hi I've also used a bit of Peterson's search facility for grad schools before I applied, and I thought it provided pretty comprehensive admission stats not found elsewhere on the web. ofcourse I just used things like :
XXX physics grad school data on petersons
In 2006–07, 9 fellowships with tuition reimbursements (averaging $2,500 per year), 53 research assistantships with full tuition reimbursements (averaging $20,000 per year), 43 teaching assistantships with full tuition reimbursements (averaging $15,000 per year) were awarded.; ....
as a rough guide, but come to think about it I'm now interested in how accurate their data is, especially regarding the stipends/assistantships/fellowships.
so what do people say if they compared their offers with the data given on that webpage to see how trustworthy their numbers are?
for example, I'm international and I got an offer from purdue physics and they're ready to offer me 16k TA for 4 years gauranteed with (almost) full tuition reimburstments. a quick search for the relevant page in peterson's does indeed show me that TA at purdue are 14.7k for the 06/07 year, so it is very close to what i actually got offered if you take into account inflation and so on for our year 08/09...
i think knowing how accurate peterson's data is will help us decide whether we got a decent offer from a particular school or not, so let's have a few posts on this.