Can someone vouch whether the gradschoolshopper/AIP handbook of grad programs is accurate and useful...
I thought reading through the handbook would tell me everything I need. But so many things about it seem preposterous.
For instance, there are tons of schools I never heard of giving admission statistics that are worse than the top schools...
Rockefeller University accepted 69 out of 698
Univ of Rhode Island 4 out of 25
Vanderbilt 23 out of 152
William and Mary 11 out of 71 (holy crap, even at a school where the answer to everything physical is "god did it," we have a 1 in 7 chance)
U. of Wisconson, Madison 2 out of 70 (maybe this isn't a nowhere school but still, 2 out of 70 damn)
Wayne state 10 out of 60 (Wayne state? who state??)
and the list goes on and on
So are the schools we're all thinking of as safety schools really safe? If we have a high GPA/GRE and apply to a nowhere school are we really guaranteed to get in with such scary odds?
Also, I think there's some serious flaws in the data they list. One nowhere school boasts an average quantitative score of 830... and I know that's not just a typo because they list the total, verbal + quant, added properly as if 830 was correct. WTF?
Finally, Caltech isn't even there and neither is Harvard physics. Some schools are missing important data such as what research is going on and what the outline of their phd program is... grrr..
drken, I'd be terrified to, but maybe just call the department and ask if 4 were admitted or just 4 chose to go there....
i think admitting 4 would be a retarded idea since there's a good chance none of them would end up going there, and they'd have no entering class.