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That's a good question. I think I would enroll in Duke Econ or Berkeley ARE immediately, if I was offered admission at either of them. The chance of that happening? Small. I'm not too optimistic after this whole interview ordeal at Duke, but my LOR writers have very good connections there (which keeps the flame of hope alive). Berkeley is far and away the best fit for my interests, but they are *really* competitive, and I am hopeful but not expecting an admit. Davis and Maryland are likely next -- Maryland's a better fit for my interests, though I'd rather live in CA. Davis has fewer people doing research up my alley, but Maryland has better connections with the policy world in DC. Those two are a toss up, but I get less optimistic about Davis with each day. I don't think they have offered that many admits this late in Feb. I am actually expecting them to admit me to their MS program (which is what I received in 2009 when I first applied), which would mean that they value my MS at exactly nothing. Which brings me to Wisconsin and Cornell -- these two I think I am most excited about because I think I have the best shot at getting in and I am very excited about the research they are doing. Both seem to be investing into their environmental faculty and students, which makes them exciting places to be. I am optimistic because my LOR writers have coauthored papers with faculty at both places, and I think they are programs on the rise. Oregon and Georgia State were last minute safety applications, I think I have a decent shot at getting in, and they have 1-2 great faculty in environmental econ each. Oh, and Duke's Environmental Policy program is tough -- they haven't graduated their first class yet, so job market prospects are uncertain. They have very, very good faculty feeding into that program, as well as access to the Duke Econ faculty. It's an attractive niche-program, but tough to compare directly to ARE or Econ programs. I'm also feeling less optimistic there, as I haven't heard anything and there have been a couple admits on GC for a very small entering class (~5 students).
Originally Posted by coughka
What about y'all? What are your dream programs? (It is quite therapeutic to get it all out there in words, I have to say...)