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Planning Admissions 2023


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28/M/Int'l student

Undergraduate degree/School/Year graduated 

BA in Sociology / UC / Sep 2021

GPA - GRE  - TOEFL (for Int'l students) 

3.71 cumulative, no GRE

Work Experience:

Military, 1-year designing

Letter of recommendations: (from whom)

professors within the field of Environmental studies.

Schools applied to:  Harvard, MIT, yale, UCLA, UCB, UCSB

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Out:

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Awaiting: Harvard, MIT, yale, UCLA, UCB, UCSB

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Wow!  I noticed pages and pages of discussion in last year's admissions cycle and almost nothing this year.  Have folks moved this sort of discussion elsewhere?

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bumping this...

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23/M/USA

Undergraduate degree/School/Year graduated 

BA in Geography / Top 30 Liberal Arts College / 2021

GPA - GRE  - TOEFL (for Int'l students) 

3.69 cumulative, no GRE

Work Experience:

2 research assistantships in urban geography/built environment

Internship with planning dept. of municipal government

Internship with planning dept. of transit agency

Transportation Planner at MPO (current position)

~2.5 years of combined experience (1.5 yr part time/internships, 1 yr full time)

Letter of recommendations: (from whom)

1 from research advisor/professor, 2 from supervisors

Schools applied to:  NYU, UCB, Pratt, Columbia

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Out:

Wait-list:

Awaiting: NYU, UCB, Pratt, Columbia

Results:

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24/M/USA

Undergraduate degree/School/Year graduated 

BS in Public Policy / Big 10 University / 2021

GPA - GRE  - TOEFL (for Int'l students) 

3.68 cumulative, no GRE

Work Experience:

1 year at an economic development social services non-profit

1 year at a financial software firm

Letter of recommendations: (from whom)

2 from professors, 1 from supervisor

Schools applied to:  Columbia, Hunter, McGill, Penn

In:

Out:

Wait-list:

Awaiting: Columbia, Hunter, McGill, Penn

Results:

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22/F/USA

Undergraduate degree/School/Year graduated 

BA in Geography and Russian / Miami of Ohio / Dec 2021

GPA - GRE  - TOEFL (for Int'l students) 

3.88 cumulative, 3.97 major, no GRE

Work Experience

Congressional intern; Fulbright ETA

Letter of recommendations: (from whom)

2 geography professors, 1 mentoring professor

Schools applied to:  Harvard, Cornell, Michigan, UVA, VT, VCU

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Wait-list:

Awaiting: Harvard, Cornell, Michigan, UVA, VT, VCU

Results:

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23/F/USA

Undergraduate degree/School/Year graduated 

BA in Sociology and Political Science / Top Public / 2021

GPA - GRE  - TOEFL (for Int'l students) 

3.98 GPA - 165V / 158Q 

Work Experience:

Nonprofit 2 years

State Dept. of Transportation Internship

Letter of recommendations: (from whom)

professors, 1 professional reference

Schools applied to:  Harvard, MIT, UPenn, NYU, Columbia, Michigan, Georgetown

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Awaiting: Harvard, MIT, UPenn, NYU, Columbia, Michigan, Georgetown

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31/F/USA

Undergraduate degree/School/Year graduated 

BA in Philosophy / Top 10 Liberal Arts / 2014

GPA - GRE  - TOEFL (for Int'l students) 

3.67 GPA - no GRE

Work Experience:

4.5 years urban / transportation tech 

2 years transportation equity nonprofit 

2.5 years MPO - climate planning 

Letter of recommendations: (from whom)

2 bosses, 1 undergrad prof/advisor, 1 senior colleague 

Schools applied to:  Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, UCLA, USC, UIC, Portland State

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Out:

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Awaiting: Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, UCLA, USC, UIC, Portland State

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On 1/29/2023 at 1:00 PM, Lalaloveya said:

I was looking at last year’s thread, and it looks like a ton of schools send out decisions in February. Is that the norm? I was expecting March, just based on what the schools were saying when I applied! 

@Lalaloveya I was wondering the same thing! It seems like some schools send out "initial" notifications in February, then follow-up with confirmation and/or funding offers in March. But I think it all depends on the program. 
 

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