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Since I know many of you are in the midst of the application process I wanted to give an update on my application. I remember this was a very difficult/anxious time for me and its very easy to get discouraged, especially by reading this message board. From some of the threads/posts (see above) its easy to get the impression you need a nearly perfect application to have a realistic chance at any top program. This isn't true. Clearly my application was flawed (low GPA, mediocre quant score, very light on math/econ courses) and several programs were able to see through this.
I applied to about 2/3 of the schools on the list above as well as 3-4 others in the same range. I ended up getting into 4 programs, including one of the "best" programs on the list but I was also rejected from several of the least selective programs. I'm not posting to give myself a pat on the back or to disparage any members. I realize that its difficult to evaluate someone's application from just a few paragraphs and I certainly appreciated the advice. But you should take anything on this forum for what it is- one person's opinion, and nothing more. Get advice from as many students, professors, and program directors as possible and weigh all advice accordingly.