Hopephily Posted February 5, 2014 Share Posted February 5, 2014 I know that we are all advised to apply broadly. So there are some applying to upwards of 25 programs (I've even heard of someone applying to 30). But from what I gather most of us are in the 12-20 range. I was one of the many that did not get into UNC. Thinking back, I was hesitant about applying there in the first place, given my interests and the those of the faculty. I'm sure I could have learned a great deal working there and would have found new interests that aligned well with the professors there, but it wouldn't have been one of my top picks at this juncture in my studies. Of course, there are a number of programs that I applied to which have this property. I must say, thinking about this makes me question (at least to some extent) the general advice to "cast a wide net" when applying (that is, of course, unless your interests fit a wide range of programs well). Given my particular interests, I think there are about 5 programs in total, for which I think I would be a good fit. Of course, applying to such a small number of programs sounds crazy to a lot of ears, but I can't shake the feeling that the vast majority of programs that I applied to would likely find me to be a square peg in their round slot. Maybe I'm exaggerating the importance of fit, but I'm inclined to think that when ad comms are combing through hundreds of qualified applicants, that fit would be a very important factor. Any thoughts? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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