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Congratulations!!!

I just got admitted as well. rolleyes.gif

I am afraid I can't visit as I have a big event in my current institution which I absolutely have to attend. Are you going?

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Yes, I think I'm. After a visit to another university that Sunday afternoon I am going to fly right in. I have never been to Chicago and I want to personally get acquainted with professors and the university campus before I make a decision.

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Thanks for the congrats. To tell you the truth, I was quite surprised. That morning I had received a rejection letter from UCSD, and the day before I got Berkeley's rejection. I was waiting for another one specially since it was in the spam box.

I feel truly fortunate. I think all of us are more than qualified to be accepted by a top program.

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Congrats on your acceptance to U of Chicago! I'm going to arrive Monday morning so hopefully we get a chance to meet each other. Fell free to message me.

I was admitted as well! Yes, I am going to History Day. I'll be flying in on Sunday from Oakland.

I'm very excited, I've never been to Chicago. I'm still waiting to hear from six other schools.

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I was wondering why I still hadn't heard from Chicago too, since I've seen both acceptances and rejections on the results page for a couple of weeks now. Today I got an email from them and a PDF attachment that says the following:

I am sorry to inform you that the faculty of the Department of History was unable to recommend admission. However, because of your interest in the social sciences and the strength of your application, we would like to offer for your consideration an alternative for study at the University of Chicago.

The Master of Arts Program in Middle Eastern Studies provides a two year program which is described online at http://www.cmes.uchicago.edu. We are suggesting this program because we see its possible advantages for you. I have taken the liberty of referring your application to the MES faculty members and am pleased to report that they have recommended admission. This letter, then, serves as a formal offer of admission to the program for 2011/2012. In addition, I am pleased to inform you that we can offer financial assistance. The conditions of admission and aid are contained on the attached Admission Reply Form and accompanying “Financial Aid Terms for Newly-Admitted Students.” Acceptance of our offer indicates your acceptance of all conditions and terms of the award as specified on these forms. The deadline for accepting our offer is May 1.

I got a half tuition scholarship worth $22,284 too, which makes me very happy. I won't be going to Chicago since I've already been accepted to an excellent Ph.D. program with funding, but it does feel good to know that I was at least admitted to the university. So to all you who are still waiting, silence doesn't necessarily mean bad news; maybe you'll still at least get that consolation M.A. (which might end up having good enough funding for you to attend). Good luck! :)

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Yeah, I got a consolation MA offer from MAPPS this morning. I guess that's why it took them so long. Only partially funded, so I'm going to pass.

Same thing for me. I'd love to head over to Chicago, but 1/3 tuition isn't going to be enough. It was a nice offer, though.

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Does anyone actually know anything about the MAPSS program? Since it looks like I'm going to be weighing various MA offers this year I might as well weigh this one too. The website is nice and FAQ is useful but I don't want to rely on just their word. Searching around gradcafe seems to yield conflicting opinions (some think it's great, some think it's not).

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Does anyone actually know anything about the MAPSS program? Since it looks like I'm going to be weighing various MA offers this year I might as well weigh this one too. The website is nice and FAQ is useful but I don't want to rely on just their word. Searching around gradcafe seems to yield conflicting opinions (some think it's great, some think it's not).

Well can you make their visiting days? If I were you, I'd contact students currently in the program...if you can't find the information on their website, I'm sure you could ask the administration to give you some contact info.

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I also received the MA offer, with full tuition reimbursement. Unless the city of Chicago accepts buttons as payment for food and housing, I'll pass.

Same thing for me. I'd love to head over to Chicago, but 1/3 tuition isn't going to be enough. It was a nice offer, though.

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Well can you make their visiting days? If I were you, I'd contact students currently in the program...if you can't find the information on their website, I'm sure you could ask the administration to give you some contact info.

Yeah, I can make it to the visiting days and I'll probably go. I'm just curious about less concrete things like reputation; it's Chicago but it is still a freestanding MA program and they seem to be pushing the sales pitch pretty hard. Many people here seem to have a decent read on what's good and what's not so I figured I'd see what people have heard.

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I got the MAPSS offer as well, which is really starting to make me think I should have applied to fewer PhD programs and more MA programs, but alas. Apparently I'm not as cool as you guys though, I got offered ONE THIRD tuition, which is apparently exorbitant. I might check out the visiting day, only because Chicago is a better school than where I got my other offer, but, unless they really increased that financial aid offer, it's incredibly unlikely.

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I got offered ONE THIRD tuition, which is apparently exorbitant.

I'm glad I wasn't the only one who thought that. laugh.gif I did a little bit of a double take when I realized that that amount of money only constituted 1/3 of the tuition. I probably should have applied to a few extra MA programs as well.

I'm not sure if this is how things work - the financial side of graduate school is not something I know a whole lot about - but it seems like there's at least a slight possibility that some extra money might open up if not a lot of people take them up on the offer. If you're really sold on U Chicago, it's at least worth a shot to wait around a bit and see how things go.

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Does anyone actually know anything about the MAPSS program? Since it looks like I'm going to be weighing various MA offers this year I might as well weigh this one too. The website is nice and FAQ is useful but I don't want to rely on just their word. Searching around gradcafe seems to yield conflicting opinions (some think it's great, some think it's not).

Cash cow. Unless you are independently wealthy, it probably isn't worth taking out those kinds of loans to pay tuition AND housing for an MA program.

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