I have been sending emails to potential advisors for PhD programs, and the responses have varied from, You have an impressive CV, and I strongly encourage you to apply, to lets discuss future projects over skype.
The "lets discuss projects over skype" is a no brainer. But the "impressive CV" response seems a bit generic, and am wondering if he wants me to apply just to have more applications? So finally, I have these questions:
If you are a potential PhD advisor, what kind of responses do you give students that you MOST want to apply to the program? Do you ever say, please don't apply here? Does this vary depending on the ranking of the institution? I tend to get the generic ones from higher ranked programs and the more personal ones from lower ranked programs.
Also, For people who have applied to Phd programs, What kinds of responses did you get and what was the outcome of your application there?
The primary motivation for this question is because there are many departments I wish to apply to, but realize applying to 20 programs would take up too much time.
Anyway, thanks for taking a look at my questions.