2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by vesperlynd » Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:31 pm

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by axiomofchoice » Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:35 pm

pymtab wrote: Thanks, that's soothing to hear. Is your PDF still missing the "complete enough for review" status?
Yes, it is still blank.

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by aawolverine » Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:50 pm

I got waitlisted at UC Irvine for the area of Astrophysics (particularly CMB polarization). They said it's a 3 person waitlist so if anyone is in to UCI and knows they aren't going to go there, please let them know as soon as you can.

Good luck to all!

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by cryingsun » Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:54 pm

vesperlynd wrote:
cryingsun wrote:
vesperlynd wrote:Related to what pymtab said except for Caltech: my Caltech application used to include when my test scores were logged in, and now the status page only has my transcript shown as received. Does anyone else's Caltech status page look like that?
I emailed them in Jan. about GRE score issue and they said that they didn't need official score report for review purpose.
Okay, thanks. Does your status page only have two categories: mailed recs and transcript though?
Item Status or Date Received (PT) Date/Time Posted (PT)
Mailed Recs No current status. Please check back later
Transcript Scanned & Uploaded 1/4/2011 9:52:01 AM

So yes, there are only two items left in status page.

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by vesperlynd » Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:56 pm

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by fandangoya » Wed Feb 16, 2011 7:03 pm

WhoaNonstop wrote:
fandangoya wrote:So for those of us who already have acceptances, what are you planning on doing with this summer before heading to grad school?
Some people have suggested that relaxing is a good idea, such as getting some mindless job. However, I'll be pushing some of the schools I've been accepted to for a research position during the summer. A lot of them actually offer them but some of them don't. Otherwise, even if I wasn't able to acquire that I would probably move to the area anyways so I could become familiar with it before all the "fun" begins. ;D

-Riley
Hmm, never thought about moving early, seems like a good idea.

Anyway, I'm looking to unwind this summer so I'm going on Phish tour :mrgreen:

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by WhoaNonstop » Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:00 am

You guyz are so b0ring. Who wanz tah play Hungry Hungry Hippos?

-Riley

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by giga17 » Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:24 am

WhoaNonstop wrote:You guyz are so b0ring. Who wanz tah play Hungry Hungry Hippos?

-Riley
Dips on the green hippo.

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by bfollinprm » Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:15 am

I am getting so freakin antsy. At this point, I'd almost take a rejection, so long as I hear back from a school soon.

Why is there such a delay between the first offers of admission, and everyone else? I'm looking at you, Michigan, UT Austin, Seattle, ....

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by bfollinprm » Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:28 am

vesperlynd wrote:
bfollinprm wrote:Why is there such a delay between the first offers of admission, and everyone else?
I am almost beginning to think that the schools who haven't notified people want to see how many applicants will accept offers from other schools and withdraw their applications. Smaller applicant pool = less applications to read. These other schools that admit early probably want to see how many will accept offers early, except most applicants still haven't heard from every school.

I personally won't really begin to think about which school until I hear back from the others. I want to give each school a fair shake.

I'm sure its something like that...I'm just really frustrated. It's like schools in the 30-80 range offer in early Feb, 10-30 in late feb, and 1-10 in the last week of feb/early march. But of course everyone is waiting for the top schools to make their choices, and of course its the top schools that have had the applications for the longest. Some schools I've contacted haven't even started looking at applications, so it really makes me wonder.

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by kacsa8 » Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:33 am

Offer from Rochester Optics PhD this morning....

To add to the current dialogue, I've noticed a similar trend while I wait with some of my friends in the same department for responses... I've also noticed that, oddly enough, I've heard back from every optics program I applied to, yet I haven't heard back from a single physics program...

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by negru » Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:05 pm

just got into pton

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by et » Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:42 pm

Admitted to Princeton physics by email this morning! No financial details.

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by axiomofchoice » Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:03 pm

Ha!
Dear xxx,

Congratulations! We want you to pursue your PhD in physics at Harvard.
Their open house is right before MIT's. Convenient! No financial details yet.

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by negru » Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:05 pm

Sorry harv, pton was first. tough luck, negru.

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by negru » Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:09 pm

although that "we will feed" you part that pton failed to mention kinda makes up

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by WhoaNonstop » Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:46 pm

axiomofchoice wrote:Ha!
Dear xxx,

Congratulations! We want you to pursue your PhD in physics at Harvard.
Their open house is right before MIT's. Convenient! No financial details yet.
Riley 4, Axiom 1.

First to 5 wins.

-Riley

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by waitingsucks » Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:35 pm

Hello all, this is my first post. I plan to post my profile soon.
I'm an international student and I got my first university notification yesterday, from Texas A&M. They said that they're "currently very limited in financial resources", and that they do accept me but I would have to get a fellowship from my country or something. Has anyone of you gotten something like this? (I suppose this particularly goes to the international applicants). Do you think they really cut on the number of acceptances this year, or do they always send this kind of message (every year)?

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by WhoaNonstop » Thu Feb 17, 2011 4:10 pm

waitingsucks wrote:Hello all, this is my first post. I plan to post my profile soon.
I'm an international student and I got my first university notification yesterday, from Texas A&M. They said that they're "currently very limited in financial resources", and that they do accept me but I would have to get a fellowship from my country or something. Has anyone of you gotten something like this? (I suppose this particularly goes to the international applicants). Do you think they really cut on the number of acceptances this year, or do they always send this kind of message (every year)?
I have seen this happen in previous years, but it usually isn't a typical response from a physics program. Of course, there may be less funding for students this year, but I've seen a few universities make this kind of offer in the past. That is, if the applicant can find external funding or even fund himself, they'd accept him/her. Of course, your best option is to wait for any other offers.

-Riley

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by grae313 » Thu Feb 17, 2011 4:28 pm

Just browsing the updated profiles and wanted to say a congrats to matto07 on the first page. Excellent research experience and a general record of accomplishment elsewhere in the app + mediocre PGRE and unknown undergrad institution = fellowship to Cornell.

It's not all about the PGRE, folks!

Edit: also, I bet playing piano professionally was a plus.

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by kacsa8 » Thu Feb 17, 2011 4:36 pm

Heard from Maryland today, and a buddy of mine got into Boulder...

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by axiomofchoice » Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:53 pm

WhoaNonstop wrote: Riley 4, Axiom 1.

First to 5 wins.

-Riley
Not fair. You got a head start.

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by t2kburl » Thu Feb 17, 2011 7:59 pm

Accepted to UW-Milwaukee Physics! :shock:

So much for the PGRE killing my chances at a Physics career path! HA!

Now I have a decision to make.

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by matto07 » Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:32 pm

grae313 wrote:Just browsing the updated profiles and wanted to say a congrats to matto07 on the first page. Excellent research experience and a general record of accomplishment elsewhere in the app + mediocre PGRE and unknown undergrad institution = fellowship to Cornell.

It's not all about the PGRE, folks!

Edit: also, I bet playing piano professionally was a plus.

Thanks! Overcoming horrible test-taking skills is my forte...

Congrats to those recently accepted to MIT, Harvard, Princeton, or anywhere for that matter!
Still eagerly waiting on Harvard...(hurry up and reject me!!!)

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by satyad18 » Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:19 pm

Accepted to UW Milwaukee today!! :D
Financial details to follow soon.

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by sphy » Fri Feb 18, 2011 6:27 am

satyad18 wrote:Accepted to UW Milwaukee today!! :D
Financial details to follow soon.
Congrats Satyad18. Just go and take a fresh bath. All the best. :)

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by satyad18 » Fri Feb 18, 2011 6:32 am

sphy wrote:
satyad18 wrote:Accepted to UW Milwaukee today!! :D
Financial details to follow soon.
Congrats Satyad18. Just go and take a fresh bath. All the best. :)
Thanks. :)
I did. :wink:

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by abhishodh » Fri Feb 18, 2011 6:33 am

Does anybody know when we can expect to hear from Stony Brook, Penn State University and U Penn?

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by KBTPhys » Fri Feb 18, 2011 11:17 am

Heard from Stony Brook yesterday.

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by inviktus » Fri Feb 18, 2011 11:47 am

Hi there guys !

let me know about Somethin from international students..

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by hamadahoda007 » Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:06 pm

inviktus wrote:Hi there guys !

let me know about Somethin from international students..
mmm, I am an international student.. Any help?

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by quizivex » Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:20 pm

inviktus wrote:let me know about Somethin from international students..
marcelpopescu might be able to help you out.

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by grae313 » Fri Feb 18, 2011 1:11 pm

satyad18 wrote:Accepted to UW Milwaukee today!! :D
Financial details to follow soon.
Hey, that's awesome! Congrats!

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Post by bfollinprm » Fri Feb 18, 2011 4:29 pm

I need to hear back from somewhere. Tempted to drive to california and sit in some grad school's admissions office and use the persuasion tactic we all perfected when we were 5:

Am I in yet? .... Am I in yet? .... Am I in yet? .... ...

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by t2kburl » Fri Feb 18, 2011 4:45 pm

satyad18 wrote:Accepted to UW Milwaukee today!! :D
Financial details to follow soon.
I received this in response to my question on UWM's financial details:

"Provided you stay in good academic standing you will have a TA or a Research Assistantship (RA) throughout your studies here, and tuition and health benefits will be covered. The typical total stipend is around $20,000 for the academic year"

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by BrianFantana » Fri Feb 18, 2011 4:50 pm

just got accepted to Boulder for condensed matter via email

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by matto07 » Fri Feb 18, 2011 4:51 pm

@BrianFantana: Ditto

It's gonna be hard to turn down this: http://boulder.research.yale.edu/

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by cryingsun » Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:13 pm

Wait-listed @Harvard. The email is titled "fairly good news" :?
They also invite me to the open house, but they didn't say whether it's paid for.

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by kacsa8 » Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:27 pm

got an Arizona physics acceptance...

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Post by giga17 » Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:42 pm

cryingsun wrote:Wait-listed @Harvard. The email is titled "fairly good news" :?
They also invite me to the open house, but they didn't say whether it's paid for.
Waitlists have been sent out? The Harvard dream is definitely gone...

But hopefully you get good news soon!

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by larry burns » Fri Feb 18, 2011 6:11 pm

got into Arizona for applied math, though its near the bottom of my wish-list. Still haven't heard back from my top choices: ucsb, berkeley, ucsd for physics.

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by hamadahoda007 » Fri Feb 18, 2011 7:30 pm

just got into U of Minnesota :)

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by giga17 » Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:23 pm

Got into Boulder! Hopefully more good news come my way :)

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by satyad18 » Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:39 pm

grae313 wrote:
satyad18 wrote:Accepted to UW Milwaukee today!! :D
Financial details to follow soon.
Hey, that's awesome! Congrats!
Thanks grae! :)
Got accepted to Pittsburgh!! yay! :D

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by satyad18 » Fri Feb 18, 2011 11:14 pm

t2kburl wrote:
satyad18 wrote:Accepted to UW Milwaukee today!! :D
Financial details to follow soon.
I received this in response to my question on UWM's financial details:

"Provided you stay in good academic standing you will have a TA or a Research Assistantship (RA) throughout your studies here, and tuition and health benefits will be covered. The typical total stipend is around $20,000 for the academic year"
Well, I just thought about waiting on other schools before I inquire about the financial package. So..its around $20K huh!

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by bck2school » Sat Feb 19, 2011 12:58 am

waitlisted at UW Seattle Astro :|

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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by sphy » Sat Feb 19, 2011 4:21 am

satyad18 wrote:
t2kburl wrote:
satyad18 wrote:Accepted to UW Milwaukee today!! :D
Financial details to follow soon.
I received this in response to my question on UWM's financial details:

"Provided you stay in good academic standing you will have a TA or a Research Assistantship (RA) throughout your studies here, and tuition and health benefits will be covered. The typical total stipend is around $20,000 for the academic year"
Well, I just thought about waiting on other schools before I inquire about the financial package. So..its around $20K huh!
well best of luck again.
so the turn of international students started....

OHOHOHOHOHOHoooooooooooooch.
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Re: 2011 Acceptances and profile discussions

Post by RabiFlops » Sat Feb 19, 2011 6:18 am

giga17 wrote:Got into Boulder! Hopefully more good news come my way :)
Me too.



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