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Good luck to everybody finalizing their offers and moving up the WL queue.

Unfortunately my top WL has turned to reject. So, Just polling for advice/reco on the options available

If you had to choose between fully funded PhD offers WashU (St. Louis) and UNC (Chapel Hill) -   which would you prefer ?

Would a Masters (non-funded) offer from UChicago and Columbia supersede the above ? (given that i have to take out loans to sustain the entire cost of that) -   Would these MA programs increase the chances of a top 10 PhD in 2 years ? (Else I would be just wasting time - because my interest is in Academia and I have to do PhD)

I also hear that for a prosperous career in Academia the PhD has to be from a top-10 school -  is this really true ? (then I feel like I have no hope even before starting and I am not sure I have the energy to try another round of applications)

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One would only hope that all the close to 20 or more posters here have seen this Profiles and Results 2024 - PhD in Economics - Urch Forums and are getting ready to post their profiles and results there to help future applicants and keep this place lively like it was in our days, 2009-2010. Past few years have been unfortunate as people strategically avoided the thread. I hope/trust this cycle would be better.

 

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6 minutes ago, CuriousBirdMan said:

Good luck to everybody finalizing their offers and moving up the WL queue.

Unfortunately my top WL has turned to reject. So, Just polling for advice/reco on the options available

If you had to choose between fully funded PhD offers WashU (St. Louis) and UNC (Chapel Hill) -   which would you prefer ?

Would a Masters (non-funded) offer from UChicago and Columbia supersede the above ? (given that i have to take out loans to sustain the entire cost of that) -   Would these MA programs increase the chances of a top 10 PhD in 2 years ? (Else I would be just wasting time - because my interest is in Academia and I have to do PhD)

I also hear that for a prosperous career in Academia the PhD has to be from a top-10 school -  is this really true ? (then I feel like I have no hope even before starting and I am not sure I have the energy to try another round of applications)

I am not on your level but WashU is awesome! Do it!

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8 minutes ago, CuriousBirdMan said:

I also hear that for a prosperous career in Academia the PhD has to be from a top-10 school -  is this really true ? (then I feel like I have no hope even before starting and I am not sure I have the energy to try another round of applications)

Of course top-10 schools have better academic placements, and this is especially true of MIT and Harvard. But many schools outside the top-10 also have quite good placements!

 

Pretty much every school posts placements. Take a look at those you find relevant rather than speculatiing.

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1 hour ago, LRM said:

I think you would have to be insane to turn down Yale for NW... Also the stipend at Yale is close to 60k from what I remember reading here or XJMR. As for Columbia grads going to industry I think it is in part due to the opportunity to do so by interning and networking in NYC, and the desire to stay in the city rather than moving to a college town in the middle of nowhere.

Why insane hhh… NW is known for its supportive advising style, and the placement is good. Also, they match your highest funding in other offers. All these three schools, NW Chicago and Columbia, are not in the middle of no where.

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Also, northwestern places incredibly well if you’re doing pure theory, matching, or anything algorithmic/cs theory… significantly better for certain parts of theory than anything not T3

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Is it really rude to accept the offer - and then decline it after 15th? Ppl around me told me that it is very rude and  pisses off the universities.. One school told me that they may give out some offers after tomorrow and I don’t get the point of it.. 

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29 minutes ago, CuriousBirdMan said:

Good luck to everybody finalizing their offers and moving up the WL queue.

Unfortunately my top WL has turned to reject. So, Just polling for advice/reco on the options available

If you had to choose between fully funded PhD offers WashU (St. Louis) and UNC (Chapel Hill) -   which would you prefer ?

Would a Masters (non-funded) offer from UChicago and Columbia supersede the above ? (given that i have to take out loans to sustain the entire cost of that) -   Would these MA programs increase the chances of a top 10 PhD in 2 years ? (Else I would be just wasting time - because my interest is in Academia and I have to do PhD)

I also hear that for a prosperous career in Academia the PhD has to be from a top-10 school -  is this really true ? (then I feel like I have no hope even before starting and I am not sure I have the energy to try another round of applications)

You have great offers in my opinion. If the research fit at these programs is good, then I don't see what doing a masters will add, especially at such high cost. Of course, if you are good enough for these programs, maybe the masters will put through to the very top.

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5 minutes ago, CuriousBirdMan said:

Good luck to everybody finalizing their offers and moving up the WL queue.

Unfortunately my top WL has turned to reject. So, Just polling for advice/reco on the options available

If you had to choose between fully funded PhD offers WashU (St. Louis) and UNC (Chapel Hill) -   which would you prefer ?

Would a Masters (non-funded) offer from UChicago and Columbia supersede the above ? (given that i have to take out loans to sustain the entire cost of that) -   Would these MA programs increase the chances of a top 10 PhD in 2 years ? (Else I would be just wasting time - because my interest is in Academia and I have to do PhD)

I also hear that for a prosperous career in Academia the PhD has to be from a top-10 school -  is this really true ? (then I feel like I have no hope even before starting and I am not sure I have the energy to try another round of applications)

IMHO: Loan debt for sb like you, a student, is poison. Unless you have a rich family don't do it. From those two you have offers from choose the one that has better placements from your research areas and better professors in your research areas. Attend to your selected program super happily and tryhard for 5 years. If you cannot publish great paper(s) by studying in these two departments, you also couldn't with top 10/20. If you can, top 10/20 will amplify the success of your future academic career but you will still become successful from those two.

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16 minutes ago, applicant_1 said:

Any movement in European applications : LSE, UPF, Bonn, UCL, Wariwick etc? Will there be movement on 16th April?

I don't think EU schools abide by the April 15 resolution in general.

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Any thoughts on Wisconsin versus Duke versus Boston University? I am particularly interested in macro, international macro, and trade, though my interests are still quite open honestly.

I am very much leaning away from BU, but I thought I would include it just in case anyone feels strongly.

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2 minutes ago, econk said:

Any thoughts on Wisconsin versus Duke versus Boston University? I am particularly interested in macro, international macro, and trade, though my interests are still quite open honestly.

I am very much leaning away from BU, but I thought I would include it just in case anyone feels strongly

I would have chosen Wisconsin.

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1 hour ago, guozili said:

There is movement for Minnesota waitlist (gc) ?

Reply from Minnesota:

"We are almost to our matriculation target so we will most likely not have any additional offers. I am sorry.

Please move forward with offers from other universities. "

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5 minutes ago, econk said:

Any thoughts on Wisconsin versus Duke versus Boston University? I am particularly interested in macro, international macro, and trade, though my interests are still quite open honestly.

I am very much leaning away from BU, but I thought I would include it just in case anyone feels strongly.

Feel free to make your choice. But if you choose BU or Duke please decline Wisconsin ASAP as it's my last hope. Have stayed up the whole night to wait for it. Thank you!!

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6 minutes ago, econk said:

Any thoughts on Wisconsin versus Duke versus Boston University? I am particularly interested in macro, international macro, and trade, though my interests are still quite open honestly.

I am very much leaning away from BU, but I thought I would include it just in case anyone feels strongly.

Please please please decide asap. Lots of people depend on you letting go the offers you will decline

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To clarify - I got all of the official offers in the last hour. I have not been purposefully holding onto multiple offers for a long time.

Now, I am just frantically trying to make a decision lol.

Declined BU.

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