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  1. PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Go8 (Australia) Undergrad GPA: 4.00 (Hons) GRE: 169Q Math Courses: Analysis 1-2, Algebra 1-2, Linear Algebra 1-2, Calc 1-2 Econ Courses: Hons Micro, Macro, Metrics and Thesis Letters of Recommendation: 3 Profs: thesis supervisor, RA supervisor, other Research Experience: RA and policy internships (no pre-doc) Teaching Experience: TA for 2 semesters Research Interests: Macro theory/monetary SOP: Generic RESULTS: Acceptances: Penn State ($$) Waitlists: Stanford, Northwestern, NYU, UCLA, Minnesota Rejections: Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Chicago, Columbia, UPenn, Yale, UC Berkeley Comments: I am very grateful for my acceptance and my waitlists!! I offer some advice/reflections below (mainly for Aus students). Waitlists are hard to convert and every school will express optimism about admitting you -- I should've been less hopeful about getting off any given waitlist. (This is wild speculation, but) being a macro and non-applied student appears to narrow your options among top schools -- it will be interesting to see the results from other macro candidates. Maybe this should have been obvious. Most Australian students are a long shot for T5, but might be considered by UC Berkeley, Yale and the other T10. If you do macro theory, I can't imagine UC Berkeley or Yale being a strong match. That leaves only the lower T10 schools such as NYU, Columbia and UPenn, which would target macro students. On the other hand, I imagine applied micro is targeted by almost every school. If ex-ante I wanted to maximise the average rank of my offers or the number of offers I got, then I shouldn't have done macro (or macro theory)! If I wanted to do macro (or macro theory) anyway then I should have lowered my expectation of offers to lower ranks within T20. Maths and Real Analysis doesn't seem to be important anymore -- an Aus hons degree in Econ could be enough. I was given some helpful advice when choosing between offer: don't focus on initial placements -- they are noisy and being over-placed can be stressful; and look at outcomes 5-10 years out to get a better sense of value-added. What would you have done differently? I would have applied to pre-docs much earlier. I would consider revealing a different part of my research interests -- maybe expressing an interest in applied macro. I wouldn't have focused on the name behind my letters so much! I wouldn't have done so much maths.
  2. A friend of mine just got accepted off WL
  3. Did anyone on the NYU waitlist get asked for an official transcript?
  4. I haven't heard yet, but I know I won't receive an offer (from an inside source)
  5. I had the same situation with Stanford, but was cut from the waitlist a week ago. Good luck!
  6. Another data point: I have a senior thesis and RA experience w/ great letters, majored in Pure Math and took Adv. Micro. I had no T20 offers this cycle -- maybe something else helped you @CornellEnglishMajor?
  7. Can anyone confirm NYU acceptance on GC?
  8. Certainly feels that way... Only accepted at the bottom safety school in the range my advisors suggested, and they consistently send students to top 10 programs
  9. Guess we could be waitlisted then?
  10. Anyone not heard or waitlisted?
  11. Can admits share any info on Harvard/MIT class sizes this year?
  12. Can anyone confirm a short and long wait-list for Minnesota? In previous years, some students were told that they were likely to be admitted in their initial email notification -- on a "short" waitlist. I received the generic "long" waitlist email without any suggestion of a later offer.
  13. It seems like 2008-2012 was a golden age for Australian students applying to top US/UK PhD programs straight out of an Honours year. Since, there appears to have been a significant fall in matriculants coming straight out of an Honours year and an accompanying increase in Australians opting to apply to PhD programs after pre-doctoral fellowships. Is this really the case? While the below guide raises many points that remain useful, do any Australian or other international student matriculants or successful applicants have any additional advice to offer? How is the international representation in your program and do they fit a specific profile? For example, it would seem from the limited number of (public) matriculants coming out of Australia now have strong math backgrounds. For the ambitious, prospective PhD student: A Guide – Core Economics Looking forward to discussion and responses!
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