Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby meno » Mon Mar 01, 2010 1:08 pm

peglegjeff wrote:Accepted at Texas! First acceptance... I was starting to get a little worried there...

Those of you who've applied at Texas: Check your application status on the Texas website! They didn't send an email or any sort of notification, so you just have to logon and see.


Thanks! That acceptance just made my day. Are we supposed to email the department now or something?

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby kroner » Mon Mar 01, 2010 1:21 pm

congrats you guys.

still no decision for me. :(

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby peglegjeff » Mon Mar 01, 2010 1:50 pm

meno wrote:Thanks! That acceptance just made my day. Are we supposed to email the department now or something?


I'm assuming they'll send something out later today... if not, I'm planning on emailing tomorrow to get details (and hopefully some financial info). I'll let them know they should offer me some big fellowship to compete with my utter lack of other offers... :roll:

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby matonski » Mon Mar 01, 2010 3:20 pm

peglegjeff wrote:Those of you who've applied at Texas: Check your application status on the Texas website! They didn't send an email or any sort of notification, so you just have to logon and see.

Are you talking about this page? I'm guess the part where it says , "We have received all credentials required to process your application. Your file has been forwarded to the Graduate Committee for review," will change to the decision later on? Or is there a different status page?

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby peglegjeff » Mon Mar 01, 2010 3:45 pm

matonski wrote:Are you talking about this page? I'm guess the part where it says , "We have received all credentials required to process your application. Your file has been forwarded to the Graduate Committee for review," will change to the decision later on? Or is there a different status page?


Yeah, that's the page. Where it said "We have received all credentials..." it now has:
University of Texas wrote:We're pleased to inform you that you've been accepted to The University of Texas at Austin. We recommend that you contact your graduate adviser as soon as possible. It's a pleasure to welcome you as a graduate student.

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby peglegjeff » Mon Mar 01, 2010 5:10 pm

Harvard's mailing out their rejections now.. got the one I was expecting today.

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby geshi » Mon Mar 01, 2010 5:56 pm

Just got accepted to Arizona today via email :)

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby rahuldatta » Tue Mar 02, 2010 3:20 pm

Hello guys,
I am a bit confused about how the whole process of accepting and declining admission offers works out. I have a couple of admits from UMich Ann Arbor Physics and PennState A&A and a couple of waitlists. If everybody has till April 15 to accept/decline offers, it might well happen that someone from the waitlist gets an admit after April 15 (which could be his/her dream school); but that person might already have accepted another offer. What does he/she do now?

And one more query to international students....
Can you ask the univs for an I-20 only after you accept their offer? Can you have I-20s from multiple universities?

Thanks in advance for your help

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby Helio » Tue Mar 02, 2010 3:33 pm

rahuldatta wrote:Hello guys,
I am a bit confused about how the whole process of accepting and declining admission offers works out. I have a couple of admits from UMich Ann Arbor Physics and PennState A&A and a couple of waitlists. If everybody has till April 15 to accept/decline offers, it might well happen that someone from the waitlist gets an admit after April 15 (which could be his/her dream school); but that person might already have accepted another offer. What does he/she do now?


I would first of all email the waitlist schools and ask for the chances of getting in off waitlist. If you are at the bottom or even middle of the list your chances are pretty slim to none. They should tell you until April 14th/15th, so you should know before making a decision. If they dont, I would see that as a sign of bad organization and just plain stupid (I am looking at you Ohio State). The ones you have so far are pretty good, I wouldnt really worry too much.

rahuldatta wrote:And one more query to international students....
Can you ask the univs for an I-20 only after you accept their offer? Can you have I-20s from multiple universities?

Thanks in advance for your help


You do ask for an I-20, they give it to you (it is an automatic thing for people getting an F-1 for the first time and for people who already have an I-20 it is a bit more complicated) and your I-20 is tied to your school... so you can only get one.

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby rahuldatta » Tue Mar 02, 2010 3:37 pm

Thanks helio....so one might have to wait all the way till April 14/15 before one can make a decision

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby matonski » Tue Mar 02, 2010 3:39 pm

Yeah, for example, Maryland's open house is April 10!

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby matonski » Tue Mar 02, 2010 3:50 pm

Rejected from MIT

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby Ryalnos » Tue Mar 02, 2010 3:59 pm

Impressive! 7 rejections posted to thegradcafe.com within 10 minutes of when I received mine.

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby matonski » Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:02 pm

I'm proud to be the first on there!

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby peglegjeff » Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:06 pm

And I'm rejected at MIT... not too surprised, but disappointed none the less.

For those of you accepted at Texas: I talked to Matt (Grad coordinator) today. He said financial offers will likely be sent out next week.

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby notnaps » Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:50 pm

Rejected from MIT.. Looks like I will not be heading anywhere east of where I am right now..

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby grae313 » Tue Mar 02, 2010 5:15 pm

rahuldatta, it may happen that you get an acceptance after April 15th. If you are accepted to a place you really want to attend but have already agreed to attend another institution, I've seen students advised in the past to politely inform the school whose offer you accepted of the situation. They probably don't want a graduate student that isn't really excited to be there, and will most likely be understanding of the situation.

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby admissionprof » Tue Mar 02, 2010 10:50 pm

grae313 wrote:rahuldatta, it may happen that you get an acceptance after April 15th. If you are accepted to a place you really want to attend but have already agreed to attend another institution, I've seen students advised in the past to politely inform the school whose offer you accepted of the situation. They probably don't want a graduate student that isn't really excited to be there, and will most likely be understanding of the situation.


Grae is (as usual) correct. We once had a student who had accepted, and then got an offer from her dream school on April 20th. She asked us for a release (see the details of the "council-of-graduate-schools-resolution"), and we granted it. Nobody wants a student who doesn't want to attend. It was annoying, since we'd turned down a couple of people on the waitlist once she'd accepted. In the past 20 years, this has happened once.

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby matonski » Wed Mar 03, 2010 3:34 am

Nope from UCLA. I was checking my web status obsessively and it got updated at 11 at night.

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby campsoup » Thu Mar 04, 2010 12:59 am

i got in to uchicago today by snail mail.

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby delton » Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:51 am

Rejected from Brown via Email / Embark.

=( x_X
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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby delton » Thu Mar 04, 2010 3:39 pm

Accepted at Stony Brook via Email!

"According to an agreement between the US graduate schools, you have until April 15, 2010, to accept or decline our offer. If you accept, you will be one of the approximately 25 students, selected from more than 400 applicants, to start their Ph.D. studies in our Department in the Fall of 2010."

Very excited!!! What a roller coaster of a day!

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby blackcat007 » Thu Mar 04, 2010 6:12 pm

Finally I got an offer from TAMU. I am sooooooo relieved!!!

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby kroner » Fri Mar 05, 2010 12:34 am

congrats :D

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby blackcat007 » Fri Mar 05, 2010 6:43 am

kroner wrote:congrats :D

Thanks :D

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby ads » Fri Mar 05, 2010 9:34 pm

Hello everybody. Have been reading to keep up to date with all the action here over the past couple of weeks, and just couldn't resist joining you all here. Am applying this year but no joy yet! Though I've been very ambitious with my choices of schools (just posted my profile up).

Congrats to all who have places :). Solidarity with those who do not yet :(.

Any news on UPenn from anybody? Any internationals?

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby fc_pga » Sat Mar 06, 2010 4:06 am

Finally got my first acceptance today - UCSB. Yay.

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby moyses » Sat Mar 06, 2010 5:17 pm

I still don't understand very well the financial support in US universities. What you call stipend is the total amount of money that you get?? Or it is possible to make more money as a first year graduate student??
For example, I got accepted at NYU and they told me that the stipend is around 23k. This means that I will only receive 23k or I can find other ways to make more money? (like research assistantships ...)

Another question is: It is possible to live in NY with 23k/year?

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby blackcat007 » Sat Mar 06, 2010 5:35 pm

moyses wrote:I still don't understand very well the financial support in US universities. What you call stipend is the total amount of money that you get?? Or it is possible to make more money as a first year graduate student??
For example, I got accepted at NYU and they told me that the stipend is around 23k. This means that I will only receive 23k or I can find other ways to make more money? (like research assistantships ...)

Another question is: It is possible to live in NY with 23k/year?

what this 23k is tax free?? :? I thought there would be taxes on them.. thus effectively we will be getting something less than the amount stated..

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby mobytish » Sat Mar 06, 2010 6:15 pm

My understanding is that you do pay some taxes on them, but not as much is if it was a salary. I could be wrong, but that's my impression.

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby YellowXDart » Sat Mar 06, 2010 7:25 pm

fc_pga wrote:Finally got my first acceptance today - UCSB. Yay.


Congrats!

blackcat007 wrote:what this 23k is tax free?? :? I thought there would be taxes on them.. thus effectively we will be getting something less than the amount stated..


Any money you make in the U.S. will be taxed, including your stipend. I'm making around $2000 a month right now and end up paying about $400 per month for taxes. The amount varies from person to person based on the amount of exemptions you claim.

moyses wrote:I still don't understand very well the financial support in US universities. What you call stipend is the total amount of money that you get?? Or it is possible to make more money as a first year graduate student??
For example, I got accepted at NYU and they told me that the stipend is around 23k. This means that I will only receive 23k or I can find other ways to make more money? (like research assistantships ...)

Another question is: It is possible to live in NY with 23k/year?


The stipend is the total amount you get in addition to the tuition waiver. It is possible to make more money through fellowships, but the stipend already includes a RA or TA. Typically, you'll do a TA for your first year or two, and then move onto an RA which often pay more but not significantly so. As far as surviving in NYC on 23k a year, it will definitely be tight, but there are plenty who do it. My mom raised two kids on about $12,000 a year (although it wasn't in NYC). I just hope you don't have a taste for designer clothes and cavier.

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby zxcv » Sat Mar 06, 2010 7:45 pm

YellowXDart's tax estimate is off but he's right that there is no such thing as tax free income in the US -- he must be getting huge refunds when he files taxes each year. The real federal tax rate for somebody making around $2000/month is closer to $100/month.

Heads up for those who applied Berkeley -- all the grad admission decisions have been made. If you haven't heard back yet, contact Donna for your status.

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby grae313 » Sun Mar 07, 2010 2:32 am

Also the stipend is usually for the academic year--9 months of TA/RA. You get more if you secure a summer appointment.

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby YellowXDart » Sun Mar 07, 2010 2:11 pm

Actually, I only got an $800 refund for last year, so that brings down my taxes to around $340 per month. Your financial offer should indicate whether it's for 9 months or 12 months.

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby theoretical_phys » Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:00 am

Received an email from Oxford this morning, they want me to interview with them. I'm guessing they will not have funding!

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby jmason86 » Mon Mar 08, 2010 3:40 pm

Just got into UNM Physics/astro via email. W00T!

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby tincanman » Mon Mar 08, 2010 9:58 pm

zxcv wrote:Heads up for those who applied Berkeley -- all the grad admission decisions have been made. If you haven't heard back yet, contact Donna for your status.


Really? I emailed last night and still haven't heard back from Donna, but it seems from gradcafe that others were rejected by email today. In any case I wish they'd hurry up and send the bad news...

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby jmason86 » Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:41 pm

Ditto.

tincanman wrote:
zxcv wrote:Heads up for those who applied Berkeley -- all the grad admission decisions have been made. If you haven't heard back yet, contact Donna for your status.


Really? I emailed last night and still haven't heard back from Donna, but it seems from gradcafe that others were rejected by email today. In any case I wish they'd hurry up and send the bad news...

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby blackcat007 » Tue Mar 09, 2010 3:57 pm

Accepted to University of Florida!! :D

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby lapen » Tue Mar 09, 2010 6:33 pm

blackcat007 wrote:Accepted to University of Florida!! :D

Congrats!

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby matonski » Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:22 pm

Still waiting for Caltech, Santa Barbara, UT Austin, and Columbia. My hopes aren't high though since each of those schools have sent out a good deal of acceptances already and zero rejections according to gradcafe.

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby blackcat007 » Wed Mar 10, 2010 3:01 am

lapen wrote:
blackcat007 wrote:Accepted to University of Florida!! :D

Congrats!

Thanks :D

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby moyses » Wed Mar 10, 2010 4:52 pm

Does anyone who got accepted to NYU already received the official offer letter? I still haven't received mine and I'm a little worried. Maybe it is OK since I'm an international student and received the informal e-mail friday (5).

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby terrence » Thu Mar 11, 2010 5:43 am

moyses wrote:Does anyone who got accepted to NYU already received the official offer letter? I still haven't received mine and I'm a little worried. Maybe it is OK since I'm an international student and received the informal e-mail friday (5).


I got the unofficial acceptance mid-february and received the official offer letter last week, so I wouldn't be worried.

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby terrence » Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:19 am

Is there anyone who received a rejection from Berkeley without inquiring via email or phone?

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby rp » Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:38 am

zxcv wrote:Heads up for those who applied Berkeley -- all the grad admission decisions have been made. If you haven't heard back yet, contact Donna for your status.


i contacted her and received no response. i think a large fraction of the applicants do read this forum, so i guess she's flooded with inquiries.

terrence wrote:Is there anyone who received a rejection from Berkeley without inquiring via email or phone?


there's a lot of berkeley acceptances on grad cafe, so I think there's not much chance by now. i wonder why they take so much time to send the rejection after they decide on it, ideas anyone?

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby matonski » Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:59 am

terrence wrote:Is there anyone who received a rejection from Berkeley without inquiring via email or phone?

I did. They sent me an email just a couple days ago.

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby username1 » Thu Mar 11, 2010 1:39 pm

Dunno if this is interesting to anyone but I just received an email from boulder saying they have not made a decision on my application yet and that the first round of acceptances and rejections have gone out. The email was unsolicited. and to keep the rumors going, I was told by a boulder student that they have two open houses, anyone want to confirm/deny this?

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby mike164 » Thu Mar 11, 2010 2:04 pm

username1 wrote:Dunno if this is interesting to anyone but I just received an email from boulder saying they have not made a decision on my application yet and that the first round of acceptances and rejections have gone out. The email was unsolicited. and to keep the rumors going, I was told by a boulder student that they have two open houses, anyone want to confirm/deny this?


I too received a similar e-mail.

My friend called UMD today. The secretary said that she is making offers right now and she is expecting to complete it by today. Next week they are closed for spring break. It seems they are also planning to send out rejections before spring break.

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Re: Physics updates/acceptances (2010)

Postby terrence » Fri Mar 12, 2010 8:24 am

matonski wrote:Still waiting for Caltech, Santa Barbara, UT Austin, and Columbia. My hopes aren't high though since each of those schools have sent out a good deal of acceptances already and zero rejections according to gradcafe.


I am waiting for Caltech and UCSB too, I hope they will send their final decisions soon.
matonski wrote:
terrence wrote:Is there anyone who received a rejection from Berkeley without inquiring via email or phone?

I did. They sent me an email just a couple days ago.


Thank you, I also got the rejection email yesterday.




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