Fall 2009 Open House Information

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by sterculus » Sat Feb 21, 2009 2:38 pm

Helio wrote:
sterculus wrote: I don't even know if they have a waitlist... as cocky as they are

did the email tell you were in or did you have to go their online portal thing btw?
Haha maybe, MIT is pretty cocky (even for a top program). UCLA gave me the standard unofficial "we have recommended you for admission to the Graduate Division" e-mail - I think they told me earlier that they don't use the portal for anything.

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by Helio » Sat Feb 21, 2009 2:42 pm

sterculus wrote:
Helio wrote:
sterculus wrote: I don't even know if they have a waitlist... as cocky as they are

did the email tell you were in or did you have to go their online portal thing btw?
Haha maybe, MIT is pretty cocky (even for a top program). UCLA gave me the standard unofficial "we have recommended you for admission to the Graduate Division" e-mail - I think they told me earlier that they don't use the portal for anything.
the only thing they told me was that they don't use the online system thingy to track your material

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by sterculus » Sat Feb 21, 2009 3:13 pm

Helio wrote:the only thing they told me was that they don't use the online system thingy to track your material
I checked the system "Application Status", which just says "Submitted" for me.

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by cato88 » Sat Feb 21, 2009 3:22 pm

sterculus wrote: Haha maybe, MIT is pretty cocky (even for a top program). UCLA gave me the standard unofficial "we have recommended you for admission to the Graduate Division" e-mail - I think they told me earlier that they don't use the portal for anything.
The use the portal to reject people because the graduate school ends up having to reject people and they use the portal. Admission is recommendation to graduate school which then posts the official decision.

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by sterculus » Sat Feb 21, 2009 3:25 pm

Ah ok, so it'll change my status whenever the grad school gets around to me. Makes sense.

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by G01 » Sun Feb 22, 2009 7:38 pm

I don't know if anyone posted this already, since I haven't had a chance to read the whole thread:

Boston University Open House: March 26-27

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by franziaboy » Mon Feb 23, 2009 4:21 pm

Cornell Astro: march 6
Columbia Astro: March 26

Anybody know if/when U.Wisconsin-Madison Astro is?

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by astrofan » Tue Feb 24, 2009 11:38 am

Nevermind, found out Brown does not have an open house. They schedule visits for each student at different times.

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by abeboparebop » Tue Feb 24, 2009 7:11 pm

Anybody have any idea about Chicago's open house?

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by secander2! » Tue Feb 24, 2009 7:15 pm

It seems that Michigan has two open house weekends:
Michigan Acceptance Email wrote:Physics Department Open House


(Weekend #1) March 12th-March 14th

and


(Weekend #2) March 26th-March 28th

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by bosem » Tue Feb 24, 2009 8:11 pm

secander2! wrote:It seems that Michigan has two open house weekends:
Michigan Acceptance Email wrote:Physics Department Open House


(Weekend #1) March 12th-March 14th

and


(Weekend #2) March 26th-March 28th
In what country March 12th, and 13th is a weekend?

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by Helio » Tue Feb 24, 2009 8:20 pm

bosem wrote:
secander2! wrote:It seems that Michigan has two open house weekends:
Michigan Acceptance Email wrote:Physics Department Open House


(Weekend #1) March 12th-March 14th

and


(Weekend #2) March 26th-March 28th
In what country March 12th, and 13th is a weekend?
well march 27th is also not a weekend per se.... they say weekend cause you might leave saturday or sunday

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by sterculus » Wed Feb 25, 2009 1:27 am

Princeton plasma physics is March 26-28.

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by ffalieri » Wed Feb 25, 2009 4:23 pm

University of British Columbia - March 20 and 21

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by babazula » Wed Feb 25, 2009 5:26 pm

ffalieri wrote:University of British Columbia - March 20 and 21
how did you hear about the dates?

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by isobelojalvo » Wed Feb 25, 2009 6:39 pm

Anyone know when UCSB's open house is?

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by abeboparebop » Wed Feb 25, 2009 7:01 pm

UCSB: March 29th-31st

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by ffalieri » Wed Feb 25, 2009 7:44 pm

babazula wrote:
ffalieri wrote:University of British Columbia - March 20 and 21
how did you hear about the dates?

Web page: http://www.physics.ubc.ca/graduate/open ... ndex.phtml

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by secander2! » Wed Feb 25, 2009 9:03 pm

Forgive me if it's already been posted (I didn't ready through the whole thread), but it seems that Princeton's Physics open house is March 30-31.

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by jsd » Thu Feb 26, 2009 9:54 pm

Does anyone know when Chicago's visiting weekend is? It seems like some people have gotten in, but there's no info.

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by secander2! » Thu Feb 26, 2009 10:05 pm

jsd wrote:Does anyone know when Chicago's visiting weekend is? It seems like some people have gotten in, but there's no info.
The acceptance email I got said that Chicago's Physics open house will be on April 3rd.

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by abeboparebop » Thu Feb 26, 2009 10:17 pm

So Chicago is the same weekend as Berkeley...

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by secander2! » Thu Feb 26, 2009 10:25 pm

You're right, I guess we just have to choose.

I just wonder when Stanford will have their open house. It would be rather nice if it was synched up with Berkeley!!!

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by abeboparebop » Thu Feb 26, 2009 10:42 pm

secander2! wrote:You're right, I guess we just have to choose.
Well, hopefully.

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by grae313 » Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:21 pm

secander2! wrote:I just wonder when Stanford will have their open house. It would be rather nice if it was synched up with Berkeley!!!
UCSB, Berkely, and Stanford were all synced up last year

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by sterculus » Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:43 pm

Stanford Physics is March 31/April 1 (right before Berkeley).

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by sterculus » Fri Feb 27, 2009 5:38 pm

Maryland Physics is March 27-28.

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by trinitron » Sun Mar 01, 2009 11:46 pm

Wow, the Berkeley letter actually lists the wrong dates!

Edit - Just so there's no confusion, that wasn't sarcasm. :)

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by gumpstuck » Tue Mar 03, 2009 11:18 pm

Anyone has any clue when Stanford and Caltech Applied Physics open house will be?

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by AP Applicant » Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:54 am

gumpstuck wrote:Anyone has any clue when Stanford and Caltech Applied Physics open house will be?
One of the persons who has been admitted to Caltech AP just informed me that the open house is tomorrow and Friday.

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by Maxwells_Demon » Wed Mar 04, 2009 6:05 pm

Tomorrow?????!! Looks like I'll call Caltech now, to see what's up with my application........

What about Applied Physics for Columbia, Harvard and Cornell? Anyone know...? thanks

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by AP Applicant » Wed Mar 04, 2009 8:13 pm

Maxwells_Demon wrote:Tomorrow?????!! Looks like I'll call Caltech now, to see what's up with my application........

What about Applied Physics for Columbia, Harvard and Cornell? Anyone know...? thanks

Maxwell's Demon
Please let us know if found out what is going on there. I have applied only to AP at Caltech :cry: .

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by gumpstuck » Wed Mar 04, 2009 11:39 pm

WTF TMR???? prob been rejected then since I hadn't heard about that.

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by Maxwells_Demon » Wed Mar 04, 2009 11:47 pm

I called up Caltech, and the lady wouldn't answer my question of "when the recruiting weekend was." She just told me to wait until March 15 when the decisions are out.

Probably a rejection.

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by Maxwells_Demon » Wed Mar 04, 2009 11:49 pm

It's weird though because it doesn't seem anyone is being accepted to these applied physics places (caltech, stanford, columbia...)

What the heck is going on?

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by gumpstuck » Thu Mar 05, 2009 12:19 am

Maxwells_Demon wrote:It's weird though because it doesn't seem anyone is being accepted to these applied physics places (caltech, stanford, columbia...)

What the heck is going on?

Maxwell's Demon
Seems like at least one other guy got into Caltech Applied Physics. They're being secretive aren't they... I'd be shouting on the rooftops if I got in to any of those schools.

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by bigdmiller » Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:57 pm

gumpstuck wrote:
Maxwells_Demon wrote:It's weird though because it doesn't seem anyone is being accepted to these applied physics places (caltech, stanford, columbia...)

What the heck is going on?

Maxwell's Demon
Seems like at least one other guy got into Caltech Applied Physics. They're being secretive aren't they... I'd be shouting on the rooftops if I got in to any of those schools.
A prerequisite for acceptance into the CalTech Aph program is that you subscribe to nihilism and I am thus incapable of getting excited - even if I could it would be meaningless Lebowski.

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by sterculus » Sun Mar 08, 2009 12:11 am

So, here are the open houses that I'm pretty sure I'll be at:
-Colorado physics (the one this week)
-Princeton Plasma (moved to 3/16-17 fyi)
-Caltech
-Stanford
-Berkeley
-MIT

See some of you guys there, I guess!

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by slugger » Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:56 pm

went to my first open house this past friday. one of the professors i met with pleasantly informed me that he was the sole reason i was accepted (i forget the exact words but it think it involved pulling my file from the rejection pile) and that if i decide to attend i better not mess it up. a real optimist, good times.

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by grae313 » Sun Mar 08, 2009 11:16 pm

slugger wrote:went to my first open house this past friday. one of the professors i met with pleasantly informed me that he was the sole reason i was accepted (i forget the exact words but it think it involved pulling my file from the rejection pile) and that if i decide to attend i better not mess it up. a real optimist, good times.
HA!

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by Helio » Mon Mar 09, 2009 5:11 am

slugger wrote:went to my first open house this past friday. one of the professors i met with pleasantly informed me that he was the sole reason i was accepted (i forget the exact words but it think it involved pulling my file from the rejection pile) and that if i decide to attend i better not mess it up. a real optimist, good times.
No pressure at all 8)

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by a bucket » Mon Mar 09, 2009 10:26 pm

Anyone here planning to be at UMD open house? I think that's the only one I'm actually interested in going to.

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by dustdevil » Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:03 pm

Check out the weather for the UT visiting weekend:
http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/U ... undeclared

It gets back to normal Austin weather the day we leave, how unfortunate!

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by Ren » Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:33 pm

dustdevil wrote:Check out the weather for the UT visiting weekend:
http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/U ... undeclared

It gets back to normal Austin weather the day we leave, how unfortunate!
seems like it's gonna rain the whole time we're there. how awesome. I was planning to check out the city a bit.

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by Helio » Thu Mar 12, 2009 2:21 am

Ren wrote:
dustdevil wrote:Check out the weather for the UT visiting weekend:
http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/U ... undeclared

It gets back to normal Austin weather the day we leave, how unfortunate!
seems like it's gonna rain the whole time we're there. how awesome. I was planning to check out the city a bit.

me too now i need to dig out my jacket from somewhere.....

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by dustdevil » Thu Mar 12, 2009 2:27 am

When I visited U. of Michigan it was 60*F and very nice. Now Austin is wet, cold and rainy. I swear the weather gods are playing tricks on me.

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by slugger » Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:36 am

I'm flying to champaign today, hope to meet a few of you there!

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by evilclaw2321 » Sun Mar 15, 2009 7:52 pm

anyone else going to british columbias open house this week?

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by dustdevil » Sun Mar 15, 2009 8:32 pm

Ren, were you the one I played the Nepalian drinking game with this weekend? Bonsitu Bonsita!

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Re: Fall 2009 Open House Information

Post by Helio » Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:50 am

dustdevil wrote:Ren, were you the one I played the Nepalian drinking game with this weekend? Bonsitu Bonsita!
It really does irk you that you don't know :P



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