Type of Undergrad: UC Santa Cruz - Econ major, Earth Science minor
Undergrad GPA: 3.90
Type of Grad:
GRE: 800Q 610V 4.0A
Math Courses: At time of app, just the full vector calc sequence, plus two math for econ courses (not even LA!)
Econ Courses: standard core courses in intermediate theory
Letters of Recommendation: Must have said great things to get me into UCSB with my profile (1 TA + class + advisor (Stanford), 1 research (Berkeley), 1 class + advisor (UW-Madison)
Research Experience: Just earth science and ecology research experience
Teaching Experience: One quarter TA for Intro Micro
Research Interests: Environmental Econ
SOP: Indicated VERY strong preference to attend UCSB, the others just described how I liked some of their profs, etc.
Rejections: Cal-ARE, UCSD
What would you have done differently? Nothing, I was appropriately placed. I doubt that research experience would have gotten me into Cal or UCSD, and I didnt' want to leave the west coast. More math at time of app probably would have been helpful, but look at where that got Jeeves0923. I would have probably chosen UCSB over UCSD anyway (if I had gotten in).
I am quite satisfied with this cycle. Good luck everybody.