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On strategies, procedures, and problems related to getting admitted to, or selecting students to be admitted to, a graduate degree program. Please click on “info” before asking a question.

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Having been on the graduate committee of the departments I am/was in for the past six years, and having looked at around 500 applications over that time, I've got something to say about this: The ti …
answered Feb 8 by Wolfgang Bangerth
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No. It's a waste of your money, and a waste of their time. Your application will simply be filtered out. There are cases where schools make exceptions. But they need to know that they should make an …
answered Aug 17 by Wolfgang Bangerth
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Let me be direct here: You are already asking your professors a big favor for writing these letters for you. It is your job to give them all relevant materials up front, and if you fail in this, then …
answered Jan 1 '18 by Wolfgang Bangerth
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There is without a doubt some randomness in the process, but I find your question impossible to answer. In the question, you implicitly assume that the "quality" of an application is a well-defined co …
answered Mar 21 '16 by Wolfgang Bangerth
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I see no particular reason why a graduate committee may not admit someone without an undergraduate degree. But you'd have to have outstanding -- and well documented -- talents for a committee to take …
answered Nov 4 '16 by Wolfgang Bangerth
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This isn't an answer to your question, but the remark that professors might meet over coffee and find out that you emailed a lot of them seemed funny to me. We do meet over coffee and chat. But you ha …
answered Oct 19 '15 by Wolfgang Bangerth
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A skype interview is interactive: people will interrupt you and ask questions. So if the overall interview is supposed to last 60 minutes, then 20 minutes may seem appropriate -- with questions it wil …
answered Oct 19 '16 by Wolfgang Bangerth
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Do apply. If you don't get admitted, nothing needs to happen. If you do get accepted, accept the position if you're in a position to do so. If you can't accept the position, then talk to the graduate …
answered Jan 12 '18 by Wolfgang Bangerth
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You're starting from the wrong end if you're asking whether per se, a graphic is bad. The question you ought to ask yourself is: Given that I'm trying to explain a concept to the reader, what is the b …
answered Dec 5 '18 by Wolfgang Bangerth
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While a topic is narrower than an area (for example, your area may be "solid state physics" and your topic "semiconductor tuning based on dopage"), it's probably true that for most people there is lit …
answered Nov 6 '17 by Wolfgang Bangerth
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I don't have any particularly good suggestions (the world is not always fair) but it is worth remarking that a typical applicant to grad school in the US probably sends out somewhere between 10 and 20 …
answered Mar 4 '15 by Wolfgang Bangerth
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I must be understanding your question wrongly, but the way it is phrased it seems to ask whether academicians see the purpose of an undergraduate education only in terms of a student's ability to get …
answered May 17 '15 by Wolfgang Bangerth
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You may consider that (i) everyone wants to get into these departments, but not everyone can (even among those who have a perfect GPA), (ii) the U of TX, U of CO, U of MI group of universities ain't b …
answered Mar 27 '15 by Wolfgang Bangerth
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All of your fellow students are in the same boat: almost nobody has more than 2 successful research experiences (and many have fewer). You don't have to have a stellar file when applying -- it just ne …
answered Aug 27 '15 by Wolfgang Bangerth
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Faculty are people too: they know that stuff happens, and they know that someone who has fallen once will not necessarily fall twice. What we look for in applications is evidence that they are motivat …
answered Nov 19 '15 by Wolfgang Bangerth

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