Mentioning other schools in applications?

terrence
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Mentioning other schools in applications?

Postby terrence » Mon Nov 23, 2009 1:44 pm

I was quite surprised not to find any past threads on this:
many application forms ask for "other schools you
are applying to", is it acceptable to skip this question?
or are we expected to give the actual list?
I was wondering what the effect of this information
could be in the selection process...maybe admissionprof
has some insight on this, I do not have come to
a clear opinion.
Thank you, terrence.

Mataka
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Re: Mentioning other schools in applications?

Postby Mataka » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:10 pm

Good point, I was also a bit confused about that question. I think they want to see if you know the quality of your profile or if you're just clueless. I think they want to see that you applied to schools which are in "your league" ... I may be wrong though ... any other opinion are welcome !

terrence
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Re: Mentioning other schools in applications?

Postby terrence » Tue Nov 24, 2009 6:22 am

You could be right...what I am wondering about
is if they can use this info to make decisions (for
example on very similar applicants), even though
I do not clearly see how. Any ideas?

Mataka
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Re: Mentioning other schools in applications?

Postby Mataka » Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:54 am

With all the information that you give them, this little piece is probably the last thing they could use to rank the applicant ... don't worry about it.

mirage
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Re: Mentioning other schools in applications?

Postby mirage » Tue Nov 24, 2009 1:01 pm

If it's optional on the application, is it in my best interests to fill it out or leave it blank?

terrence
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Re: Mentioning other schools in applications?

Postby terrence » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:00 am

mirage, this is the point. I think it is always optional,
and I don't know if it's better to fill it in or not.
I would like to hear someone who has been on the other
side of the process on this matter...

Alexthephysicsmaster
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Re: Mentioning other schools in applications?

Postby Alexthephysicsmaster » Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:54 pm

Good question -- I applied to 20 schools, but didn't want the schools to know how many I applied to, so I just wrote in ("please contact me to discuss"). No one contacted, and no one mentioned it, I don't think it mattered at all. Would be nice to hear from someone on the other side, though.




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