econphilomath

01-31-2008, 03:39 PM

Sure we all know its pretty hard to get in right. More than one of us applicants sent that application knowing the probability -> 0.

Looking at last years profiles, heres one that might give a sense of what we're up against:

macrodude84 (http://www.urch.com/forums/members/macrodude84.html)

Type of Undergrad: Graduated top 5% of top 10 university

Undergrad GPA: 3.90 overall and major (double major math and economics)

GRE: 800Q, 800V, 6.0 W

Math Courses:

Undergrad Math: Linear Algebra (A+), Differential Equations (A), Differential Geometry (A), Grad level Abstract Algebra (A-), Topology (A-), Grad level Real Analysis I/II (A-/A-), Statistics (A), Partial Differential Equations (A-)

Econ Courses:

Undergrad Econ: Intro Econ (A+), Intro Micro (A), Intermediate Macro (A), Intermediate Micro (A+), Intro Econometrics (A+), International Trade (A), Monetary Economics (A+), Health Economics (A-), Financial Economics (A), Industrial Organization (A), Game Theory (A+), International Macro (A)

Grad Econ: PhD-level micro (A), PhD-level macro (A-), PhD-level econometrics (B+), Mathematical Economics (A+)

Letters of Recommendation: All economics professors, including the chair of the department.

Research Experience: Two years research with public policy professor, plus summer internship with think tank in DC.

Teaching Experience: TA master's-level micro and macro

Research Interests: Macroeconomic theory, search theory, labor economics (theory), some interest in behavioral econ

RESULTS:

Acceptances:

UPenn (funding)

Rejections:

Princeton

Harvard

MIT

Not that UPenn is all bad at all. But this guy had all As, graduate level courses, research experience, from a top research university, TA experience at grad level... and check out the GRE on this guy! Makes you wonder...

Looking at last years profiles, heres one that might give a sense of what we're up against:

macrodude84 (http://www.urch.com/forums/members/macrodude84.html)

Type of Undergrad: Graduated top 5% of top 10 university

Undergrad GPA: 3.90 overall and major (double major math and economics)

GRE: 800Q, 800V, 6.0 W

Math Courses:

Undergrad Math: Linear Algebra (A+), Differential Equations (A), Differential Geometry (A), Grad level Abstract Algebra (A-), Topology (A-), Grad level Real Analysis I/II (A-/A-), Statistics (A), Partial Differential Equations (A-)

Econ Courses:

Undergrad Econ: Intro Econ (A+), Intro Micro (A), Intermediate Macro (A), Intermediate Micro (A+), Intro Econometrics (A+), International Trade (A), Monetary Economics (A+), Health Economics (A-), Financial Economics (A), Industrial Organization (A), Game Theory (A+), International Macro (A)

Grad Econ: PhD-level micro (A), PhD-level macro (A-), PhD-level econometrics (B+), Mathematical Economics (A+)

Letters of Recommendation: All economics professors, including the chair of the department.

Research Experience: Two years research with public policy professor, plus summer internship with think tank in DC.

Teaching Experience: TA master's-level micro and macro

Research Interests: Macroeconomic theory, search theory, labor economics (theory), some interest in behavioral econ

RESULTS:

Acceptances:

UPenn (funding)

Rejections:

Princeton

Harvard

MIT

Not that UPenn is all bad at all. But this guy had all As, graduate level courses, research experience, from a top research university, TA experience at grad level... and check out the GRE on this guy! Makes you wonder...