool places, restaurants, etc.? 4. Any other additional advice would be great! P.S. I am applying to mainly biomedical engineering PhD programs. Thanks so much!
  8. Hi everyone! Wondering if anyone else is attending the University of Michigan in the fall. I'll be starting a PhD in Neuroscience through the Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS). Would love to hear from anyone else who will be moving to Ann Arbor!
  9. I'm a fourth year ChemE student at an engineering college in India. I've applied to pursue M.S in ChemE in the US and received admits from Cornell, UMich, CMU and Northwestern. All this while, I was dead sure I was going to go to UMich, simply because I felt it was a really selective program and I loved the fact that you could do interdisciplinary projects that were funded by industrial partners. A couple of weeks later, I heard from Cornell University, which was initially the place I really wanted to go because of the research, before applying for the unis. UMich was quite an ambitious college. Most of the professors who I talk to, they all recommend Cornell because they're very aware of its prestige. I'm aware that the job situation is grim for international students in Chemical Engineering. Could you please advise which university would be better for me?
  10. Hello! I have been recently accepted to two really good programs, the Master of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and the Master of International Business at the Fletcher School at Tufts. Tufts offered me a $40k scholarship (20/year) however my acceptance is on the condition I take a quantitative course at community college before August (the quant section of the GRE got the best of my anxiety even after studying for a year). UofM isn't offering any fellowships for me at the moment however I would qualify for in-state tuition. However, my greatest priorities are the curriculum and ability to pursue a career at an international organization post-grad, ideally somewhere like the UNHCR or the IRC. I find that the more compare these two schools/programs, the more confused I get because it feels like comparing apples to oranges. In your opinion, which degree/school/alumni network is more likely (I know it also depends a lot on luck, etc.) to help me stand out as a candidate or bolster my qualifications when pursuing a career as a program/policy manager at an international organization that (ideally) deals with issues of human rights/migration issues. I'm coming into either of these programs with internship experience in Michigan legislative offices, a NGO in Spain, the UNFPA, the State Department's virtual intern program, and two years at a full-time position as a technical analyst (global operations and processes) at an OEM (one of the "Big Three" auto companies). I'm fluent in Polish (native), highly proficient (C1) in Spanish, teaching myself French, and having friends help me with Arabic. Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated! I plan on going to both open houses next month but if those don't help me make a decision, I don't know WHAT I'm going to do...
  11. Hello everybody! This is my first post here, but I've been reading these forums for a while and have felt so validated by a lot of your experiences with grad school. I am graduating in April with a Bachelor's in Womens Studies & Social Work. I really want to get an MSW and work in gerontology after I graduate. So far I've only applied to UM and Wayne State and feel like I blew my chances with both. U of M requested an interview with me last Monday to ask about something I didn't elaborate on in my essay. I was so incredibly nervous, it's like all the things I rehearsed just totally fell out of my brain. And yesterday I got an email from WSU saying I need to edit my personal statement (which I worked so hard on) because I failed to cover something about the code of ethics. Has anyone who has applied at either had any of these issues (or just any grad program in general?) It's been a week since my interview with U of M and I haven't heard anything yet (that's just me being impatient), but its basically all I can think about and I keep thinking of worst case scenarios of me not getting into any grad schools :'( wow, sorry I'm totally rambling, but has anyone experienced any of these things, and does anyone know how long it generally takes to hear back from a school after an interview? Thank you in advance and I hope all of your grad school journeys are going well so far!:)
  12. Hello everyone I'm interested in studying photography (including issues of class, power and the documentary genre). I was accepted to the IFA's MA program, and the UT Austin PhD American Studies program (which would have a strong photography angle). I am wait-listed at U Michigan-Ann Arbor's PhD art history program. I ultimately want to get a PhD, then teach and curate photography. IFA is tremendously respected, and would open a lot of doors (maybe more in curating than academia), but would cost $70,000. UT Austin is of course free. But do you think it 1.) is respected / opens doors and 2.) might allow me to keep a foot in both academic and curating worlds? I would appreciate any insight you might have. Thank you!
  13. Hello GradCafe! I'm a Fall 2017 applicant for U.S. political science PhD programs. I really appreciate the camaraderie and kindness displayed in the applicant discussion forums, as well as the invaluable pieces of advice and information. To that end, I'm here to ask for some more advice! As the application cycle is wrapping up, my most likely options will be Michigan and Columbia. I haven't made a decision yet, but one thing that holds me back from Michigan's otherwise outstanding program is their funding situation: they have a so-called ten-term rule (http://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/faculty-staff/graduate-education/policies/the-ten-term-rule.html) that limits funding from the College General Fund for doctoral candidates to ten semesters. Could any insiders provide some insight on: 1) how realistic it is to get funding beyond the fifth year; and 2) anything else about Michigan or Columbia that might help in making a decision. For example, I'm wondering what the departmental culture is like at each institution. I have heard that faculty at some top-ten departments overwork their students--as in this thread (http://forum.thegradcafe.com/topic/86719-some-words-of-caution/#comment-1058436012), some students work 70+ hours every week and are told that they are "falling behind if they're not reading in the shower." In contrast, another poster in that same thread states that a (well-focused) 9-to-5 work schedule was sufficient. I of course understand that a PhD will not (and should not) be a picnic, but I'm trying to get a sense of whether the coursework component at either school is more like an excuse to torment students than an opportunity to prepare students for their dissertation phase. 3) the relative strengths of the international relations departments in each school. Thank you all very much in advance!
  14. Hello everyone! I am new to The Grad Cafe. I am an undergraduate student from Michigan currently pursuing a degree in Sociology. I will graduate in April 2017 (1 year away)! I plan to attend an MSW program straight out of undergrad and am curious to get some insight from those who have already gone through the process. I have been researching for a few months and right now I am most interested in: University of Michigan University of Washington University of Denver Portland State University UC Berkeley Smith College My path would be clinical. I am most interested in working with Children/youth but am interested in a variety of settings (schools, hospitals, nonprofits) at home and even abroad. For those that have been accepted to one or more of these programs, what are your stats? What type of experiences did you have? What do you think made you stand out? When did you start applying to MSW programs? Do you have any tips? How far in advance of application deadlines did you start preparing? Did anyone else go straight out of undergrad? Do you think that this put you at an advantage or disadvantage? Is applying as an out of state applicant an advantage or disadvantage to most of these programs? My current stats: GPA: 3.6 America Reads Corp Member - (reading tutor in public elementary school) Substitute teacher in Detroit Public Schools Alternative Spring Break Volunteer (2 years in a row) Vice President of Student Organization - Have been involved in lots of event planning, volunteering/ and volunteer project creation, professional development, fundraising, etc. WHAT ARE MY CHANCES? WHAT CAN I DO IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS TO MAKE MYSELF A STRONGER APPLICANT COME WINTER? WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR EXPERIENCES IN THESE PROGRAMS? Thanks so much for any information you can share with me! I am so excited for my future in this field and to speak with some of you who share similar aspirations! Thanks everyone
  15. Just got admissions from these universities as a Master student in Electrical Engineering for fall 2016. Could anyone please give me some advice on where to go? I would first give my priority to the convenience in finding a job,then goes to how friendly the place is to the LGBT people. All kinds of advice is welcomed here!
  16. I've gotten into the schools mentioned above (UMichigan, CU Boulder, U Delaware, UC Santa Barbara) for engineering PhD and would appreciate input about living (cost, quality of life, socialness, parking) from anyone who has attended these schools. Any input helps! Thanks
  17. Hi, I got admitted into Michigan's EE Masters program, thesis option yesterday. However, I can't afford Michigan's out of state for the life of me - I'd wipe away my savings in literally a semester (Texas resident). I'm wondering if anyone knows the process for applying to RA positions? Is it something you do after accepting an offer, or before? Is it really just emailing professors with similar interests as yours and asking for the availability of funded RA positions (which I know are predominantly left for PhD students)? Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you! Oscar
  18. Hey all, Wondering a few things! 1) If you have heard from Michigan, what are your stats, etc. and when did you apply? (Whatever you don't mind answering, of course!) 2) Have you received any merit aid? 3) I am concerned because even though I submitted my application on 12/01, it was not listed as "complete" until three weeks ago. Does this mean I am still considered early action? I figure I'll call the office but ask here first. 4) Anything else UMich MSW related you want to discuss I feel like I won't hear from Michigan until, like, April even though I submitted in December =[ The wait is gnawing at me!
  19. I'm going crazy trying to decide... Maybe ya'll can help me? If you had to pick either U Chicago or U Mich, considering the MSW program, the school, town, etc (the whole package), which school would YOU choose and why? THANKS!
  20. I go to MIT and I was recently rejected from Georgia Tech. I suspect that this is because my GPA is a bit on a lower side. I am a solid B student. My GPA was hurt a lot by my HASS classes and the required Biology class in Junior year. I got mostly A's in my junior and senior aerospace classes. I was somewhat expecting to get into Georgia Tech, but when I didn't get in, it was defiantly a wake up call. I applied to University of Michigan and now I'm worried that I won't get into Michigan's Aerospace program in Gas Dynamics. Has anyone run into this kind of situation? I know at this point it's mid February and I can't do anything but wait, but I would like to know of other people's experience and if anyone on this forum thinks that getting into U Mich is still a possibility for me. Thank you for reading this. Any thoughts/opinions on this would be greatly appreciated.
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