Questions relating to academic admission. Admission is the process of entering or being allowed to enter into studies at an academic organization.

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PHD topic in Differntial equation or discrete mathematics or numerical analysis [closed]

I did my masters in applied mathematics with computing from a reputed university in India. Now I am planning to do my PHD in Australia, New Zealand, or Canada. I have decent GRE and IELTS scores. Now ...
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Do schools/departments ever evaluate their own admissions process?

I'm curious as to whether or not any departments ever attempt to evaluate their own admissions decisions. It seems quite plausible to do for any college or graduate program, but I've never heard of it ...
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Applied to two MS programs, but one wants a decision before the other has made a decision

I applied to two graduate schools (both for an MS). "University A" gave me an admissions decision already. Upon reading their admissions letter, I have to make a decision within one week (it's ...
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Prestigious institutions with open admissions policies

Has any college in the US managed to unite being prestigious and being open access, at undergrad or grad level. I mean open enrolment in the European sense, where they have kind of minimal ...
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Retroactively turning down an accepted offer to a professional program from one school in favour of an offer from another school?

If I accept an offer to a professional program from one school (e.g., law, medicine, pharmacy, etc.) and then later get an offer to a better program from a different school, can I retroactively turn ...
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Is there anything I can do if a professor agreed to supervise me but I was rejected by the admission committee?

Some time ago I contacted a professor at another university and, after some discussions, he agreed to supervise me and told me to make a formal application to the department. Unfortunately, the ...
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Lodging an objection to a decision to reject my Master application

I'm currently writing an objection to a decision to reject my Master application. The decision is made by Admission office, not by Admission Board or Committee. All members of the Admission office ...
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What should I do if an admissions office asks me for a bachelor's thesis, when my program didn't require it?

I recently applied to a university for a PhD program.They asked me to submit all of my documents.When I submitted my documents they asked for my Bachelors thesis. There is no Bachelors thesis or ...
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What is a correct way of evaluating the effectiveness of criteria for admissions?

Most colleges and universities in the US base their admissions on high school grades plus a standardized test (SAT or ACT). To decide whether a particular piece of data X is a good admissions ...
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What are some of the issues one should keep in mind while choosing between a fully funded offer and another with no funding?

I have been offered a place for a masters program in 2 places. One which is fully funded and another one where there is no aid that has been offered at the time of admission. I guess if the ...
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Dissertation proposal before admission: Is it possible?

It seems that most universities in Europe require an outline of the planned dissertation at the application stage. I think even choosing the title of a dissertation needs a lot of dialogue between the ...
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PhD without previous academic degree: truth or myth?

Is it possible at all to do a PhD without a Master or a Bachelor's degree? Every now and then I meet someone who claims he knows someone who knows someone who was able to do a PhD without previous ...
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Why would a school prevent reapplying after declining an offer of admission?

I am currently applying for a mid-range private school that teaches the career I want primarily (software engineering) and a prestigious public school for computer science (it doesn't have software ...
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A quick question about deadline extensions

I'm applying for several summer schools, workshops, and travel funds. I've also applied for a few fellowships. Almost all of these have extended their deadlines for application submission and/or ...
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“Minorities” in the US

I have a question about college education, or more specifically, admittance into college education in the US. Since as far as I remember, I've always heard that colleges or universities in the US ...
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contacting advisor before admission can be helpful? [duplicate]

I am an Mphil student from India. My field of interest is complex analysis. I plan to go abroad for my PhD. I know the process of GRE exams and all. But I want to ask, is talking to any professor, ...
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Why should I waste my money by sending my scores to a lot of universities officially?

Why do American universities want official GRE/TOEFL scores before admission. It seems to be a waste of time and money for prospective applicants. They can easily use the scores claimed by students in ...
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What do I do if a university does not inform me of my masters application status?

I have applied to a Canadian university to study a Masters degree starting Fall 2013, and they didn't accept or reject me, the online application clearly states that I will get notified by an email of ...
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About multiple applications for graduate programs to the same school

Suppose I applied to a Master's Degree Program when I was at my last year in undergraduate. I got accepted but I couldn't enroll at this school because I failed to finish the undergraduate on time, ...
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Can not having any research papers be a reason for rejection for an MS program?

I am applying to an MS program in CS. I have not published any technical papers, mainly because I had little opportunity to do research and I did not want to write a paper just for the sake of it. ...
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How much more does a recommendation letter from alumni help in PhD admissions?

Imagine a case where I wish to apply for MIT. I happened to work with a young assistant professor who finished her PhD in MIT. How much will her good words weigh in recommending me to MIT PhD program? ...
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GRE subject test- Biology or Cell/Biochemistry?

I am majoring in computer engineering and having a minor in computational biology. I'm planning to apply for a PhD in computational biology too, though I didn't take an impressive amount of ...
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talk with professors about prospective graduate study

Following some tips about graduate study, I have contacted the professors before the admission cycle, and managed to secure some appointments with them. I have read through their publications that ...
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How to ask an university for application selection result before accepting an offer from another university?

I have an offer from one university and still awaiting results from others. How to approach other universities and ask them about my application status so that I receive my selection / rejection ...
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Is GRE really required to get into a good university for MS in CS [duplicate]

I am a software engineer with 2 years of experience. I am very passionate about software and technology. I code the whole day, creating applications that my friends and I can use. Now I have left my ...
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GRE score submission

I wish to apply for M.Sc studies in Computer Science to 3-4 universities. Only one of them requires the applicants to take a GRE (general test), and my question is as follows: is it a good idea to ...
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Research statement ideas got used by interviewing committee

Last year, I applied to a university which is in Europe so a research statement is a crucial part of the application. I was interviewed by two faculty members and then finally got a rejection letter. ...
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What is a good length for the statement of purpose in a U.S. PhD application?

Certain schools give you specific details about their statement of purpose. For example a maximum of a certain number of words, double spaced, two pages maximum, etc. If a school does not provide any ...
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PhD application asking what other insitution I am applying to, how to answer?

I understand that schools are trying to gauge the chances of an offer being accepted by a potential candidate. Similarly to what has been described for job applications and other questions that a ...
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How to prepare for a (PhD or PostDoc) admission procedure?

"Luck favors the prepared mind" ( Louis Pasteur ) During the MS degree program or PhD program, it's advisable for a good student to get used to take a look on scientific activities of ...
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Which factors in PostDoc opportunities choice?

Many of you probably have already lived these career turning point: your PhD program is going to end, and you have to choose an university research group to apply for a postdoc position. Which ...