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Re: Profiles and Results 2017
I benefited a lot from reading past profiles and results. I second jklimek. We should help future applicants by keeping threads like this going. Here's to Antichron!
Type of Undergrad: US TOP 20
Undergrad GPA: 3.99
Type of Grad: US TOP 20
Grad GPA: 4.0
GRE: Q170 V161 W4.5
Math Courses: Calculus (all A and A+), Linear Algebra (Honors A+), Real Analysis (Honors A-, A), Probability Theory (A, A+), Numerical Methods (A, A+), Differential Equation (A), Discrete Mathematics (A)
Econ Courses: Undergrad:Micro. macro, metrics (all A+). Grad:Phd micro (all A)
Letters of Recommendation: Two from research, and one from a PhD micro course
Research Experience: TA a year and a half for two professors. Honors thesis
Teaching Experience: None
Research Interests: IO and labor
SOP: very standard. Talked about why interested in economics, preparation, research experience, and faculty at each school
Acceptances: Stanford, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Berkeley, and Northwestern
Rejections: Harvard, HBS, MIT, Stanford GSB, Chicago, NYU, and Brown
1. GRE verbal/writing not important as long as it doesn't raise a red flag.
2. The outcome of my admission results coincide almost perfectly with my prior. And my prior is from reading profiles and results of past years. 3. GPA is necessary but not sufficient for top programs.
4. Taking grad classes is a risky strategy. Things could have gone very wrong for me had I messed up in a PhD class that I took.
5. PM me if any specific questions. I'll be more than happy to help.
What would you have done differently?
The only thing I could have done to improve my profile is to work for NBER or Fed for some time before applying.
How accurate were others' predictions of your range of admissions?