PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Rank 3 University in China (Fudan), B.A. of econonmics, with one semester exchange experience in UC Davis. Undergrad GPA: 3.57 in Fudan, top 10%; 4.0 in UC Davis (courses with * below). Type of Grad: N/A. Grad GPA: N/A. GRE: 800Q 540V 3.0 AWA, TOEFL 105. Math Courses: Advanced Math (differential calculus, integrals, a little differential equations)(B&A-), Linear Algebra(B+), Probability Theory(A), Statistics(A-). Econ Courses (grad-level): N/A. Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Political Economics(A), Micro(A), Macro(B+), International Trade(B+), History of Economic Thoughts(A), Econometrics(A+*), Macro Development(A*), Money and Banking(A+*), Financial Management(A-), Industrial Economics(A), Investment(B), Economic History of China(A), Accounting(B), Contemporary Chinese Economy(B+), Theory on Capital(C+). Other Courses: C programming(A). Letters of Recommendation: 2 from UC Davis, 1 from Fudan. Research Experience: RA for a term, one independent project and one team project in progress. Teaching Experience: Representative for a course. Research Interests: Labor, Development, IO. SOP: So so. Other: Awarded the National Scholarship in China (for top 1% students).
RESULTS: Acceptances: BU MA, UC Davis ARE MS. Waitlists: Rejections: Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Northwestern, UPenn, Columbia, NYU, Cornell, Duke, CMU, Rochester, Maryland, Berkeley AREC, BU, JHU, UC Davis, Georgetown, U Colorado - Boulder, UC Davis ARE PhD. Pending: Syracuse, Columbia QMSS.
What would you have done differently?
I would apply to Canadian master programs, Duke master and Tufts master.