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Hello everyone, With the admission decision process underway, I have been trying to narrow down schools. Ranking lists contradict themselves, there's not a ton of discussion about non-top 30 programs, and in general, I have a lot of options. All in all, I could use some help! My main research interest are environmental and development, though if I had to choose, I would weigh environmental over development. In particular, I would like to look into issues of public land conservation and management. Ideally the school I will attend will be strong in both fields, giving me some room to explore my interests. I am looking for a smallish department (i.e. personable, friendly, with lots of faculty-student interaction) in a place that has easy access to outdoor recreational opportunities.Of course, funding/ cost of living is a consideration as well Acceptances: UCSC ($$), Wyoming ($$), Arkansas ($$$$$$), Tennessee ($$$), Kentucky ($$), West Virginia ($$$), Arizona ($$), Oregon ($$), NC State (no word on funding yet) Waiting to hear back from: UCSB, U Washington Seattle, Colorado Boulder If anyone has a suggestion or insight into any of these programs, it would be greatly appreciated.
Hello, I was recently admitted to two of the schools I applied to this round for Econ phd: Oregon State U AE and UCR Economics (both full funding/insurance/tuition waiver). I am waiting for other schools to get back to me, but I am so happy I got into a program! I was hoping I could get general impressions from people who might know anything about these programs. For example, I understand UCR is on the heterodox side but am still unclear as to the reputation it has. UC School but still very looked down upon? (Another thing, I am planning to commute there from one of the smaller communities next to Anaheim; am I better off living close by?) I am visiting both schools soon and had some questions prepared, but what types of questions would more experienced forum posters suggest I ask? Thanks!