Sure shot at Top-10 (assuming good GRE scores)..No worries..won't be surprised if you get multiple offers
Type of Undergrad: top 10 econ
Undergrad GPA: 3.9
Type of Grad: N/A
Grad GPA: N/A
GRE: not yet taken, anticipating no problem
Math Courses: calc 3-4 (A, A), honors linear algebra (A-), real analysis 1-2 (A, A-), probability (A-), statistics (A)
Econ Courses: intermediate micro (A), intermediate macro (A-), econometrics (A), advanced econometrics (A), PhD micro 1-2 (A-, A), PhD metrics (will take in fall), PhD information economics (A) PhD industrial organization (A), PhD mechanism design (A), PhD experimental economics (A), thesis (will do in fall)
Other Courses: intermediate programming (A), stochastic systems (A), algorithmic economics (A)
Letters of Recommendation:
- very strong letter from tenured prof - coauthoring a paper
- very strong letter from well known, tenured prof - RA'd for two years and took multiple classes with him
- (3) decently strong letter from tenured prof, took PhD class with him
- (4) decently strong letter from AP, will RA* this summer
See the questions for more info
Research Experience: see LORs
Teaching Experience: TAd random courses
1. What range of schools should I apply to?
2. I'm not sure who should be my third recommender. I was supposed to RA for (4) this summer but that's been largely cancelled for obvious reasons and he's offering me a virtual RAship which would be substantially less involved. (3) seems like a good option except I haven't done any research with him, only taken one class where I did pretty well. What are the relevant considerations when deciding whose letter to take? Also, what are the circumstances in which a 4th recommendation is a good idea?
With those grades and two very strong letters from faculty at a top 10, you are a plausible candidate at all programs. But the only way to know for sure is to ask your letter writers. How to do this depends on your relation with them. Perfectly reasonable to just ask. An alternative is to draw up a list of programs and ask them for advice on adding or deleting schools.
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