wiak2 wrote:Just a quick look through some of the school's stats, and it is obvious they weren't lying about last year having a record number of applicants.
blighter wrote:wiak2 wrote:Just a quick look through some of the school's stats, and it is obvious they weren't lying about last year having a record number of applicants.
I was looking through your profile. Did you get in anywhere?
wiak2 wrote:I think part of it is astronomy departments are much smaller and there are much fewer of them, making the competition tighter. Also, I think some had reservations because of my shift in research areas (from condensed matter to astrophysics). I think I may have overestimated my chances and didn't have any real safety schools. I was waitlisted at four schools (and attended an open house at Minnesota), but ultimately didn't make the cut.
wiak2 wrote:And like I said, I'd recommend appying to many Physics programs as well, as they can often times be larger and less competitive (admitting say 30 students opposed to 5) and yet you can still work with professors in the Astronomy departments.
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