Graduate school responses

Today, I got back the result for my final PhD application. The process has been a long one.

School Application due date Result
University of British Columbia 01-Jan-2012 Accepted – 27 FEB 2012
University of Toronto 16-Jan-2012 Accepted – 6 MAR 2012
McGill 15-Jan-2012 Wait list – 16 MAR 2012 – Rejected – 19 APR 2012
Harvard (GSAS) 15-Dec-2011 Rejected – 23 FEB 2012
Yale 15-Dec-2011 Rejected – 23 FEB 2012
Columbia 1-Dec-2011 Rejected – 1 MAR 2012
University of California, Santa Barbara 1-Jan-2012 Accepted – 2 FEB 2012
Duke 08-Dec-2011 Rejected – 6 FEB 2012
University of Michigan 15-Dec-2011 Rejected – 23 MAR 2012

Tally: 3-6, in a competitive field

Just for fun, I used the acceptance and rejection letters I received to make some word clouds:



If you need to tell what the message of a letter is at a glance, knowing these frequencies may be helpful. Also worth noting: the average acceptance letter contained 491 words, the average rejection letter only 116.

The shortest was a terse 90 words – the longest, an eloquent 818.

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

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