Nothalfgood Posted March 29, 2021 Share Posted March 29, 2021 (edited) I hope you all have been having a spectabulous Spring and are excited about your options for this Fall if you have been applying to schools this season. I've been lucky to receive very good results for my PhD applications, and I do believe that I'm ready to make my decision. However, I would like to crowdsource my question just for that last drop of insight, and maybe also because I'm curious: which statistics PhD program between University of Chicago and Carnegie Mellon University would you be most inclined to choose (if those were both your best or only options)? The typical points of comparison I've approached are along these lines: UChicago has a more comprehensive theoretical program with many courses and course options, offers somewhat safer summer funding to most students, and has collaborations with nearby institutions like Toyota Tech and Argonne; CMU has more freedom built into their program without qualifying exams or as strict and intense a course load, emphasizes interdisciplinary work and applied projects more, and is located in a safer and more affordable neighborhood. I think that these may be enough to decide which department culture is more to one's general preferences, but it's not a total and unilateral comparison. I have met current students at both programs who faced the same decision, so I'm confident that there's no wrong answer. I can only truly learn about department culture by living and interacting in the respective environments. As such, I have come to a biased decision from these simple impressions alone and would like to see whether I'm approximately in agreement with the broader community of new grad students in my field. Edited March 29, 2021 by Nothalfgood DanielWarlock 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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