grae313 wrote:You have to have already been awarded outside funding and have that funding guaranteed, in which case it probably will help. However, if you just indicate that you will try to get funding or may get funding, the University will have to consider the worst case scenario in which they will be funding you, so it won't really help.
www.com wrote:Outside (full) funding is guaranteed if I'm admitted to top 10. I think, MIT is not so benevolent especially for international students in comparison to other universities at top 10. As it is said "A number of students come to MIT with external fellowships. The Department of Physics encourages prospective students to explore all sources of aid available outside MIT...International students may be eligible for fellowships through their home countries. ''. So I'm planning to apply to MIT with outside funding. I know it is a waste of time to evaluate my chances without knowing my physics profile. At least I can say I've not major in physics, but I think I've pretty chances. In your opinion,should I apply to other univs like UCB,Caltech and Univ of Chicago with outside finding to increase my chances?
I think most people would agree that especially without a major in physics, your acceptance to MIT physics department should not be taken for granted. So, applying to other universities, perhaps even outside top 10, might be wise. I trust you know it is harder for international students to get accepted than domestic ones, and even the best of the US students with the correct major usually include some safe schools outside the top 10.
So, based on the information you have provided,...
I would definitely include more choices than just MIT. MIT and the rest of the universities you named can hardly be considered safe bet for anyone and you really should consider one or more safe schools, in case you are not accepted to top 10.
shouravv wrote:As for funding: if you do have total financial support from outside, a school may be a little more inclined to accept you. But they will never accept a student simply because he has funding, if he is not otherwise among the best. If it comes down to two equally qualified students, then may be your having funding will give you a little extra bump; but a more qualified student won't be rejected in your favor unless some department is really running out of money which would make it a non-ideal place to be in anyway. Actually, at top schools, there is quiet often excess funding for grad students. In my department, the total numbers of RA and TA spots available is always significantly greater than the number of grad students, and often some RA's have to volunteer in turns to make sure that all the large undergrad classes get a TA.
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