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    Profile Results 2021

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    PROFILE:
    Type of Undergrad:
    Undergrad GPA:
    Type of Grad:
    Grad GPA:
    GRE:
    Math Courses:
    Econ Courses:
    Other Courses:
    Letters of Recommendation:
    Research Experience:
    Teaching Experience:
    Research Interests:
    SOP:
    Other:

    RESULTS:
    Acceptances:
    Waitlists:
    Rejections:
    Pending:
    Attending:
    Comments:

    What would you have done differently?
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    PROFILE:
    Type of Undergrad: No name school from third world country
    Undergrad GPA: Low but high wrt to class
    Type of Grad: Top Msc worldwide
    Grad GPA: Above average but nothing special
    GRE: 168 Q
    Math Courses: Maths during Msc only
    Econ Courses: PhD level Macro, Micro, Metrics, Game theory, Trade, Development. IO at Msc level
    Other Courses:
    Letters of Recommendation: 2 top 5% Repec, 1 top 10% Repec
    Research Experience: RA during the summer
    Teaching Experience: Nothing
    Research Interests: Micro
    SOP:
    Other:

    RESULTS:
    Acceptances: UMN, Caltech, Rochester, Queen's University, OSU, GWU
    Waitlists: Nothing
    Rejections: Bonn, JHU, Cornell, Duke, Brown, UMich, PSU, UWO, Zurich, LBS, Mcgill, Georgetown, Vanderbilt, WUSTL
    Pending: Manheim
    Comments:

    What would you have done differently?
    Maybe I could have got in lower top 10 like Columbia or Upenn or even NYU. Was too scared to apply

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    Re: Profile Results 2021

    Happy April 15 folks, let's get started!

    Profile:
    Type of Undergrad: Top 50 Public (Math Honors, Econ Honors, & Engineering)
    Undergrad GPA: 3.56
    Type of Grad: Top 20 Private (Applied Mathematics & Statistics)
    Grad GPA: 3.91
    GRE: 153 V, 170 Q, 3.5 W

    Math Courses: Calculus I/II/III (A,B+,A), Real Analysis I/II (B+,A-), Linear Algebra I/II (B+,A), Differential Equation (A-), Group Theory (B), Stochastic Analysis (A-,A), Bayesian Statistics (A-), Mathematical Finance (A), Stochastic Methods in Finance (A-), Analysis of Algorithm (A+), Probability & Statistics I/II (A,A), Statistical Methods in Data Analysis I/II (A,A), Graduate Level Statistical Modeling (A-), Graduate Level Probability (A), Graduate Level Linear Algebra (A), Graduate Level Statistical Inference (A), Graduate Level Data Mining (A), Graduate Level Machine Learning (A), Graduate Level Deep Learning (A)

    Econ Courses: Basic/Intermediate Micro (A+,A), Basic/Intermediate Macro (A+,A), Econometrics I/II (A+,A+), Corporate Finance (A), Investment (A), Risk & Uncertainty (A+), Statistical Methods in Economics (A+), Managerial Economics (A+), International Trade (A+), Asymmetric Information (A), Honor Thesis in Economics (A)

    Letters of recommendation: Economics Honor Thesis Advisor, Statistics Research Advisor, Finance Professor whom I did projects & TA.

    Research Experience: 2 year of Mathematics & Statistics Research as undergraduate, 1 year of Econometrics Research & Honor Thesis as undergraduate, 1 year of Statistics and Machine Learning Research as graduate student.

    Teaching Experience: 1.5 years of Corporate Finance, 1 year of Probability, 1 semester of Generalized Linear Model, 1 semester of Introductory Statistics.

    Research Interests: Econometrics and Machine Learning

    Results:
    Acceptances: University of Washington, University of British Columbia (MA), Columbia (MA)

    Rejections: Stanford, MIT, Yale, Columbia, Chicago, Virginia, Toronto, University of British Columbia,
    UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, UC Davis, UC Irvine

    Comments: Overall I think it was a tough cycle as everybody knows, was not expecting much after rejected by UC Irvine (since I thought it would be my safety school with great research fit); almost settled with UBC MA and reapply next cycle, but really grateful got an offer from UW with a great fit for my research interest.

    What would you have done differently?

    Well, I found out that the information I found at Urch was very helpful and I only figured out about Urch after I finished submitting my application (where i started to realize I did something wrong with my application). I aimed too high and probably should've spread out more in the 20-50 range instead of top 20. I still feel really happy and grateful to get an offer in this difficult cycle. Good luck everyone!

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    Re: Profile Results 2021

    We made it guys! Congrats to everyone on getting through this hellish admissions season.

    PROFILE:
    Type of Undergrad:
    Low-ranked, small LAC, math and econ double major
    Undergrad GPA: 3.95
    GRE: 167V/169Q/5.5W
    Math Courses: Calc I-III (A, A-, A), Prob and Stat I-II (A,A), Topology (A), Linear Algebra (A), Mathematical Modeling (A), Abstract Algebra (A), Differential Eq (A), Intro to Proofs (B+)
    Econ Courses: Intermediate macro and micro, environmental, econometrics, history of economic thought, game theory, political economy of Africa, senior research seminar, independent research course
    Other Courses: object oriented programming with Java
    Letters of Recommendation: From three econ professors, I think they were exceptionally strong (one of the few advantages of having gone to a small, low ranked school)
    Research Experience: two independent research projects for credit, part time work as undergrad RA to professor’s consulting practice, two years public sector research since undergrad
    Research Interests: labor, macro
    SOP: Normal

    RESULTS:
    Acceptances:
    University of Illinois Chicago, Tulane, Rice, Johns Hopkins (off of waitlist)
    Waitlists: UC Irvine and WUSTL (I removed myself from both of these), Pittsburgh (was rejected off the waitlist; they filled up quick)
    Rejections: Maryland, Minnesota, U Penn, Georgetown, Vanderbilt
    Pending: UNC (I assume a rejection but they're weird lol)
    Attending: Johns Hopkins
    Comments:
    Tough year. I applied two years ago, I got some offers but for personal reasons decided to work for two years before reapplying this cycle. Obviously I had no idea how tough that would be; last time I had an offer from Pittsburgh and a waitlist from Maryland, so not getting either this time around stung a little bit. On the other hand, I was rejected outright by Hopkins last time and got an offer this time. Overall, considering where I went to undergrad and other weaknesses in my background, I am very happy with my outcome and excited to start my program.

    What would you have done differently?
    I realized that I was interested in this path pretty late, and so there are things that I wish I’d done differently when I was younger, but I don’t think there’s anything I could have done differently in my applications.
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    Re: Profile Results 2021

    PROFILE: Chinese national with US undergrad with Math and Econ, Top 5 Econ RA
    Type of Undergrad: top 30-40 US News Private with a relatively weak(ranked below 60/70, relatively weak publication-wise but teaching is very good) Econ Dept
    Undergrad GPA: 3.81, Econ 3.91, Math 3.96
    Type of Grad: None
    Grad GPA: None
    GRE: 158+170+4.5
    Math Courses: linear algebra, calculus I II III, abstract algebra, probability and stats, undergrad real analysis I II, undergrad topology, complex analysis, stochastic processes, PhD real analysis, PhD Topology I, all A/A+ except phd analysis
    Econ Courses: normal stuff, with PhD Micro I at Undergrad, all A/A+ except A- in intro micro(never went to class in freshman year) and Chinese Economy
    Other Courses: python in business analytics
    Letters of Recommendation: 1 joint letter from current PIs(both working on energy IO, 1 is top5% repec), 1 math PI from undergrad, 1 teaching/metrics class reference from undergrad
    Research Experience: 1 year part time RA at undergrad with math PI(game theory), 2 year full time RA at top econ dept(energy IO); 1 senior thesis in game theory
    Teaching Experience: 2 year econ TA(intro micro, undergrad metrics); 3 year math grader/TA/tutor(stats, calculus, linear algebra)
    Research Interests: IO, currently working on Energy IO
    SOP: boring stuff about previous exp, a somewhat doable research proposal, and not exactly tailored to each program(no pointing names in SOP), but has worked on it with my PIs since August
    Other: applied 2 years ago to top 20 as undergrad, got all rejected; was somewhat confident seeing previous placements at my RA job, so had a relatively high expectation on mine as well; submit everything the weekend before thanksgiving


    RESULTS:
    Acceptances: UT Austin, Maryland, BC, UBC
    Waitlists: Northwestern, UCSD, Wisconsin, UC Davis, (BC, UBC)
    Rejections: US News top 20 Dept except for Penn, UMN and Brown, BU, LSE, Toronto
    Pending: None
    Attending: Maryland
    Comments: I was def a bit frustrated that I cannot go to top-ranked programs like my former and current colleagues, but it is what it is and I'm happy for them since they deserve it! And more importantly I'm happy now that I get to a good place with awesome faculty that fits my research focus.
    From what Ive learnt from rejection letter or contact with depts, Wisconsin sent out around 90 offers to get a class size of 25-30; BC is targeting 12; UCSD is aiming for around 20?



    What would you have done differently?
    I wish I had a better GPA, somehow gave programs some more tailored info on SOP, probably not taking a gap year before college so I would be in last year's market lol
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    PROFILE:
    Type of Undergrad: USNEWS ~ Top 75 US University (nontechnical major)
    Undergrad GPA: 3.54
    Type of Grad (1): USNEWS ~ Top 150 US University, Top 5 in my undergrad field (nontechnical major, withdrew early to study economics)
    Grad GPA (1): 3.93
    Type of Grad (2): USNEWS ~ Top 150 US University, ~ Top 100 Econ (Non-degree undergrad courses for 1 year and an MA in Econ)
    Grad GPA (2):
    4.0
    GRE:
    158V, 166Q, 4.5AWA
    Math Courses:
    None in formal undergrad.
    • Undergrad: Calc I-III (A+/A+/A), Probability and Statistics (A), Differential Equations (A), Linear Algebra (A+), Analysis (A)
    • Grad: Math Analysis I/II (A, TBA), Linear Algebra (TBA), Stochastic Processes (A+), Probability Theory (A)

    Econ Courses:
    • Undergrad: Principles of Micro/Macro (A+/A), Intermediate Micro/Macro (A+/A+), Econometrics (A)
    • Grad: Math for Econ (A), Micro I-II (A/A), Macro I-II (A/A), Econometrics I-III (A+/A/TBA)

    Other Courses: A basic CS course (A)
    Letters of Recommendation: I had four letters, all from current professors at my institution. Likely fairly strong, but I am not a mind reader.
    Teaching Experience: Lots of TA experience (mainly in undergrad/grad macro and metrics).
    Research Interests: Macroeconomics and Econometrics, perhaps Empirical IO, all broadly speaking
    SOP: I explained my unorthodox background, why I want to become an economist, my coursework and RA experiences, and what I'm interested in researching. I adjusted it slightly for each school.
    Other: RA for two professors at my MA university, currently coauthoring with them.

    RESULTS:
    Acceptances: Penn State ($), Michigan State ($), my current university ($)
    Waitlists: CMU (probably unofficial, withdrew)
    Rejections: Chicago, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, UCSD, NYU, Columbia, Penn, Brown, Cornell, UT, WUSTL
    Pending: Washington (withdrew), Rochester (withdrew)
    Attending: Penn State
    Comments: My professors told me to target schools between ~8-30 in the rankings. I'm not sure if we overshot a bit, especially given the craziness this year and my weird profile. But all in all, I'm quite satisfied with the outcome - I honestly didn't think I'd get accepted anywhere. I also withheld a bit of information on my previous studies for personal privacy.

    What would you have done differently?
    Nothing.

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    Type of Undergrad: Top 10 LAC, but with little econ research activity.
    Undergrad GPA: 3.63
    Type of Grad: n/a
    Grad GPA:​ n/a
    GRE: 165V / 167Q / 5.5 AW
    Math Courses: Calc III (C), Linear Algebra (A), Real Analysis I (A), Real Analysis II (A), Real Analysis III (A), ODEs (A-), Prob (A), Math Stats (A)
    Econ Courses: Way too many at the undergrad level. All As
    Letters of Recommendation: No one remotely famous, but 2 from highly productive researchers who publish well at my predoc. The other from a LAC professor who knows me very well/went to a prestigious university.
    Research Experience: Two senior theses (one being an applied micro paper for a poverty studies minor, no idea if anyone took this seriously). Two year predoc. One coauthored pub at a niche journal, another coauthored paper currently waiting on someone's desk at AER.
    Teaching Experience: Nada.
    Research Interests: Public, labor, tax-related items, and macro-labor. Will inevitably draw upon some I/O and more structural concepts.
    SOP: Standard stuff. One IP tailored to each school. Feel good about my current research agenda.
    Other: Upward trend in grades. Hoped that schools would ignore my first year grades.

    Results:
    Acceptances: UVA ($$), WUSTL ($$$), UMD
    Waitlists: Northwestern
    Rejections: UC-Berkeley, UCSD, Michigan, Wisconsin, Cornell, Duke, Minnesota, CMU, JHU, BC, UT-Austin, UC-Davis, UW, Vandy, UCSB, Rice, UC-Irvine, Georgetown, Georgia
    Pending: UNC
    Attending: UVA
    Comments: Very difficult choice. Super excited to to continue to be a math nerd. All of my safeties rejecting me relatively early on (admittedly) frightened me, but I feel happy with my outcome.

    What would you have done differently?
    There were pretty reasonable holes in my profile. There's no way to go back and tell my 18 year old self to perform better or to go to a school with an econ PhD program for my undergrad (this can hurt you). For future applicants, I'd strongly recommend starting applications *very* early. Try to have your SOP and letter writers together over the summer. Fill in most/all of the applications for each school in the first weeks that applictions are open, then iteratively edit everything. Doing this forces you to think about and be very aware of what schools are looking for. By the time application deadlines roll around and you have to submit, your applications should be drum tight and your final list of schools should be nailed down. I mostly filled out applications in the 2-3 weeks leading up to deadlines and noticed a significant improvement in my applications and their outcomes for those that I submitted later. I simply got better at writing these things as time went on. You want to put your best foot forward on *all* of your applications.

    Otherwise, I'm happy that I applied to a ton of schools and wish that I stayed off grad cafe a little more.

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    Re: Profile Results 2021

    PROFILE:
    Type of Undergrad: Physics degree from no name school in the UK
    Undergrad GPA: High 2.1
    Type of Grad: One year masters in economics from a decent school in Europe
    Grad GPA: Above average
    GRE: 165Q, 158V, 4.5W (didn't submit to most schools)
    Math Courses: All courses in undergrad were math heavy
    Econ Courses: None in undergrad, grad level micro/macro/econometrics in master's
    Other Courses:
    Letters of Recommendation: 2 from RA stint (well known professor at a top 5 school in the US, an AP at a top 15 school in the US), 1 from master's
    Research Experience: 2 years RA at a research organization in a developing country
    Teaching Experience: Econ dept math/statistics TA during master's
    Research Interests: Development economics
    SOP: Talked about transition to economics, the work I did as an RA
    Other:


    RESULTS:
    Acceptances: UC Davis ARE
    Waitlists: Cornell AEM
    Rejections: Columbia Sustainable Development, Berkeley ARE, UCSD, UCLA, Michigan, Maryland, UT Austin, UW Seattle, Duke, BU, BC, UBC
    Pending:
    Attending:
    Comments:


    What would you have done differently?
    Happy with my one acceptance but should've applied to econ programs outside the top 25, especially in such a competitive year.

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    Congrats everyone, these are great results.

    My case is fairly unusual, so probably doesn't generalize well. (Essentially, I had to suddenly deal with a chronic disease during my undergrad. While I was getting medical care, had a tough time studying. But was fine afterwards.)



    Profile
    Type of Undergrad: Mid-tier American private university
    Undergrad GPA: Less than 3.2
    Type of Grad: N/A
    Grad GPA: Very high (took some grad courses during predoc)
    GRE: 170Q, 167V, 5.0W
    Math Courses: Mix of grad and undergrad. Did very well in some (As in PhD topology sequence) and very poorly in others (F in analytic number theory)
    Econ Courses: Mix of grad and undergrad. Same as above.
    Other Courses: N/A
    Letters: I think these were very strong
    Research Experience: Some in undergrad, including NSF REU. 2 year predoc (not Top 5)
    Teaching: N/A
    SOP: I think this was fine. Mentioned some specific lines of inquiry/papers.
    Other: Am coauthor on a working paper. Am not an under-represented minority. Strong software development background and intend to do computational work.


    Results
    Acceptances: Rutgers, Simon Fraser, WUSTL (off waitlist), Carnegie Mellon, Virginia
    Waitlists: Virginia (priority waitlist for 1st year funding)
    Rejections: Cambridge, Oxford, Northwestern, Brown, Cornell, UT Austin, UC Santa Barbara, Boston College, Penn State, UBC

    Pending: UNC Chapel Hill, Ohio State
    Attending: Carnegie Mellon (normal cohort size)


    What would you have done differently?


    Not gotten sick during undergrad. I think conditional on that, I did more or less what I could.

    Applying to a ton of schools was definitely the right call this year.

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    PROFILE:
    Type of Undergrad: T5 LAC
    Undergrad GPA: 3.99/4.0 (4.0 in Math and Econ)
    Type of Grad: N/A
    Grad GPA: N/A
    GRE: 167V/169Q/6.0AW

    Math Courses:
    Linear Algebra, Applied Topology, Real Analysis, Regression Analysis, Measure Theory & Probability, Differential Equations, Abstract Algebra, Indep. Study on Stochastic Calculus (measure-theoretic from Oksendal (2003)), Bayesian Statistics, Applied PDEs (covered functional analysis & numerical methods)

    Econ Courses: Intermediate Micro, Intermediate Macro, Seminar in Theoretical Macrofinance, Game Theory, Adv. Econometrics (VARs, SVARs), Financial History, Indep. Study on Research in Continuous-Time Macrofinance, Seminar in Labor Economics, Honors Thesis

    Other Courses: Intro to CS (Python), remaining courses were not quantitative or economics-related

    Letters of Recommendation: (1) Undergrad advisor (2) Direct supervising economist at Fed (3) Joint letter from another Fed economist and a well-published tenured professor at a T10.


    First two letter writers have sent multiple students to Top 5 schools in recent history and likely compared me to them as equally good or better. First letter is very strong b/c I am a co-author with them on 3 papers; they advised my thesis; and they have told me and others that they consider me "a co-author" rather than just a student. Second letter is nearly as strong as the first. Third letter is also strong b/c I worked extensively for them as an RA for a published paper and for an internal Fed briefing.

    Research Experience
    - 4 Papers w/ undergrad advisor: 1 under review at a T5 journal; 1 under review at low-ranked field; 3rd is work in progress; 4th is my senior thesis (may be re-written in the future); all 4 used continuous-time methods from Brunnermeier and Sannikov (2014)
    - 2 Years at Fed: RA for a published paper in a journal like NBER Macro Annual, Brookings; co-author on working paper with a HANK model; co-author on 2 internal briefings

    Teaching Experience:
    Undergrad TA for 6 math & econ courses (held TA sessions and graded problem sets). 2 most adv. courses were Measure Theory and Seminar on Theoretical Macrofinance

    Research Interests: Macroeconomics, Finance (espc. Business Cycle Theory, Macrofinance, Applied Theory, Computational Methods)

    SOP: I described my research experience in undergrad and postgrad. If there were faculty at the school whose research I've read and my SOP did not reach the word count yet, then I mentioned my interest in these faculty by citing papers I have read. I based my SOP off the SOPs of other successful RAs from the Fed at which I worked.

    Other: I have contributions on GitHub to a couple open-sources packages in economics and applied math.

    RESULTS:
    Acceptances: MIT (36k for years 1-2, 35k for years 3-5), Stanford (46k), UChicago (43k), Princeton (36k), UChicago Booth (43.5k for years 1-4, 36.5k for year 5, 33k for year 6), Harvard (from WL)
    Withdrew application before hearing back: UCLA, UC Berkeley, Univ. of Rochester, LSE, Yale, Univ. of Minnesota, UPenn, Northwestern, NYU, NYU Stern (UCLA, Yale, and NYU Stern still issued me explicit rejections, so they may have evaluated my application anyway)
    Waitlists: Stanford GSB Finance
    Rejections:
    HBS (received an interview)
    Attending: MIT
    Comments: After my admission to Stanford in January, my direct supervisor at the Fed said that I ought to withdraw my application early from schools whose programs are strictly dominated by Stanford's (for macro, at least). This way, admissions committees at other schools could offer a spot to someone else rather than waste time on me if I almost surely was going to pick Stanford over them. After receiving admission from MIT, I turned down more schools.


    On the business school interviews, while HBS's interview was a straightforward "talk to me about your research experience and interests" interview, both Stanford GSB and UChicago Booth asked more "complicated" questions like "Why choose our school?, "When was a time you encountered an adverse situation and how did you go about overcoming it? Did you come up with creative solutions to your problems?", and "Describe a time in which you had a disagreement with someone and how did you go about navigating the disagreement."

    What would you have done differently? Nothing really. I'm happy to have done my 2 years at the Fed and learned a lot, even if it may not necessarily have been necessary to get into a top 5 program. I'm confident that there will be long term benefits from having done the predoc.
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