Tuesday, December 13, 2005


I meant to link to www.stfd.net, not .com! This may still be confusing though.

My final list looks like this:

1. Northwestern
3. UC-San Diego
4. Michigan
5. Minnesota
6. Maryland
7. Brown
8. Ohio State
9. Indiana
10. Washington

Maybe Cornell, too. Also applying to IUPUI masters program if I don't get in to any of these. My top choices are Northwestern, UCLA, and Minnesota... I have them by rank here instead.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

My results two years ago were...

1. Northwestern - Didn't Apply

2. UCLA - Rejected

3. UC-San Diego - Admitted w/Fellowship

4. Michigan - Didn't Apply

5. Minnesota - Rejected

6. Maryland - Admitted w/Fellowship

7. Brown - Rejected

8. Ohio State - Admitted w/Fellowship

9. Indiana - Didn't Apply

10. Washington - Rejected

Cornell - Admitted w/Fellowship - Enrolled - Dropped Out.

Good luck!

Chris Silvey

December 15, 2005 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger Andy said...

I have to ask, why didn't you go to San Diego? Wouldn't that have been perfect for you, geographically speaking?

December 15, 2005 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger Adam M Osman said...

Just a stab in the dark but UCSD back then (I know it was only a couple of years ago) and even now a little doesn't have the potency of Cornell. A PhD from Cornell, even if just by name, seems more substantial than UCSD. If you are going to do it, do it right. But with the new rankings out that put UCSD up there and with NRC rankings coming out in two years we might see a very different picture. What sucks is that when I enroll in Fall of 07, a couple of months later NRC releases their rankings which will tell me if I picked right or wrong because you know those rankings are going to be very important over the next 10 years. Well, once again, good luck on all your apps, (But really just get into UCLA and go so you can tell me about it and help me out on my comps)- Back to studying so I can actually get into one of those schools.

December 15, 2005 at 5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The final decision was between Cornell and UCSD. UCSD was ranked higher at the time and had just received a lot of recognition from the Noble Prize Committee. Additionally Laura and I had lived in San Diego for a few years. Two things kept me from accepting the UCSD offer (in retrospect I probably made the wrong decision...but we all know how perfectly decisions can be made while looking back in time). The fellowship at UCSD was only $12,000 while Cornell offered $20,000. Both schools offered tuition waivers and health insurance. The problem with UCSD was the cost of living. San Diego is an expensive place and La Jolla is even more so…in comparison Ithaca, New York is dirt cheap. So the $8,000 difference in fellowship offers was magnified by a wide disparity in real dollars.

Also finding an apartment for a married student near campus at UCSD was proving impossible. I would have had to live at least a half-hour (driving) away from campus in order not to have a roommate and to afford a place to live. When I called the department they were unable to help with the impacted situation. In contrast, Cornell was pleasant to deal with, they had married student housing available and helped with every facet of the cross-country move.

Another consideration was the California fiscal crisis. I couldn’t be sure that a state college in California would follow through with the promised fellowship in the long-run.

Finally, UCSD has THREE qualifying exams, need I say more?

Chris Silvey

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