ankurshah Posted May 1, 2013 Share Posted May 1, 2013 Hello Everyone, I was a fellow PhD applicant. An international applicant with a master's degree from US but currently residing in my home country. I has applied to around 8 uni for PhD program in chemical and/or materials engineering. Out of the 8 based on my personal experience, quality of program and quality of the past admit, i was confident of securing 2-3 admits. To my surprise, this did not happen and i got rejected from all the 8 institute. I assume it must be either my SOP or LOR(and if this is the case, i wont get an admit ever!!!). But having talked to fellow applicants from home and foreign land, there seem to be a notion that the number of PhD admits given out this year has reduced substantially. For Instance, Rutgers materials dept had only 8 open slot compared to 14 last year. UWashington-Seattle's at minimum 20 slots(number is from a student over there) has reduced to 11. apart slot reduction, does age factor does come into play?. I am 27 yrs old/young guy. over the last few years, i have seen the pattern of admitting students directly from bachelors there by reducing the average age of the class to around 22-23. I do not know if the age can be a big impact but the pattern of lowering age averages of incoming class suggests so. Well, all in all, this might just be figment of my imagination. As getting 8 reject, i might me looking for answer where it might not exist. Do feel free weigh in on above notion. It might help others, well at-least me when i start making 2nd round of application. Just hoping my LOR were sting and my SOP was crap Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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