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On 2/27/2021 at 5:26 AM, smug-face said:

did not reach out to faculty. Most blog posts from professors I've read also recommended not reaching out in advance (e.g. Cyrus Samii's at NYU, Chris Blattman's at Harris). As to people talking about PoI, I was also surprised -- though I have to say, in most (all?) of the programs I was admitted to, the DGS who emailed me with the good news was also one of the people I mentioned in my SoP...

Congrats on all your offers! These are all great choices. I'm curious how you are weighing your options - Chicago vs NYU vs the others. Happy to talk over DMs as well.

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JUST GOT A FULLY FUNDED OFFER FROM CONCORDIA!!!!!

I just got a call from the program director for Government & Social Policy at Harvard letting me know I've been accepted! Really can't believe it, I had completely given up hope for this cycl

I JUST GOT AN OFFER FROM USC WITH FELLOWSHIP AAAAH (still have to put it in the survey) 

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1 minute ago, poliscihopeful2021 said:

Congrats on all your offers! These are all great choices. I'm curious how you are weighing your options - Chicago vs NYU vs the others. Happy to talk over DMs as well.

For sure, DM me :) 

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hi everyone! i've been lurking for a while and really appreciated this thread in moments of stress, so i thought maybe it'd be a good place to pose this question.

i've got a few meetings this week with faculty at a programs i was accepted to with whom i don't really share many research interests-- i've been having a hard time coming up with questions that can't already be answered by the website, and i really don't want to bore them/really do want to learn as much about the program as i can. 

what are the important questions that i should be asking faculty at this stage?

thanks in advance for any help!! 

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Long time observer but first time poster. Congratulations to all of you who got into your dream schools, half-congratulations to those who are waitlisted like myself. I got an update from Maryland that I have been put on the waitlist. Just checking with fellow mates who have been accepted to Maryland's Govt and Politics PhD program, if any of you would like to decline the offer in case you have better offer! Thank you. 

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2 hours ago, spurlark said:

i've been having a hard time coming up with questions that can't already be answered by the website, and i really don't want to bore them/really do want to learn as much about the program as i can. 

In my (limited) experience, if you share research interests, it is nice to ask them about their current projects. You may end up working for them, so it is nice to get a sense of what they are doing.

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29 minutes ago, kaiser2cu said:

Long time observer but first time poster. Congratulations to all of you who got into your dream schools, half-congratulations to those who are waitlisted like myself. I got an update from Maryland that I have been put on the waitlist. Just checking with fellow mates who have been accepted to Maryland's Govt and Politics PhD program, if any of you would like to decline the offer in case you have better offer! Thank you. 

whats your subfield? theres a couple of us that have claimed umd waitlists so hoping for the best for all of us

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I am also claiming a waitlist on UGA's PhD Program. Also IR/subfield. Does anyone have any idea when they might reach out to waitlisted students? I have an offer from another university with a deadline of 15th March. I can't risk waiting longer, as that is my only offer with funding at the moment. Any advice?

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19 minutes ago, HolyGinger said:

I am also claiming a waitlist on UGA's PhD Program. Also IR/subfield. Does anyone have any idea when they might reach out to waitlisted students? I have an offer from another university with a deadline of 15th March. I can't risk waiting longer, as that is my only offer with funding at the moment. Any advice?

Is the deadline from Albany? If so it might be worth getting in touch with someone as their deadline shouldn't be before April 15th. If it's not a CGS (Council of Graduate Schools) member then you might want to reach out to UGA to tell them about your deadline. It might not change anything, but it's probably a good idea. 

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36 minutes ago, Homeless said:

Is the deadline from Albany? If so it might be worth getting in touch with someone as their deadline shouldn't be before April 15th. If it's not a CGS (Council of Graduate Schools) member then you might want to reach out to UGA to tell them about your deadline. It might not change anything, but it's probably a good idea. 

Yes it is from Albany. I have sent an email to UGA telling about my situation. Hopefully it helps, or at least they'll let me know my chances. 

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29 minutes ago, HolyGinger said:

Yes it is from Albany. I have sent an email to UGA telling about my situation. Hopefully it helps, or at least they'll let me know my chances. 

That's curious. I thought all programs had the April 15th deadline, but obviously I was wrong.

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20 minutes ago, Theory007 said:

That's curious. I thought all programs had the April 15th deadline, but obviously I was wrong.

An April 15th dealine would be perfect for my situation right now haha but I guess at least for UAlbany it's different

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It may be worth checking with the DGS on that. Most schools have an agreement that prohibits them from setting deadlines before April 15 (and I think Albany is one). It may be different for you, but there may have been a mistake. 

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3 minutes ago, HolyGinger said:

An April 15th dealine would be perfect for my situation right now haha but I guess at least for UAlbany it's different

Okay. I have you not heard from NYU yet? It might be a good time to reach out to them and check. I think I'd take Albany and not wait for Georgia if I was in your position

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2 hours ago, Theory007 said:

Okay. I have you not heard from NYU yet? It might be a good time to reach out to them and check. I think I'd take Albany and not wait for Georgia if I was in your position

Right now I'll definitely pick Albany since Georgia is not certain but if they also give funding, well that will be though :D I'm thinking about reaching out to NYU as well but I think that's already a rejection at this point.

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14 hours ago, HolyGinger said:

Yes it is from Albany. I have sent an email to UGA telling about my situation. Hopefully it helps, or at least they'll let me know my chances. 

I wish everything work out for you at UAlbany! Regarding UGA, did they tell you anything about the waitlist? I sent an e-mail to the GDS inquiring about the cohort's size and also to know my chances.

 

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35 minutes ago, applicant45457 said:

I wish everything work out for you at UAlbany! Regarding UGA, did they tell you anything about the waitlist? I sent an e-mail to the GDS inquiring about the cohort's size and also to know my chances.

 

Thanks! They have just returned my email but they didn't say anything about the cohort size. Only that the next round of offers probably won't come before March 15th. I guess my problem solved itself hahaha

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11 hours ago, Homeless said:

It may be worth checking with the DGS on that. Most schools have an agreement that prohibits them from setting deadlines before April 15 (and I think Albany is one). It may be different for you, but there may have been a mistake. 

Well I they sent me the offer on 15th of February so I thought 15th of March was for everyone who got the offer 1 month prior to the deadline. It might also be that way cause I'm an international student and I assume it takes a loong long time to get a visa. I thought about asking them to possibly extend my deadline but I'm so sure that it would ne fair to others on UAlbany's waitlist to wait longer because of me. I'd really appreciate if anyone else had a similar experience and would want to share. Also, are there any UGA admits with funding who are thinking of rejecting their offer?

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On 2/26/2021 at 5:52 PM, ps10 said:

Thanks for this! A question I have for the group regards point 3: to contact faculty or not to contact faculty? 

I am not from the US so am not sure about the customs there regarding reaching out to faculty during the applications process. I'd be grateful if people could share their thoughts and experiences of this. It has struck me that a lot of admits on this forum and the results page have first heard about it from their 'POIs'. To those who reached out: did you find this made a difference? How so? When did you reach out? To those who didn't: I'd also be very grateful to hear your thoughts on this! Thanks in advance everyone! 

I have contact some of the faculty members. For one school it helped me determine it was not the right school for me. I asked them about some classes that the professors was said to be teaching soon and was informed that the class has not, and will likely not be taught again for some time. In other instances professors I have who are recent alumni and helped me contact faculty members. I have never had a poor response/reaction from emailing a faculty member and most have been happy to answer any question. I don't think it hurt my application at all. If it helps according to my professors it allows for the possibility of name recognition when they are looking at applicants and they highly suggest we do it.  

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