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    Re: Profiles and Results 2019

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    PROFILE:
    Type of Undergrad:
    State Flagship University (Top 150 US News)

    Undergrad GPA: 4.0

    Type of Grad: Grad Certificate in Data Mining (1 yr program)


    Grad GPA: 4.0


    GRE: 167Q/167V


    Math Courses: Business / Applied Calculus (A+), Calculus I (A+), Calculus II (A), Calculus III (A), Linear Algebra (A), Prob/Stats (thru business school) (A+)


    Econ Courses: Intro Micro (A+), Intro Macro (A+), Intermediate Micro (A-), Intermediate Macro (A+), Public Finance (A+), Urban Economics (A-), International Trade (A+), IO (A+), Environmental Econ (A+)


    Other Courses: Grad level courses in predictive modelling, data mining/analysis, programming


    Letters of Recommendation: 1 econ professor that I RA'ed for in grad school (excellent), 1 econ professor from undergrad (very good), 1 grad stats professor (sufficient, probably not amazing)


    Research Experience: 1 year of part-time RAing while in grad school


    Teaching Experience: nothing formal


    Work Experience: 1 year for non-profit (unrelated to econ); 1.5 yrs in management consulting (tangentially related to econ)


    Research Interests: Development; Health; Anti-Poverty Programs; Housing Markets

    SOP: Similar template used for all schools. Spent a lot of time on it, so (I hope) it turned out to be reasonably well-written. Structure was: Why Econ PhD => Why This Program => Why I'm Qualified. Interchanged bullet points re: research fit, faculty members, research centers / resources, locational preference, placement, etc. based on program.

    Other: I was late to the Econ PhD party. My most important math courses (Calc II, Calc III, LA) came after I graduated undergrad, while I was working full-time...I attached relevant undergrad research papers for writing samples...I applied fairly early (October), but did not hear any responses until mid-February.

    RESULTS:
    Acceptances: Georgia PhD (declined before funding decisions), Notre Dame PhD (full funding), Colorado-Boulder PhD (full funding), Duke MAE (1/2 tuition remission), Tufts MS (75% tuition remission), Wisconsin MS (no funding), Texas MA (1/2 tuition remission)

    Rejections: Duke PhD, Wisconsin PhD, Brown PhD, Illinois UC PhD, Boston U PhD, Boston College PhD, Texas PhD, Virginia PhD

    Attending: Notre Dame!

    Comments: Very excited to be heading to ND. Of all the schools I applied to, they seem to be my best research fit, in terms of faculty and research centers. On a related note: always go on the visit days, if at all possible...my Visit Day experiences were indispensable when it came time to make a final decision.

    What Would You Have Done Differently? My cycle shook out approximately as expected; there were not any major surprises. I guess that is something of an endorsement of this forum, since I did use data / info from here to help refine my application list (in conjunction with more specific advice from faculty mentors, of course). I had a weird / noisy profile, given my lack of undergrad math and my unconventional work history, so I was glad to get into several Top 60 programs with funding. If I was fresh out of UG, I may have considered Duke's MAE offer more seriously, in the hopes of reapplying to T20 programs down the line. As it was, I probably could have stood to apply to a few more PhD programs in the 25-40 range, and a few less Master's programs. But overall I'm very pleased with my results, and can't wait to get started in the fall.

    In terms of what I would do differently if I could go back in time to improve my actual profile: all the things other posters will say. Take more math in UG, do more RA work, build closer relationships with faculty while in UG, try to take grad level econ courses, etc etc.

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    Re: Profiles and Results 2019

    PROFILE:
    Type of Undergrad:
    BS Economics, BA US history, minor in math from top 50 Econ. University
    Undergrad GPA: 3.65
    Type of Grad: N/A
    Grad GPA: N/A
    GRE: 165/162/5.0 Q/V/AW
    Math Courses: Calc I-III (A), Dif-equations (A), Linear Algebra (A), Intro to proofs (C), Adv. Calc. (B+), intro to stats (B+), probability theory (A), Real Analysis I (B+), Topology (C), Experimental Stats (A), Mathematical stats (A), stochastic processes (pending)
    Econ Courses: 3.9 overall… courses of note: Regression analysis (A), Econometrics(A), Adv. Macro (A)
    Other Courses: Intro to C++, intro to java
    Letters of Recommendation: 2 good (1 math professor, 1 econ professor) both heavily cited/known in field, 1 glowing but non-academic
    Research Experience: none
    Teaching Experience: 1 year teaching middle/high school (student teacher). Helped write an online course.
    Research Interests: public policy / general macro
    SOP: a little vague, on half tried to explain bad math grades both (all the B’s and 1 C occurred during the same semester); on the other half I omitted my explanation for the bad semester. Also, I tried to emphasize the unique parts (the history and teaching background).
    Other: an almost complete teaching license/certificate (3 credits short)

    RESULTS:
    Acceptances:
    none
    Waitlists: none
    Rejections: Cornell, Minnesota, Boston College, Carneige-Mellon, Penn State, Michigan state, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, USC
    Pending: none
    Attending: none
    Comments: Ouch!
    What would you have done differently? Take math earlier and spread it out. Most importantly, I would have pursued undergraduate research experience as that seemed to be the number one limiting factor.


    How accurate were others' predictions of your range of admissions?
    Obviously my professors had some higher predictions than were warranted, so not very accurate at all.

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    PROFILE:
    Type of Undergrad:
    B.A. in Economics with honors and minor in Math (top 15 Liberal Arts School [LAS]) (Also, spent a year abroad in the UK to study Economics and Maths, in the old school not in London)
    Undergrad GPA: 3.8
    GRE: 170 V, 167Q, 5.5 W
    Math Courses:
    Multivariable Calculus (A), Linear Algebra (B+), Intro to Number Theory (A), Modern Algebra (B+), Analysis I (A, study abroad), Analysis II (A-, study abroad), Probability (A, study abroad)
    Econ Courses: Intro Micro (A), Intro Macro (A), Prob and Stats (A), Micro theory (A), Macro theory (A), Econometrics (A), Advanced Microtheory (A), Behavioral Econ (A), Economics of Industry (A-. study abroad), Money & Banking (A-, study abroad), Econ of Developing Countries (A, study abroad)
    Other Courses:
    Letters of Recommendation:
    Combined letter from two behavioral economists that I RA’ed for a year; both well-known within the field and working at top 3 B-School. Another combined letter from another two behavioral economists that I RA’ed for a year and a half; both fairly known within the field and working at top 3 B-School. A letter from my mentor in college who is a behavioral economist, but not particularly well-known (but has written me an incredible letter). (See a pattern??)
    Research Experience: 3-years of RAing as an undergraduate, and 3-years RAing at a top 3 B-School. All my research has had a behavioral tilt, which helped me with thinking through my research agenda.
    Teaching Experience: I tutored a child once.
    Research Interests: Behavioral public econ
    SOP: I went a more unconventional route and eschewed the standard narrative form and wrote a persuasive essay on how I have a lot of research experience and defined research goals. Immediately said these are the skills that I have, this is how I got them, and this is how I want to implement them. Nothing about why I care about economics. I modeled it after grant proposals that I had helped write.
    My letter writers suggested that the only interesting SOPs that they ever read were ones that immediately talked about interesting research experience and ideas. They said, “The goal is to be at worst forgettable with an outside shot at being memorably interesting.”
    Also, I did not include any school specific information, which is unorthodox, but multiple letter-writers told me that it is an unnecessary charade. Everyone reading these letters knows you just Googled this person before writing this paragraph. Save yourself the time and stress—no one is fooled. I did mention some people at my schools but that was because I cited their research as seminal works in my field of interest. Better to be authentic when citing imo: it’s hard to mess-up the SOP and you do it by being memorably foolish.

    Other:

    RESULTS:

    Acceptances: U Penn (off waitlist), U Michigan, UCSD, Wisc-Madison, Cornell
    Waitlists: U Chicago
    Rejections: Harvard, Princeton, MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, Yale, Northwestern, NYU, Columbia, UCLA, Duke
    Pending:
    Attending:
    U Michigan
    Comments: Not too many comments. I am pretty happy with my results and that I had a decent array of options.

    What would you have done differently? Not get a B+ in the easiest math class of my life (Linear Algebra) would be a start!! There really isn’t much. I could’ve tried to squeeze in one more RA position in undergrad to get better RA positions after graduation, but that was beyond my financial means and I ended up getting a really great position. I also could’ve focused my entire life on my first year of being a full-time RA so that my letter was a bit better, but I had other priorities that I couldn’t trade on.

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    PROFILE:
    Type of Undergrad:
    Top 70 U.S. state school
    Graduated in 3 years with stats and econ with a minor in math

    Undergrad GPA:
    3.94

    Type of Grad:NA
    Grad GPA:NA

    GRE:
    Q: 166, V: 152, W: 4.0

    Math Courses:
    All A's: up through linear algebra and real analysis (taking this fall, no grade yet)

    Econ Courses:
    All A's: math econ, intermediates, econometrics, history of econ thought

    Other Courses:
    A lot of stats (with 1 b and 1 b+). Such as time series, theory courses, regression stuff, etc...

    Letters of Recommendation:
    2 econ profs, 1 stats prof. Nobody recognizable.

    Research Experience:
    McNair Scholar for a summer

    Teaching Experience:
    TA for College Algebra

    Research Interests:
    Applied Micro, Labor, Metrics, IO

    SOP:
    Nothing special

    Other:
    1st gen, low income


    RESULTS:
    Acceptances:
    Cornell AEM ($$$.5), Rochester ($$), UNC ($$), UC Irvine ($$$), Oregon($$)

    Waitlists:
    N/A

    Rejections:
    All of the top 20, plus JHU

    Pending:
    N/A

    Attending:
    Cornell AEM

    Comments:
    I shot too high with most of the schools, but was smart enough to have good backups. Got lucky getting into Rochester and Cornell. Very happy with Cornell, would have still been happy with with Irvine or UNC. All in all, I'm extremely happy with where I'm at. Only 20 years old making over 35k going to school at Cornell.

    What would you have done differently?
    Would have taken Analysis before applying so I could have a grade next to it. Also would have tried to do more research in undergrad. Maybe would have applies to more top 30 schools instead of all the top 20, but I chose good ones to apply to so I got a little lucky If you're US, don't do a masters first, it's useless.

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    Re: Profiles and Results 2019

    PROFILE:
    Type of Undergrad:
    BS Economics, BA US history, minor in math from top 50 Econ. University
    Undergrad GPA: 3.65
    Type of Grad: N/A
    Grad GPA: N/A
    GRE: 165/162/5.0 Q/V/AW
    Math Courses: Calc I-III (A), Dif-equations (A), Linear Algebra (A), Intro to proofs (C), Adv. Calc. (B+), intro to stats (B+), probability theory (A), Real Analysis I (B+), Topology (C), Experimental Stats (A), Mathematical stats (A), Stochastic processes (pending)
    Econ Courses: 3.9 overall for 30 credits. Courses of note: Regression analysis (A), Econometrics(A), Adv. Macro (A)
    Other Courses: Intro to C++, intro to java
    Letters of Recommendation: 2 good (1 math professor, 1 econ professor) both fairly well known in field/cited, 1 glowing but non-academic
    Research Experience: none beyond my coursework.
    Teaching Experience: 1 year teaching middle/high school (student teacher). Helped write an online course.
    Research Interests: public policy / general macro
    SOP: Pretty standard, maybe a little vague. On half tried to explain bad math grades both (all the B’s and 1 C occurred during the same semester); on the other half I omitted my explanation for the bad semester. Also, I tried to emphasize the unique parts (the history and teaching background).
    Other: an almost complete teaching license/certificate (3 credits short)

    RESULTS:
    Acceptances:
    none
    Waitlists: none
    Rejections: Cornell, Minnesota, Boston College, Carnegie-Mellon, Penn State, Michigan state, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, USC, UNC
    Pending: none
    Attending: none
    Comments: Ouch!
    What would you have done differently? Take math earlier and spread it out. Most importantly, I would have pursued undergraduate research experience as that seemed to be the number 1 limiting factor. Perhaps a more definitive research area in my SOP.


    How accurate were others' predictions of your range of admissions?
    Obviously my professors/advisors had some higher predictions than were warranted, so not very accurate at all.

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    PROFILE:
    Type of Undergrad:
    Unknown school in the US. Best in my country and well known in the region.

    Undergrad GPA: 10/10

    Type of Grad:
    1st master: Econometrics - GPA: 10/10
    2nd master: Quantitative finance - in progress - GPA: 9.50/10
    Already started the first year of a PhD at my home institution.

    TOEFL: 116
    GRE: 170Q/164V/4.5W

    Math Courses: Real analysis, Calculus, Multivariable calculus, Intro to Statistics, Theoretical Statistics, Econometrics, Time series analysis, Multivariate analysis, Operations research. A lot of them proof based.

    Econ Courses: Standard intermediate Micro and undergrad Macro courses, Financial economics.

    Graduate courses: Panel data analysis, Cross section Econometrics, Applied Time series analysis, Time series analysis, Statistics, Mathematics, Stochastic calculus, Research methods in Economics.

    Others courses: One summer school in econometrics and time series analysis, one in machine learning.

    Letters of Recommendation: Two from the best professors at my faculty (not that known outside of my country) and one from a famous professor. The first two should be really strong, and one of them is from my current PhD advisor.

    Research Experience: One year RA on two research projects in applied micro. Two papers on conferences, two awards for the best paper done by students (coauthor). Doing the second thesis at the moment.

    Teaching experience: 3.5 years as TA (Introduction to Econometrics, Econometrics, Time series analysis and Elements of Econometrics)

    Research Interests: Econometrics, potentially Macro

    SOP: Detailed and focused on my research in my first master thesis. Explaining the delay in finishing the second masters, since it was done in parallel and I had a huge teaching load

    Other: A lot of programing practice on my finance courses in undergrad and masters in Wolfram Mathematica. Awards on the national level for talented students on several occasions. Chosen for the best economics student by the University. Won an external stipend ($$) for the first two years.

    RESULTS:

    Acceptances:
    Northwestern ($$$), Wisconsin Madison ($$$), UCSD ($$), Brown (off the waitlist) ($$$), Oxford (MPhil)

    Waitlists: Brown

    Rejections: MIT, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Chicago, Berkeley, Columbia, NYU, Duke, UPenn, WUSTL, LSE

    Attending: Northwestern

    Comments: Came into the game knowing nothing about what it takes to get a PhD admission in the US. Now I am very pleased with my outcomes, as I was suspicious whether I would get into even one school, let alone five.

    What would you have done differently?
    Started the preparation earlier. I began preparing everything in the beginning of October, so it was a huge rush to acquaint myself with the standardized tests, acquire the letters, read about the schools and get all of the necessary stuff for applications. I knew I would like to shoot at Top 20, but I had no idea which schools even are on the list. I don’t think earlier preparation would have changed much, but it sure would have relieved a great deal of stress!
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    Re: Profiles and Results 2019

    Past threads like this have been very helpful for applicants like myself, so let's keep the tradition alive!

    PROFILE:
    Type of Undergrad: ​
    Small liberal arts school, very low ranked
    Undergrad GPA: 3.95
    GRE: 167 V 169 Q 5.5 Writing
    Math Courses: Calc I - III (A in all), Linear Algebra (A), Intro to Proofs (B+), Mathematical Modeling (A), Differential Equations (A), Probability and Statistics I and II (A), Abstract Algebra (A), Topology (A, this class included some real analysis)
    Econ Courses: Intro to Micro, Intro to Macro, Intermediate Micro, Intermediate Macro, Political Economy of Africa, Game Theory, History of Economic Thought, Econometrics, Environmental Economics, Senior Seminar in Economics (capstone course), -- I got an A in all these courses
    Other Courses: Object oriented programming (java)
    Letters of Recommendation: Two economics professors (one of whom I work for), one math professor. Good letters, I know one professor put me in his top 3 students of all time
    Research Experience: Two independent research projects (seminar, and a current project for course credit), and a long term job as a research assistant for my professor's consulting business. No real academic RA experience, unfortunately, a school like mine doesn't provide much opportunity for that.
    Teaching Experience:Teaching GRE and SAT classes but I don't really think that helps much
    Research Interests: International Macro, monetary economics
    SOP: Good, I guess
    Other: My profile is non traditional. My school is lowly ranked, I'm a bit older because I had to take some time off to work before coming here, and so I have a gap in my education.

    RESULTS:
    Acceptances: Oregon (funding unknown), Notre Dame ($$), Pittsburgh ($$), Tulane ($), University of Illinois Chicago ($), Stony Brook ($)
    Waitlists: UT Austin, Maryland (they asked if I was still interested in an offer and I declined)
    Rejections: USC, University of Washington, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin, Johns Hopkins
    Attending: Deferred 1 year at a school that I will be thrilled to attend
    Comments: I deferred for purely personal reasons -- I love the program, money is good, but my girlfriend got into an MA program in Boston so I'm going to go with her there for a year and I've had some interviews for research jobs. I'm not planning on leveraging up to a better school or anything.

    What would you have done differently? Not much. Given my non traditional academic background and coming from a low-ranked small LAC, with not much history of sending students to econ PhD programs, I had no idea where I would be competitive. I applied to a wide range of schools, and found out. I was disappointed not to get in to some of the ones I was rejected from (Hopkins in particular), but I now understand what my ceiling was and I can give advice to people coming after me.

    I think I should have considered applying to academic RA jobs from the jump, and doing that for two years, after which I think I'd be competitive for some top 20 programs (maybe). On the whole, though, I'm happy with some of my offers and I gave it my best shot. Urch was a great resource for me and I hope to contribute for other kids coming from small LAC in the future.

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    PROFILE:
    Type of Undergrad:
    Economics major at a top 50 US News national university
    Undergrad GPA:
    3.95/4.0
    GRE: 170Q/167V/4.0W
    Math Courses:
    Calc I-III, Discrete Math, Intro to Higher Math, Linear Algebra, Probabilty, Real Analysis (all A's save one A-)
    Econ Courses:
    Introductory and Intermediate Micro and Macro, Public Economics, Development Economics, International Economics, Econometrics (all A's)
    Other Courses:
    Intro to Statistics, Computer Science I and II, Finance (all A's)
    Letters of Recommendation:
    Two from college professors (neither very well-known; one not an economist) and one from work (pretty well-known economist)
    Research Experience:
    Senior thesis and 3 years as an RA at a government agency
    Teaching Experience:
    None
    SOP:
    I had a standard SOP that I customized for each school by naming a couple professors whose research interests me
    Other:
    I presented some economics-related work at a non-economics academic conference and at an undergraduate conference at my school

    RESULTS:
    PhD Acceptances:
    Michigan, Wisconsin-Madison, Maryland, UVA, UNC-Chapel Hill, Vanderbilt (all with $)
    Master's Acceptances:
    BGSE, CEMFI (neither with $)
    PhD Waitlists:
    Boston University
    PhD Rejections:
    Stanford, UC Berkeley, Princeton, Yale, U Chicago, Columbia, Duke, Cornell, Brown

    ADVICE:
    -My best advice is to be proactive and do things early. Take the GRE early in case you decide to take it again; ask for letters of recommendation early so that your writers have time; and begin working on an NSF application early so that you don't run up against the deadline.
    -Get feedback on your application materials. Ask friends and letter writers to edit your writing.
    -Admissions are very idiosyncratic, so apply to a wide range of schools. In addition to your target schools make sure to have some "safety" and "reach" schools. Talk to your letter writers to get an idea of what your target schools should be, but don't be afraid to aim higher than they suggest.

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    Re: Profiles and Results 2019

    Urch has been a great resource for me, so I finally decided to post my profile and results to help future applicants. Let's pay it forward!

    PROFILE:
    1) Type of Undergrad: T50 LAC
    2) Undergrad GPA: 4.0/4.0
    3) Type of Grad: N/A
    4) Grad GPA: N/A
    5) GRE: 167 Q/162 V/5.0 AWA (took once)
    6) Math Courses: Calc I-II-III, Discrete, Linear Algebra, Probability and Statistics, Integration and Infinite Series, Abstract Algebra (lol no Real Analysis, yet).
    7) Econ Courses: Intermediate Micro Theory, Inter Macro Theory, Econometrics, a bunch of other electives and data analysis classes.
    8) Other Courses: N/A but I couldn't take as many math and econ classes as I'd like to because I spent one semester abroad.
    9) Letters of Recommendation: 2 from economics professors (very close, should be very good), 1 from a math professor with whom I took several classes (good), and 1 from my boss (I work in the writing center).
    10) Research Experience: very limited, only 1 independent research paper for Metrics, but had 3 other research projects going on during the application process. Sufficient in Latex, Stata, and R.
    11) Teaching Experience: Econ TA, math tutor, and writing tutor.
    12) Research Interests: Applied Micro
    13) SOP: Overall, I think it's decent but not extraordinary. I had the same backbone structure for all schools but tailored one paragraph to each school. The structure is as follows: talk very briefly about my background and why I want to pursue a PhD in Economics -> talk about what I learned through my limited research experience -> talk about what I want to improve/learn more during grad school and my research interests (very specific) -> why I choose the program: facilities, program structure, professors' works (I read multiple papers from professors I'd like to work with and did extensive research on the programs that I like. For the rest, I just skimmed their websites) -> conclusion about my career goals.
    14) Other: I'm pretty active on campus and involved in a lot of academic activities. Had multiple awards and scholarships from the college. For the programs that required a personal statement/background history statement, I wrote about my work experience on campus and how it inspired my study of economics. Not sure if it means anything but I'm fluent in 3 languages and put it in my resume.

    RESULTS:
    1) Acceptances: Michigan State University (off waitlist), UC Santa Cruz, UC Riverside (all with full funding)
    2) Waitlists: MSU (got off later on), UNC - Chapel Hill (pending, but obviously rejected at this point lol)
    3) Rejections:
    Northwestern, UCSD, University of Southern California (offered MA), TAMU (offered MS with scholarship)
    4) Pending:
    UNC (implicit rejection by now)
    5) Attending:
    MSU

    Comments:
    Very surprised and pleased with my results! I was worried that I wouldn't be accepted anywhere due to my limited research experience and the lack of real analysis (as well as other math classes). But thankfully things worked out for me. I was not surprised by my rejections. Also, I couldn't apply to more schools because of my financial situation. MSU fits my research interests nicely so I'm very happy.

    What would you have done differently?
    OH -- where do I even start?

    1) I should've started preparing sooner. I have always loved doing research and teaching but didn't decide to apply to grad school until October of my senior year. I only had 2 months to complete everything so the process was unnecessarily stressful. If I had decided that I wanted to do a PhD earlier on, I would've sought out some research assistantships and spent more time preparing for the GRE. Preparing sooner would also give me the chance to take the GRE a second time -- I panicked and almost gave up the first time.

    2) Take more math courses, including Real Analysis (this point I'm ambivalent): strong math background has become a staple of economics PhD and everywhere I go people tell me that I should have taken real analysis (some of them make it sound like I'm doomed without an A in RA in my transcript). Even though I'd love to take more math classes, I couldn't because of a semester abroad, which I don't regret either because it gave me so much valuable experience.

    3) Apply to more schools in the T25-35 range. But then again, I was bounded by my financial situation so it was not really possible for me.

    In short, even though it's fun to think of counterfactuals and what I could have done differently, I was in reality bounded by many constraints. The only thing I regret is that I did not make up my mind sooner. But I simply didn't know at the time.

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    PROFILE:
    Type of Undergrad: T15 Math and Econ
    Undergrad GPA: 3.98
    Type of Grad: Empty set
    Grad GPA: Empty Set
    GRE: 170Q 161V
    Math Courses: Honors Analysis 1 and 2, Dif EQ, all following are graduate level: Complex Analysis, Probability, Stochastics, Coding Theory, Dynamical Systems, Real Analysis(All A's or A+'s with an A- in Complex Analysis)
    Econ Courses: Intermediate Micro, Intermediate Metrics, Game Theory, Intermediate Macro, Topics Course, Independent Study(Half A's Half A+'s) all following are graduate level: Micro Sequence, Metrics Sequence, I/O field, Metrics field, Theory field(All A's or A+'s with 1 A-)
    Other Courses:Networks Course
    Letters of Recommendation: 3 Theory Faculty who all really liked me and I really connected with. I think a lot of people get mixed advice about this, and I think the main thing is to find faculty members who like you and think you are good rather than just choosing the ones with the most citations.
    Research Experience: Math REU, Independent research. No papers for either.
    Teaching Experience: 3 semesters as a course assistant for an undergraduate analysis course.
    Research Interests: Some convex combination of Theory, Mechanism Design, and IO
    SOPescribed how I really liked how economics blends great math and the ability to make a difference in the world.
    Other:

    RESULTS:
    Acceptances:MIT, Harvard, Stanford, etc
    Waitlists: none
    Rejections: Harvard Business School
    Pending:
    Attending: MIT
    Comments: I graduated undergrad in 3 years, very different opinions on that from professors I talked to. I think it was really a good decision for me, and I don't feel like I missed out on much, but your mileage may vary. I decided to take an industry internship one summer rather than doing research, which was good for me in seeing what the "real world" is like, but doing research definitely would have been more helpful from a learning economics perspective.

    What would you have done differently? No ex-post regret about my application. However, I think I should have listened to my professors more and relaxed while waiting for results instead of checking gradcafe like 10 times a day for a month.

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