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    How competitive has this year been?

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    How competitive has this year been relative to the past? Some applicants including myself seem to think this year has been extremely competitive, but most of us haven't applied before so our conclusions may be biased. May I ask senior memebers make some cross-year comparison?
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    Re: How competitive has this year been?

    Only those on the adcom side know this. The forum is about as busy as it has been for the past two cycles - that is, not very!

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    Re: How competitive has this year been?

    This year seems to be quite competitive, especially for certain demographic groups.

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    Re: How competitive has this year been?

    What should we make out of this year's surprisingly low rate of admission from waitlists?
    Or maybe it's always been this low?

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    Re: How competitive has this year been?

    I seems international students were having hard time this year, judge from GC. Most acceptance are A and U with few I.

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    Re: How competitive has this year been?

    How can you make statements like "surprisingly low rate of admissions from waitlists"? You don't have any meaningful data.

    Don't try to infer these things. Its not productive.

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    Re: How competitive has this year been?

    I would say it has been very competitive this year since I am having a hard time getting off the wait list. Usually top programs should at least admit a few from the wait list.

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    Re: How competitive has this year been?

    The anecdotal evidence I have suggests it has got much harder over the past five or so years - a former colleague with a similar profile to mine got into Stanford five years ago, whereas I received just the one offer from OSU.

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    Re: How competitive has this year been?

    ^ There is no way that you can make that assessment. There are unobservables e.g. strength of letters.

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    Re: How competitive has this year been?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zubrus View Post
    ^ There is no way that you can make that assessment. There are unobservables e.g. strength of letters.
    Seeing as we overlapped in terms of letter writers, and they informed me that my chances were at least as strong, I think I can make that assessment actually

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