Seems like UCLA is a saftey for you...
finally decided the schools i am going to apply.
GPA: 4.0 in a top 15 econ school (BA and MA simultaneously)
transferred from community college: GPA 3.85
GRE: Q 800/ 620 V
Intro. Econ A; Intermediate Micro (A+), Macro (A+); History of Econ (A+),
Legal issues in Econ (A+); Public Finance (A+); Intl Econ Theory (A+); Investment (A+); Development in Econ (A+); Econometrics (A+)
Grad Econ Classes: Micro, Macro ( do not have grades yet, but probably A); Math for Econ (Pass); and 5 more Grad. Econ classes by the end of this academic year
Multicalculus (1,2) (B); Elementary Linear Algebra (B); Advanced Linear Algebra (A+); Real Analysis (A+); Topology (A+); Probability theory (A+); Econ. Stat (A+); Math. Game Theory (A+); Diff. Equation (A+)
Two pretty good Recommendations from well known professor; and the other one do not know yet
Working on a honor thesis.
School I plan to apply:
Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Princeton, UCLA, Cornell, Columbia, Oxford , Cambridge, LSE, Cal tech
do i need some safty schools? how about the UK schools i hv applied? safe enough?
Looking at the econ classes you've taken, it seems to me you're interested in macro-related stuff. If that's true, why are you applying to Caltech then? That's the last place you'd wanna be given your interest.
I think other people are a little too optimistic. Maybe I'm a little pessimistic, but I don't think any of those schools can be considered a safety for anybody (unless you graduated from HYP with the same profile).
Apply for the NSF if you haven't already. If you're interested in going to MIT, I'm under the impression that it is very important that you apply for it. (But not so necessary that you win it, unless you want to be stress free during the visiting week.)
Good luck! I hope to see another departmental scholar out here in Cambridge next year.
MIT Economics, class of 2011
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