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    Grad Schoo Admissions at Undergrad Institution

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    Re: Grad Schoo Admissions at Undergrad Institution

    I think it varies, depending on the person/field/program, but my impression from years of talking to & evaluating applicants is that the chances of getting admitted to your alma mater's PhD program is notably higher than the rate of getting admitted to comparably ranked programs. I suspect there's a significant interaction effect with having prior RA experience in the university as an undergraduate; if you control for that, the bias may very well be zero or negative.

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