- This has become our largest and most active forum because the physics GRE is just one aspect of getting accepted into a graduate physics program.
- There are applications, personal statements, letters of recommendation, visiting schools, anxiety of waiting for acceptances, deciding between schools, finding out where others are going, etc.
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This is strange. Saw 3-4 acceptances on gc in feb, since they're a combined dept, they would be taking atleast 35-40 students unless they decide to pull a JHU. Got no news from them, then saw someone waitlisted last week, then 4-5 rejections on 7th March, couple rejections on 9th march, but I still got nothing, are they really playing knockout with our apps?
Some schools take longer than others. When I applied in 2020, I'd already attended (virtually) open house events and pretty much decided where I was going to go before UCSC finally sent me a rejection. Something else to note is that GradCafe only provides a small sample of those who get accepted. My department typically gets around 500 applicants a year and sends acceptances out to roughly 80-100 (maybe less recently due to some abnormally large yields in the last couple years), but you rarely see more than about ten acceptance posts on GradCafe.
Only a small portion of people use GC or PGRE. Harvard accepted about 40 people this year and only about 9 acceptances were posted. Not everyone posts so 3-5 acceptance posts probably means at least 30 acceptances.