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Hello guys! I've been lurking here for a while and now decided to share my experience. In particular, I'd like to reach out those of you who have been rejected so far:
A few weeks ago, I was admitted by one of the solid schools in the top-30. The previous two application cycles left me with a bitter aftertaste. - I almost lost confidence in my ability to succeed and was depressed. However, I did not give up: kept reading literature, slightly improved the GRE score, took a few relevant courses, and thus attained the target from the third attempt. When I saw the offer, I could not believe my eyes - it was such a fantastic feeling! 
So, it is possible to break through the concrete walls of the admission committees. - Do not underestimate your capabilities, and do not allow depression to engulf you! Take a break, and keep moving ahead!

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Welp, I received my last application decision last night. So I guess this cycle is over for me! I'll be posting my profile in the other thread once I make my decision (probably on Sunday).  I wis

Officially struck out this year so I'm done here for now, but congrats to everyone who got in this cycle! For those who did not, solidarity :). 

Claiming a rejection from Columbia (email to check the portal this morning). Also claiming a Harvard acceptance (got a call this morning). Only have Yale to hear back from, and after that I'll post my

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11 hours ago, sloth_girl said:

Haha, I'm still trying to figure that out myself! I know I did a pretty good job at the main points that others have talked about (e.g. get good GRE scores, good uGPA, well-crafted SOP, etc.), and I'll be posting my profile and info once the cycle finishes. But honestly, I think I just got very lucky this round. When I talk to POIs, there was a lot of "oh, we just hired this person and this person straight out of grad school who you have great fit with!", which I couldn't have anticipated. I'm not confident that any other application season would have yielded the same results if that makes sense. 

Totally agree with your point about fit. One of my top choices, I was accepted largely because they're doing a big hiring push in my area this year. If I could go back and change my approach to the application cycle, this would be a major question I would ask of POIs: "What are faculty working on, and is the department making any new hires in any different areas?"

Of course, I am sure your application was stellar regardless of fit, but just reiterating that point because I was shocked by how important that ended up being.

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On 2/15/2020 at 11:55 PM, sloth_girl said:

Haha, I'm still trying to figure that out myself! I know I did a pretty good job at the main points that others have talked about (e.g. get good GRE scores, good uGPA, well-crafted SOP, etc.), and I'll be posting my profile and info once the cycle finishes. But honestly, I think I just got very lucky this round. When I talk to POIs, there was a lot of "oh, we just hired this person and this person straight out of grad school who you have great fit with!", which I couldn't have anticipated. I'm not confident that any other application season would have yielded the same results if that makes sense. 

You're incredible. Congratulations on all of your success :) really looking forward to reading your profile+info, I'd love to learn from you for next year. 

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On 2/15/2020 at 4:55 PM, sloth_girl said:

Haha, I'm still trying to figure that out myself! I know I did a pretty good job at the main points that others have talked about (e.g. get good GRE scores, good uGPA, well-crafted SOP, etc.), and I'll be posting my profile and info once the cycle finishes. But honestly, I think I just got very lucky this round. When I talk to POIs, there was a lot of "oh, we just hired this person and this person straight out of grad school who you have great fit with!", which I couldn't have anticipated. I'm not confident that any other application season would have yielded the same results if that makes sense. 

You're too modest. Surely it's more than pure luck that you're like one of the most competitive applicants to political science programs in 2020 :) 

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16 hours ago, PhD2020Applicant said:

You're incredible. Congratulations on all of your success :) really looking forward to reading your profile+info, I'd love to learn from you for next year. 

Thank you so much -- I'll be happy to post once I've heard back everywhere. 

14 hours ago, Theory007 said:

You're too modest. Surely it's more than pure luck that you're like one of the most competitive applicants to political science programs in 2020 :) 

Haha luck always plays into graduate admissions -- there's no way to control a lot of the factors that affect admissions (e.g. availability of advisors, funding, etc.). I think I did well for the things within my "control" and overcame some things in my background. But I'll say this: both good performance and luck are necessary but not individually sufficient for admissions to graduate school. 

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Hi everyone, I'm new to the forum. 

I have a question, has anyone seen any changes to their portal for UChicago? Mine is showing that I need to submit an official transcript for my current institution which I do not recall it showing before. I was wondering if this means I might be accepted given what it says on the 3rd paragraph of the UChicago website https://socialsciences.uchicago.edu/admissions/application-materials/transcripts. Any other ideas on what this could mean, if anything? There is nothing on my portal saying that I was accepted/denied or a link to a decision letter. Thank you!

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16 minutes ago, Jaliboy said:

Hi everyone, I'm new to the forum. 

I have a question, has anyone seen any changes to their portal for UChicago? Mine is showing that I need to submit an official transcript for my current institution which I do not recall it showing before. I was wondering if this means I might be accepted given what it says on the 3rd paragraph of the UChicago website https://socialsciences.uchicago.edu/admissions/application-materials/transcripts. Any other ideas on what this could mean, if anything? There is nothing on my portal saying that I was accepted/denied or a link to a decision letter. Thank you!

Mine shows the same thing. Is this just a glitch? 

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Hi all :)

Im an international applicant, wait-listed at Pittsburgh, the top school in my list of applications (mostly rejections so far).

Got an email from the DGS that I might be interviewed in early March. Wondering if I could get some interview advice on what to expect for interview questions, anything would be appreciated. Please DM me.Thank you so much. 

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