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45 minutes ago, daradara said:

The Villanova offer was for an MA, right? When I graduated from my BA, I decided not to apply to PhD and went to an MA first because I felt like I did not have the skills to be comfortable doing research at a high level. In fact, I did not feel like I even had a clear idea of what I really wanted to research. It really was the best decision I could make for my development and I felt quite confident applying for PhD this year because I was able to get extensive language training, settle on a robust and innovative topic, and get a deep understanding of the scholarship in my field. Personally, I recommend an MA to anyone, and hopefully the funding goes well for you. I did my BA at University of Pennsylvania and I visited Villanova when I was taking a language certification exam and it really is a beautiful campus! The whole Philadelphia metro is a great place very rich in education and culture, and the city proper is one of my favorite places in the world, up there with places likes NYC and Tokyo for me.

100% agree! I never considered skipping the MA and even just picking a thesis topic made me rethink what I wanted to research. I feel like I would have been completely unprepared to apply to doctoral programs without my MA. Although now that the application stress is over, I have to finish and defend my thesis! My acceptance to my top choice program is conditional upon completion of my MA and I feel behind!

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43 minutes ago, TexasTiger said:

So five listed Princeton acceptances...we can probably assume they sent all their acceptances

😕

Sorry to hear that.

It was always kind of an expected rejection for me since it was the only school I applied to without contacting my POI first. It wasn't the best fit, though I think my POI there would be a good mentor for my project.

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Good luck for those who got accepted to Princeton!

I also applied to Princeton, had a very positive response from the POI but now I'm anxious about the offer... Haven't got any news yet. 

 

 

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Hi guys,

I am offered admission from University of Kentucky for PhD in Medieval history.

But as an international student, I find I do not really understand the department.

Can anyone share me some information about the doctoral program and the department of history?

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I was waitlisted at UMich and presumably rejected from Harvard, Chicago, and Princeton. I plan to accept the offer from Yale soon, so I hope it gives someone a seat at the University of Illinois.

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4 hours ago, hpleon said:

Hi guys,

I am offered admission from University of Kentucky for PhD in Medieval history.

But as an international student, I find I do not really understand the department.

Can anyone share me some information about the doctoral program and the department of history?

I have also been offered acceptance to UK, PM me!!!!

i don’t know anything about medieval history specifically but I’ve been working to understand the program overall!

 

edit: we can work our way through figuring it out together.

Edited by DanaJ

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3 hours ago, Karou said:

Congratulations @Jericho and @Tigla!! Very happy for you both! :)

And good vibes to anyone still anxiously waiting.

Thank you! :)

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Congratulations on the many admissions! :) I'm waiting to hear from Princeton (though I did not apply through History department, but from East Asian Studies) and few others...Do you guys think things are handled separately? Because my subfield is Japanese history and I don't know whether they consider all the Japanese history application together regardless of department🤔 

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17 hours ago, hahahahaleigh said:

I know that this is something that's often said, but how often is this really the case? Two of my schools have already sent out offers (USC and UCLA), and UCLA has handed out some rejections. I haven't heard anything from either school. UCLA is my top choice so I am really hoping I'm on some sort of waitlist or something, but I'm also trying not to get my hopes up.

I think there's always a chance because the top choice applicants are likely to apply to all unis, get accepted in several, and then inevitably need to turn all but one offers down. It might not be the most likely outcome, but it's a possibility. Chin up :)

Edit: Also, did you guys see the new NYU acceptance on the results page! They're really keeping us on their toes, aren't they? Though both of the accepted applicants were notified on 7th Feb so maybe their results are out but a very small cohort and not many of them gradcafe obsessed?

Edited by elx

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17 minutes ago, historygeek said:

Let me just say that I really hope I get any rejections on/by Thursday. Friday is my birthday. 

Ooof, I can relate. Mine was this past Sunday, it was a "milestone" birthday, and although I did my best to keep focused on the moment.... it's not easy. I hope Friday is a great day for you and that all news comes before then.

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27 minutes ago, historygeek said:

Let me just say that I really hope I get any rejections on/by Thursday. Friday is my birthday. 

Oh no! Have you thought about logging off your emails for a day? I got my rejection email on my Mum's birthday (Friday), she came to visit me for the weekend and I was really listless all through the time we were meant to be celebrating. It sucked -- and it wasn't even my bday.

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Just now, elx said:

Oh no! Have you thought about logging off your emails for a day? I got my rejection email on my Mum's birthday (Friday), she came to visit me for the weekend and I was really listless all through the time we were meant to be celebrating. It sucked -- and it wasn't even my bday.

Yeah, I think I'm going to turn off email notifications! 

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1 hour ago, elx said:

I think there's always a chance because the top choice applicants are likely to apply to all unis, get accepted in several, and then inevitably need to turn all but one offers down. It might not be the most likely outcome, but it's a possibility. Chin up :)

Yes, it's certainly the case that top applicants will get multiple offers. But I wonder about all the other moving pieces that go into a second-round offer? For example, when someone turns down an offer, I assume the school would move to fill that slot with another applicant from roughly the same field? I'm sure there are even more factors other than field that I'm not thinking of at the moment.

I'm keeping up my hopes about a second round offer at Wisconsin/Northwestern, or an acceptance at Cornell. I'm assuming rejection at Yale and Princeton, but I knew the outcomes of those programs would be impossible to predict. 

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2 hours ago, elx said:

I think there's always a chance because the top choice applicants are likely to apply to all unis, get accepted in several, and then inevitably need to turn all but one offers down. It might not be the most likely outcome, but it's a possibility. Chin up :)

Edit: Also, did you guys see the new NYU acceptance on the results page! They're really keeping us on their toes, aren't they? Though both of the accepted applicants were notified on 7th Feb so maybe their results are out but a very small cohort and not many of them gradcafe obsessed?

Ah well, I just got rejected from UCLA this morning, so it seems that I wasn’t waitlisted.

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36 minutes ago, hahahahaleigh said:

Ah well, I just got rejected from UCLA this morning, so it seems that I wasn’t waitlisted.

That sucks, I'm sorry!

1 hour ago, Balleu said:

Yes, it's certainly the case that top applicants will get multiple offers. But I wonder about all the other moving pieces that go into a second-round offer? For example, when someone turns down an offer, I assume the school would move to fill that slot with another applicant from roughly the same field? I'm sure there are even more factors other than field that I'm not thinking of at the moment.

I'm keeping up my hopes about a second round offer at Wisconsin/Northwestern, or an acceptance at Cornell. I'm assuming rejection at Yale and Princeton, but I knew the outcomes of those programs would be impossible to predict. 

Yeah it probably would be the same field an offer was declined in, but who's to say that's not going to be your field?! Also, I've no idea how rejections work but lots of Yale ones have gone out (if the results page is to be trusted), but you haven't yet got one. It might mean nothing, but it also might mean they're still considering your application!

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Has anyone else been waitlisted at Princeton? How many people do you think get waitlisted? Chances of being pulled off the waitlist?

Edited by youngblood79

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6 minutes ago, elx said:

Also, I've no idea how rejections work but lots of Yale ones have gone out (if the results page is to be trusted), but you haven't yet got one. It might mean nothing, but it also might mean they're still considering your application!

Thanks! I applied to Yale's History of Science and Medicine track, which does its own admissions. So my application is still floating in the ether. 

Just got an email from Princeton: the rejection is official. I knew it was a long shot, but it was worth trying for. 

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Yes, I just received my rejection from Princeton as well. I was expecting as much, as I sent in a still quite rough version of my writing sample that I polished up only in time for my final applications! The early deadlines were basically trial runs, so I am thankful for them anyhow. This was my first real rejection, and I am happy to receive it actually. I think Princeton is nice for sending our rejections the day after acceptances, unlike some other schools which have apparently decided weeks ago but still are taking their sweet time.

Sorry to hear you were also rejected Balleu, and I hope you get in somewhere soon. I know several people on this board are planning on turning down their Northwestern acceptances, so hopefully you are considered.

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I also just got my first rejection from Princeton. I am totally relieved to receive it though! I expected it from the beginning because I didn't contact my POI and my topic is out of his temporal area of interest. This process is almost over for me!

Now to continue wondering whether Harvard's HEAL program has already sent out its acceptances (there's nothing on the GradCafe board though!)... 

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Princeton rejection just came in. Sure have learned a lot this application cycle! Looking forward to being able to start looking at new plans for 2020. Going for the MA degree is definitely at the top of my list. Congratulations to those who received acceptances! 

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21 minutes ago, Carltonjacobs said:

When does UT Austin come out with decisions?

According to the results page, usually early March/late, late February

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