2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by badphysicist » Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:07 pm

CarlBrannen wrote:UC Berkeley writes today:
Your application is complete and you are being considered for
admission to the PhD program in physics at the University of
California at Berkeley.

We will notify applicants as they are admitted. Final decisions will be
made no later than March 15, 2011.

Thank you for your patience.

I got this email on Saturday.

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Post by fandangoya » Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:08 pm

Dreaded Anomaly wrote:I have been admitted to the University of Rochester.

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Which program? I'm applying for Optics and the application deadline hasn't even come yet (well, it's tomorrow).

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Post by Dreaded Anomaly » Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:18 pm

fandangoya wrote:
Dreaded Anomaly wrote:I have been admitted to the University of Rochester.

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Which program? I'm applying for Optics and the application deadline hasn't even come yet (well, it's tomorrow).
PhD Physics, which had an application deadline of January 15.

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Post by fandangoya » Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:44 pm

Dreaded Anomaly wrote:
fandangoya wrote:
Dreaded Anomaly wrote:I have been admitted to the University of Rochester.

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Which program? I'm applying for Optics and the application deadline hasn't even come yet (well, it's tomorrow).
PhD Physics, which had an application deadline of January 15.
Oh cool. Congrats!

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Post by turgonel » Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:59 am

Got accepted to WUSTL! Fist Pumps and kisses for everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Post by WhoaNonstop » Tue Feb 01, 2011 2:19 am

turgonel wrote:Got accepted to WUSTL! Fist Pumps and kisses for everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mmm, I'm ready for mine.

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-Riley

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Post by sphy » Tue Feb 01, 2011 2:42 am

CarlBrannen wrote:UC Berkeley writes today:
Your application is complete and you are being considered for
admission to the PhD program in physics at the University of
California at Berkeley.

We will notify applicants as they are admitted. Final decisions will be
made no later than March 15, 2011.

Thank you for your patience.

Wow!!!!!!!!!!Good wishes to you dear CarlBrannen.
All the very best to your future in UCB.

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Post by grae313 » Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:02 pm

sphy wrote:
CarlBrannen wrote:UC Berkeley writes today:
Your application is complete and you are being considered for
admission to the PhD program in physics at the University of
California at Berkeley.

We will notify applicants as they are admitted. Final decisions will be
made no later than March 15, 2011.

Thank you for your patience.

Wow!!!!!!!!!!Good wishes to you dear CarlBrannen.
All the very best to your future in UCB.
sphy, I think you misunderstand this email. It only means that his application is complete and under review, just like the 700 other complete applications they currently have under review. All 700 complete applicants receive this email.

That said, I'm sure he'll get in :P

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Post by sphy » Tue Feb 01, 2011 2:36 pm

grae313 wrote: sphy, I think you misunderstand this email. It only means that his application is complete and under review, just like the 700 other complete applications they currently have under review. All 700 complete applicants receive this email.

That said, I'm sure he'll get in :P
Actually I was so excited that I misunderstood. One thing, I like that school so much that It just gives me goosebumps.
Any way it proves how minutely you observe all the things that is happening here, even though you are about to finish your Graduation from Stanford perhaps.
My heartiest Thank to you for being there and guiding us in many ways. :P
All the best for your future. And the other fact is that your name keeps me reminding of GRE ( I don't know why?) and it's so simple just 4 letters and so is the motivation for choosing my name to keep me reminding of PHYsics. :wink:

So keep up dear Carl....

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Post by kapil_ds » Tue Feb 01, 2011 5:33 pm

I had a phone interview with a Harvard Earth & Planetary Science professor today. She wanted to talk to me because she was a little bit concerned about my non-traditional background. In any case, she mentioned that the planetary science adcom will meet early next week with decisions being communicated to applicants by late feb. She also mentioned that the Harvard astronomy adcom met last week.

Kapil

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Post by meichenl » Tue Feb 01, 2011 6:45 pm

I've just been accepted to physics at Johns Hopkins. This is my first acceptance, so I'm pretty excited.

I think a batch of acceptances from JHU should come out soon because they invited me to an admit weekend at the end of February, and said that I should make travel plans soon.

It's a great deal since they'll comp the travel. I'm originally from that area, so I'll get a free visit with my family in addition to an admit weekend!

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by entanglement » Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:01 pm

Got into UMIchigan Ann arbor via email...

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Post by Kaumz » Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:28 pm

grae313 wrote:
All 700 complete applicants receive this email.
I dint get any such mail from UCB. Should I contact them and confirm whether my application is complete?

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Post by bfollinprm » Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:32 pm

Kaumz wrote:
grae313 wrote:
All 700 complete applicants receive this email.
I dint get any such mail from UCB. Should I contact them and confirm whether my application is complete?
me neither :(

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Post by LoronDotCom » Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:18 pm

entanglement wrote:Got into UMIchigan Ann arbor via email...
For physics? Experimental or theory?

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by entanglement » Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:02 pm

LoronDotCom wrote:
entanglement wrote:Got into UMIchigan Ann arbor via email...
For physics? Experimental or theory?
Experiment HEP!

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by grae313 » Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:46 pm

I'm pretty sure they send them out as they go through the applications, so if you haven't gotten one it could mean they just haven't gotten to your application yet. On the one hand, if they are just starting to send out these emails they must have a ton of applicants this year. On the other hand, it's getting pretty late in the month. I'd say, if you don't hear anything by the end of this week, give the admissions secretary a call on Monday and ask if you just need to be more patient or if there is a problem.

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Post by axiomofchoice » Wed Feb 02, 2011 2:24 am

[rumor]According to gradcafe, the Cornell wave of acceptance is coming....[/rumor]

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Post by WhoaNonstop » Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:17 am

Accepted to Florida today.

-Riley

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Post by Astro-K » Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:03 pm

Accepted to Florida astro today! First acceptance in!

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Post by blahblahblah » Wed Feb 02, 2011 1:21 pm

Does anybody know the general time of day to expect results. I got an acceptance yesterday at ~11am, and I'm not sure if this is typical. I just want to stop checking my email all day long if I know most acceptances don't get sent out until the end of the workday.

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Post by ruthrj » Wed Feb 02, 2011 1:24 pm

Astro-K, did your Florida acceptance come by e-mail or post?

*Edit* Nevermind, thanks for the quick pm response. Acceptance by e-mail. Congratulations!
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Post by grae313 » Wed Feb 02, 2011 1:50 pm

blahblahblah wrote:Does anybody know the general time of day to expect results. I got an acceptance yesterday at ~11am, and I'm not sure if this is typical. I just want to stop checking my email all day long if I know most acceptances don't get sent out until the end of the workday.

There is no standard time for sending them out. I've gotten them on evenings and weekends as well as business hours. Sorry. You could always just check once a day anyway :wink:

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by Astro-K » Wed Feb 02, 2011 3:11 pm

All that waiting wasn't for naught, apparently. Just accepted to Hawaii astro! (via email)

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by sunkist7 » Wed Feb 02, 2011 3:28 pm

Dear ******

I am very pleased to inform you that you have been admitted to the graduate program in Physics at MIT, beginning in the fall term 2011. Congratulations! A formal letter with details will follow in a few days.

I am also delighted to inform you that you have been awarded a fellowship for your first twelve months; fellowships cover the cost of tuition, a living stipend (the amount for 2011-12 will be determined shortly; the 2010-11 monthly stipend is $2,400), and health insurance for the student. These prestigious awards give you the freedom to explore various options to work with our faculty during the first year. Afterwards you will continue to be supported, typically by a research assistantship from the group you choose to work with.

In order to help you make an informed choice which graduate school to attend (we hope that you will choose MIT!), you are invited to an open house for prospective graduate students. More details will follow, but for now, please save the dates: Thursday and Friday, March 31 and April 1. We hope that you will attend this event where there will be many opportunities to learn about MIT and to interact with our faculty. However, if for some reason you are prevented from attending the open house, please contact us to arrange a visit at a different time.

Congratulations once again, and we very much hope that you will accept our offer and join our community this fall.

Best regards,

Vladan Vuletic on behalf of the Physics Department at MIT

Anyone else?

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Post by vttd » Wed Feb 02, 2011 3:31 pm

Wow congrats Astro-K! That's a monster acceptance!

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Post by axiomofchoice » Wed Feb 02, 2011 4:41 pm

sunkist7 wrote:Dear ******

I am very pleased to inform you that you have been admitted to the graduate program in Physics at MIT, beginning in the fall term 2011. Congratulations! A formal letter with details will follow in a few days.

I am also delighted to inform you that you have been awarded a fellowship for your first twelve months; fellowships cover the cost of tuition, a living stipend (the amount for 2011-12 will be determined shortly; the 2010-11 monthly stipend is $2,400), and health insurance for the student. These prestigious awards give you the freedom to explore various options to work with our faculty during the first year. Afterwards you will continue to be supported, typically by a research assistantship from the group you choose to work with.

In order to help you make an informed choice which graduate school to attend (we hope that you will choose MIT!), you are invited to an open house for prospective graduate students. More details will follow, but for now, please save the dates: Thursday and Friday, March 31 and April 1. We hope that you will attend this event where there will be many opportunities to learn about MIT and to interact with our faculty. However, if for some reason you are prevented from attending the open house, please contact us to arrange a visit at a different time.

Congratulations once again, and we very much hope that you will accept our offer and join our community this fall.

Best regards,

Vladan Vuletic on behalf of the Physics Department at MIT

Anyone else?
Got the same email :D :D :D :D :D

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Post by cryingsun » Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:00 pm

axiomofchoice wrote:
sunkist7 wrote:Dear ******

I am very pleased to inform you that you have been admitted to the graduate program in Physics at MIT, beginning in the fall term 2011. Congratulations! A formal letter with details will follow in a few days.

I am also delighted to inform you that you have been awarded a fellowship for your first twelve months; fellowships cover the cost of tuition, a living stipend (the amount for 2011-12 will be determined shortly; the 2010-11 monthly stipend is $2,400), and health insurance for the student. These prestigious awards give you the freedom to explore various options to work with our faculty during the first year. Afterwards you will continue to be supported, typically by a research assistantship from the group you choose to work with.

In order to help you make an informed choice which graduate school to attend (we hope that you will choose MIT!), you are invited to an open house for prospective graduate students. More details will follow, but for now, please save the dates: Thursday and Friday, March 31 and April 1. We hope that you will attend this event where there will be many opportunities to learn about MIT and to interact with our faculty. However, if for some reason you are prevented from attending the open house, please contact us to arrange a visit at a different time.

Congratulations once again, and we very much hope that you will accept our offer and join our community this fall.

Best regards,

Vladan Vuletic on behalf of the Physics Department at MIT

Anyone else?
Got the same email :D :D :D :D :D
Same email except that mine was forwarded by an admin assistant instead of Vladan Vuletic himself.

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Post by axiomofchoice » Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:07 pm

cryingsun wrote: Same email except that mine was forwarded by an admin assistant instead of Vladan Vuletic himself.
Mine is forwarded by an assistant as well. Probably that's how it is done at MIT :)

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Post by vivacelaura » Wed Feb 02, 2011 6:49 pm

Berkeley astronomy acceptances are out -- they took 12

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Post by cryingsun » Wed Feb 02, 2011 6:55 pm

axiomofchoice wrote:
cryingsun wrote: Same email except that mine was forwarded by an admin assistant instead of Vladan Vuletic himself.
Mine is forwarded by an assistant as well. Probably that's how it is done at MIT :)
I wanted to make sure it was not a prank by some friend so I checked up the person and the email address :roll:

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Post by grae313 » Wed Feb 02, 2011 7:45 pm

vivacelaura wrote:Berkeley astronomy acceptances are out -- they took 12
Ouch. Do you know out of how many? Are you a current astro student there?

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Post by Alice » Wed Feb 02, 2011 7:58 pm

Since so many MIT acceptances are out, is it safe to assume that everyone who hasn't heard yet has been rejected? :(

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Post by WhoaNonstop » Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:03 pm

Alice wrote:Since so many MIT acceptances are out, is it safe to assume that everyone who hasn't heard yet has been rejected? :(
It's safe to assume you haven't received a rejection.

-Riley

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Post by Alice » Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:12 pm

WhoaNonstop wrote: It's safe to assume you haven't received a rejection.
-Riley
:lol:

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Post by Kaumz » Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:37 pm

Hey!

I just got an acceptance from Cornell !! I am sooo happy !! :D

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Post by axiomofchoice » Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:29 pm

Alice wrote:Since so many MIT acceptances are out, is it safe to assume that everyone who hasn't heard yet has been rejected? :(
Based on gradcafe last year, MIT sends out another wave of acceptances around middle of February, don't give up yet :wink:

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Post by zhermes » Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:41 pm

@Kaumz: Astronomy or physics? (Congrats!)


WhoaNonstop wrote:
bck2school wrote:A friend of mine got an email from UCSC Astro for an interview. Anyone here receive emails from santa cruz?
I haven't received anything yet but I applied to physics. Not sure if they are different programs.
Different programs, physics doesn't do interviews.
Better late than never?

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Post by WhoaNonstop » Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:04 pm

Kaumz wrote:Hey!

I just got an acceptance from Cornell !! I am sooo happy !! :D
Oh come on Cornell, you know you want me!

Congrats Kaumz! =)

-Riley

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Post by axiomofchoice » Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:13 pm

WhoaNonstop wrote:
Kaumz wrote:Hey!

I just got an acceptance from Cornell !! I am sooo happy !! :D
Oh come on Cornell, you know you want me!

Congrats Kaumz! =)

-Riley
Cornell sure does! I'm sure grae would love to have you at her parties :)

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Post by admissionprof » Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:22 pm

axiomofchoice wrote: Cornell sure does! I'm sure grae would love to have you at her parties :)
Completely OT, but I'm curious. How do you pronounce grae? Is it "G-ray", "gray", "G-R-A-E".....? And I'm also not sure about the 313. Or maybe it's all a mystery...

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Post by vivacelaura » Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:34 pm

grae313 wrote:
vivacelaura wrote:Berkeley astronomy acceptances are out -- they took 12
Ouch. Do you know out of how many? Are you a current astro student there?

I was one of the 12. I don't know how many applications they got this year, but I think 150-200 is typical.

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Post by vivacelaura » Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:38 pm

bck2school wrote:A friend of mine got an email from UCSC Astro for an interview. Anyone here receive emails from santa cruz?
I had my UCSC interview today. The interviewer told me that out of 176 applicants, 33 were offered interviews and roughly half of those will receive offers.

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Post by pymtab » Thu Feb 03, 2011 1:21 am

Did all of you who were accepted to MIT already receive an email saying your application is complete? I didn't even get that email.

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Post by cryingsun » Thu Feb 03, 2011 1:26 am

pymtab wrote:Did all of you who were accepted to MIT already receive an email saying your application is complete? I didn't even get that email.
No. I don't think I got any email from them after the one confirming my payment and submission.

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Post by axiomofchoice » Thu Feb 03, 2011 1:30 am

pymtab wrote:Did all of you who were accepted to MIT already receive an email saying your application is complete? I didn't even get that email.
No I did not get anything beyond the payment confirmation etc. email right after I submitted my app. I did inquire last week (MIT does make it really hard to find someone to ask), and within minutes I got an email from the secretary that my application is complete.

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Post by Kaumz » Thu Feb 03, 2011 5:41 am

@ zhermes: I applied to Physics.
@ WhoaNonstop, zhermes : Thanks and all the best :)

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Post by grae313 » Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:34 pm

Alice wrote:Since so many MIT acceptances are out, is it safe to assume that everyone who hasn't heard yet has been rejected? :(
No. Look at previous trends in the admissions threads. EVERYONE admits in waves.

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Post by grae313 » Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:37 pm

admissionprof wrote:
axiomofchoice wrote:Completely OT, but I'm curious. How do you pronounce grae? Is it "G-ray", "gray", "G-R-A-E".....? And I'm also not sure about the 313. Or maybe it's all a mystery...
Like the color. 313 (I say it "three thirteen") was a significant date to me way back in high school when I started using this name.

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Post by bfollinprm » Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:38 pm

How many of you have heard back from Austin? I know a few went out yesterday, and the PhD weekend is in 3 weeks. They accept a (relatively) large number though, so I'm still wondering where most of the acceptances are.

They've had my application since mid-november....



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