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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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2 hours ago, ps114 said:

Those accepted at Harvard--what subfields are you guys in??? Anyone in IR?

Waiting anxiously for news from them...

I'm CP (I do gender work though, so I also fall into American as a secondary category). 

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Are there any other Columbia applicants who haven’t heard back yet? I checked my portal and it looks like there’s a new application for the MA program along with my original PhD application which is still in submitted status. Assuming this means I’ve been deferred to the MA pool, but wondering if anyone else is in the same boat! 

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7 hours ago, starbucksqueen said:

Curious what everyone’s quant background is...I can’t tell if I have too little experience relative to competitive candidates 

I have zero quant background - last math I did was in high school and the methods course in my undergrad. I was still accepted to a top 5 program.

I'd definitely get some quant in if you can, but otherwise you can still be competitive. 

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7 hours ago, starbucksqueen said:

Curious what everyone’s quant background is...I can’t tell if I have too little experience relative to competitive candidates 

I took two undergraduate courses in research design (we covered regression analysis, spatial modeling, factor analysis, programming in R and SPSS, and data visualization). As an MA student, I took a course on inferential and descriptive network analysis. I think these courses may have compensated for my less-than-ideal quantitative GRE score.

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7 hours ago, starbucksqueen said:

Curious what everyone’s quant background is...I can’t tell if I have too little experience relative to competitive candidates 

I had a few quant courses from undergrad and a pretty good quant GRE (164). I've heard that it's more of a concern if you score below the 80th percentile, but if you score 80th percentile or above, then they are less concerned about the lack of quant courses. The exception for this is if you plan to do formal modeling work/game theory -- then they'll want to see a more robust quant transcript.

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47 minutes ago, starbucksqueen said:

Does anyone know if the AP Harvard emails were generic or personalized? Trying to figure out if there are more seats available...

I originally got a call and just got an more "generic" email today. They said they accepted 25 of over 500. 

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