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    Re: How competitive has this year been?

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    Much greater competition. Just look at how many economics master programs there are available right now. A great proportion of masters will apply for Econ PhD.
    I don't know how many people in these programs actually want to do a PHD. Just from a few anecdotal examples, a very small percentage of people in my program and some of my friends' programs actually want to apply to a PHD program. And not many of them have a shot at a T20 program.

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    In my opinion: Duke places more than 20 masters into top 50 programs. BU, Duke, Columbia, UCLA, Tufts, and UWN place quite a lot into top 50 programs.
    Quote Originally Posted by kingofloss6 View Post
    I don't know how many people in these programs actually want to do a PHD. Just from a few anecdotal examples, a very small percentage of people in my program and some of my friends' programs actually want to apply to a PHD program. And not many of them have a shot at a T20 program.

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    Re: How competitive has this year been?

    Quote Originally Posted by mathenomics View Post
    Do letter writers actually lie about these things? I thought professors would usually let you know whether they intend to write you a strong letter or not, and my initial understanding was that this was partially communicated in their evaluation of my chances for success in grad school admissions (conditional on other aspects in my application package). This was one of the signals I used to make a guestimate on whether he/she would write me a good letter (ex. If one prof tells me that I have a chance for top 30 and another tells me top 10, then it would make sense to choose the latter).

    What made you think that Rohanps' letter-writer lied to him/her, and could you suggest tips on how future applicants can avoid this situation?
    Admissions is no more competitive today then it was 5 years ago. I would even argue that it less competitive.

    Assuming Rohanps' profile is similar to his colleague's then he should have gotten into a program approximately as competitive as Stanford unless his letter writers were stretching the truth. LORs are intended to signal your caliber. Stanford and OSU seek out students with different levels of caliber, and something signaled to them that Rohanps' was more OSU level caliber than Stanford level caliber. I am guessing that was his LORs.

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    Re: How competitive has this year been?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kaysa View Post
    Admissions is no more competitive today then it was 5 years ago. I would even argue that it less competitive.
    Care to explain why it is less competitive now?

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    Re: How competitive has this year been?

    This kind of speculation is really unproductive. There is no way for anyone to really know how competitive years were relative to others unless you serve on admissions committees at the top. Also, its very hard to imagine that competition would fluctuate that much over a span of only a few years. It would be plausible that you go up/down a couple rankings from year to year but the likelihood that a Stanford admit a few years ago is now an OSU admit is remote.

    Also, many of you are probably disappointed with your outcome but remember you can still place well from lower programs (and vice versa).

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    Re: How competitive has this year been?

    Some top departments took less students this year due to over admitting last year and this generated congestion that rippled down and made waitlists high up not move. This may have been w surprise and generated the observed waitlist frustrations.
    now for tenure... game never ends

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    Re: How competitive has this year been?

    I don't think there's been a discernible increase in competitiveness.

    The jump from 2007 to 2010 or so was probably larger than the years since.

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    Re: How competitive has this year been?

    Quote Originally Posted by chateauheart View Post
    I don't think there's been a discernible increase in competitiveness.

    The jump from 2007 to 2010 or so was probably larger than the years since.
    I've heard there's been some lessening of competitiveness during the past few years. Is this true?

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    Re: How competitive has this year been?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kaysa View Post
    Here is a life tip: people lie.
    Perhaps, but I can only go on what they tell me. (Although I would add that there really isn't any need to be quite so condescending.)

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    Re: How competitive has this year been?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rohanps View Post
    Perhaps, but I can only go on what they tell me. (Although I would add that there really isn't any need to be quite so condescending.)
    You think that is condescending? Just wait until graduate school.

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