MPH Fall 2018: Applied, Accepted, Waitlisted, Rejected!

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  1. LG_MPHD

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    I got into Northwestern and UVM months ago, but haven’t heard a peep from my top schools of choice, NYU and UMASS Amherst. They both say that they should make a decision in the next few weeks but it’s hard for me because in the event that I don’t get into either of those schools, I might have missed my chance of going to a school I’ve actually been accepted to.
     
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    I would definitely recommend asking the schools you were accepted into for deposit extensions. You can explain to them that you have circumstances that prevent you from committing (waiting for other programs) and ask if you can have extra time before submitting your despising. It is better to ask sooner than later.
     
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    It looks like we received the same email from her haha. Hopefully we both get in!
     
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    Thanks for this! Finally got a hold of someone in the admissions office by phone (who promptly told me to email them). They said they can potentially connect me with current students. Still no response from Epi after multiple calls and emails—they're probably getting ready for this Friday, though.

    Thanks for sharing your experiences! I've heard so many stories like this about Mailman. It makes me hesitate a bit, especially given how accommodating JHU, Michigan, and Berkeley were during my visits. Definitely trying to suspend judgment until my visit, though—what has been your impression of the students, faculty, staff, program, campus, etc.?
     
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    Ask them for extensions! I asked for extensions from Umich and UNC and I was granted one for both universities. I was also offered one by JHU, but I decided not to do it since I don’t think I’ll be going there. I just said that a personal matter is potentially preventing me from making a decision prior to the April 15th deadline and that I am in need of an extension, but that I am very seriously considering their program. I emailed the program managers to my departments for both universities and actually received some very nice and prompt responses. However, I did only request a one-week extension because that is all I was in need of. So, I don’t know how far you can stretch it, but I’m sure it would be ok to ask for a 2 week extension or maybe even a 3 week one. It’s worth asking, since this is a huge life decision and it’s not your fault that the other schools haven’t gotten back to you yet.
     
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    I've heard differently from students when I went to visit on admitted students day? Are you sure about this? I was under the impression that Yale is pretty generous with financial aid / scholarships (given their smaller program and it being Yale).
     
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    The financial aid director said they "put their best foot forward" so what you see is what you get. No negotiations.
     
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    Ugh, sorry they put it that way. There were several people on last year's thread who negotiated financial aid at Yale-- some successfully and some not. Just wanted to encourage others to ask if they wanted to since it sounds like different people have been told different things.
     
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    Hi! From what I've heard from everyone, ranking really doesn't matter because it's all about school fit. I think you should organize a matrix with a pros and cons list for each school so you can compare what each program has to offer you (including costs). Scholarships can be a pretty significant factor especially if you're taking out loans to pay for your education.

    I can only speak to GW's health policy program since I was torn between them and Yale (ultimately chose Yale but that was for my own personal reasons). GW's main highlight is being in DC. It's the center of policy (maybe environmental health policy?) so if that's something you're interested in, it should be a top consideration.
     
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    Yeah, the standing thing was definitely weird, but obviously not a reflection of the school as a whole lol. I thought the professor's lecture was really easy to follow and it gave me confidence that I would be able to do well in this program as I am not coming from a public health background. I'm most excited about the connections Columbia has to local institutions because I'm from NYC and plan on staying here. I have been stalking LinkedIn profiles of people who work at places I want to work, and almost all of them went to Columbia and had a ton of internship experience. To me, that's the biggest advantage Columbia has because I want to find a job I really love. The campus isn't really a campus in the traditional sense, it's very urban and near the medical center. I prefer this as well, I think it gives it a more professional and independent atmosphere!
     
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    omg congrats!!! That’s awesome :)
    I heard back from Malcolm and he said they’re still processing apps unfortunately, fingers crossed
     
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    I am still trying to decide between Hopkins MPH and Harvard MPH-65 in health policy. I haven't gotten any scholarship from Hopkins, but I was told last week that I was still under consideration for a fair amount and may or may not hear back this week. I got half tuition scholarship from Harvard, but the program is a half year longer than Hopkins'.

    I visited Harvard, but I don't really feel dying to go there. I feel like Harvard's selling point is not the school of public health; it's the Harvard network and being able to cross-register with the business and law schools. If I do get that scholarship from Hopkins, it would be ~15k cheaper to attend Hopkins. I'm not sure if the Harvard network is worth that 15k extra. I am visiting Hopkins this Friday and hope the visit will help me decide one way or the other. If anyone can comment about these schools for health policy or has any other suggestions/advice, please let me know!
     
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    I will probably wait until the deadline. I'm torn between my top three choices (Columbia, UCLA, and Yale), but I'm pretty sure I'm attending UCLA since it's the best choice financially.

    I guess the thought of rejecting Ivies is pretty daunting, and I'm wondering if I'll regret that decision later, and that's why I'm hesitant on finally committing. Also, I didn't have the time or funds to attend any of the admitted student days, so I didn't have the opportunity to really get to know the campus vibe and meet with current students and faculty. I obviously did contact current students, but I'm basically making my final decision based only on online research, which is kind of vexing.
     
  15. havvajava

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    Well the admissions coordinator I recently spoke to advised me to reach out to a student in my program through the GSPH Student Council. Their email is on the website. I have yet to do so but will asap!
     
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  17. NorCalMPH

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    I am!
     
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    Hi all!

    I just found this thread! It occurred to me just now to see what other prospective students who are in the same boat as me are feeling and thinking. I've been accepted to Columbia (population and family health) and the MS in global health program at UCSF. I'm still waiting to hear back from Berkeley's MCH program, but am already debating lifestyle, tuition, and end goals. Thanks to all who've already been posting here!
     
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    This is exactly how I feel. The cost of my degree at my state school is less than one year at Yale, but Yale is Yale and I like how the program is infectious disease specific. But I want to get a PhD after my masters, so hopefully me choosing the financially responsible choice isn't shooting myself in the foot later on.
     
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    Ahh! You got this!!
     
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    Hi everyone! I have a quick question regarding Berkeley's SPH and would love people's opinions. I'll be starting an MPH at Berkeley this coming Fall and just had a conversation with a colleague in which he speculated that Berkeley's School of Public Health is falling in rankings. Is anyone else under this impression too, or do you think he was wrong when he said this? This is my first time at Berkeley and his comment made me have second thoughts about choosing Berkeley over other programs because while I know rankings aren't everything, I also don't want to work my butt off for a degree from a school that isn't respected or ranked in the coming years. Any weigh-ins would be much appreciated!
     
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    I was admitted to the Sociomedical Sciences department in late Jan, and one of the SMS faculty members emailed me a few weeks after to schedule a call so that she could address any questions that I had, which I thought was really nice of her. I didn't end up talking to her over the phone as I had actually scheduled a visit to Columbia (I couldn't make the official visit day), so I told her I'd be coming down and she offered to meet me in person. We ended up talking for over half an hour and I was really impressed not just by her knowledge, but also by her patience and willingness to spend so much time on someone who was just a prospective student.

    That's frustrating that you can't seem to get a hold of the Epi department -- have you tried emailing or calling the Office of Admissions to see if they can connect you directly to someone from Epi? Anyway, have a great visit!

     
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    tl;dr me bad decision maker

    I've visited a few schools and liked all of them, but haven't fallen in love yet. When I visited my undergrad institution, I knew immediately "oh, okay, I'm going here". I guess subconsciously, I've been expecting the same for graduate school, but it could very well not be the case. Hopkins will be my last visit, and I guess I've been banking on its being a home run when I visit this Friday. But looking at it now, there's a genuine chance I only feel okay about the school.

    And because I didn't have a chance to visit UMD or Emory, I'm like...well what if one of those is a perfect fit and I just didn't want to take time off to go see it? But also I don't really have time to visit before Apr. 15th, so I sort of played myself.

    Lastly, I've started to worry about if a public health degree is really what I need; I'm a biology geek at heart and I'm worried about entering a program where the bio is a second thought, or at least not really integrated with the methodology coursework, necessitating self-teaching.

    Boy that was a lot of neuroses to unload on you! I don't think I really have legitimate reasons for not deciding at the moment; it's all internal. I think after Friday's visit I will have a better idea.
     
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    I’ve committed to Yale and am in the same position as you are with looking for apartments! I finally found one and am signing my lease this week. PMC property group was incredibly helpful with finding me an apartment in the location I wanted and within my price range. The leasing manager’s name is Laura! PM me if you have any questions I may be able to answer or if you want their contact information.
     
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    Have you visited the campus and had a chance to speak with faculty and/or current students? While getting input from colleagues' (and I don't know the qualifications or level of expertise of your colleague in question so take this with a grain of salt) is useful it shouldn't be the be-all end-all, in my opinion. I'd suggest looking into whether or how intensely Berkeley SPH's rankings have shifted over the past 3-5 yrs and that should give you a good sense of what to expect. Also, look into the research that has come out of the school as well as faculty recognition (i.e., awards, etc.) as that should also give you a good sense of what to expect.

    I did my undergrad at Berkeley, and I was a public health major, so I can speak a bit to the quality of education and navigating Berkeley/the SPH. Overall, keep in mind that the school has incredible name recognition both nationally and globally and I don't foresee that changing anytime soon. Let me know if you are interested in chatting and I can dm you!

    Good luck! I know this is tough, but I am sure you will make the best decision for yourself!!

    P.S. in case you were wondering, I am going to attend the University of Washington SPH only because their COPHP program (and the problem-based learning curriculum) is the best fit for me, but I was very very very torn between UW and Berkeley epi/bio.
     
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    FINALLY heard from Hopkins and accepted to MPH.
     
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    Hey, guys — reposting my stats here for next year’s applicants since I can’t edit my original post. Vanderbilt has always been my first choice, and I’m happy to report that I’ll be attending with a scholarship.

    When I first started this process, I wasn’t sure if I would be admitted anywhere: I had a less-than-stellar GPA in an unrelated field, I didn’t know if professors would remember me enough to write LORs, and I had to reschedule the GRE last minute after a devastating family tragedy. Long before I ever posted here, this forum helped me stay focused when I considered not applying or delaying by a year. Thank you all for the lively discussion, and best of luck!
     
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    100% still following this thread just to see where all of you lovely people end up :love:
     
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    I thought I was the only one :)
     
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    I feel the exact same!! I'm not choosing between an Ivy league and state school but I am choosing between a higher ranked program vs. a state school. Coming into it I thought I would for sure choose the most financially sound option, but now that it's time to put down the deposit the doubt is seriously creeping in. BUT I really think I'm going to trust my gut feeling (and my mentors advice) and save money now so when I do my PhD, I won't be weighed down by enormous debt.
     
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    Has anyone heard anything remotely from Brown? I emailed them and have gotten no response and even though I'm committed somewhere else it's still frustrating because I spent money and time applying there. I am in the mood to tell them I want my application fee back -_-
     
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    Same here! It's so exciting seeing everyone get into these stellar institutions and pursue their degrees in various concentrations within the public health field! :clap::claps:
     
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    Anyone going to Colorado's admitted student day? :)
     
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    Unfortunately I would be able to. if possible, can you jot some notes down regarding your experience?
     
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    Do it. I've always been happy I chose this program, but the lack of efficiency and transparency from the admissions side of things is unacceptably bad. They need to know.
     
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    I thought I'd share since I applied to the online versions of MPH programs at the schools I was interested in.

    Undergrad School: Private research university in the Midwest
    Undergrad GPA/Major GPA: 3.14
    Major/Minor: Urban Studies/Public Health
    GRE (including date taken): Feb 2013 V:156 Q:52 AW:4
    Experience/Research (please, be brief): CDC PHAP Program for 2 Years stationed at Baltimore City Health Department in STD/HIV Division (1 year working in a clinic, 1 year doing research in partnership with Hopkins), Current Research Coordinator at Hopkins

    Applied: Hopkins (Online/Part-Time) (SOPHAS Verified 3/8, School Received 3/8), Emory Executive MPH (Prevention Science Track) (SOPHAS Verified 3/8, School Received 3/10), [email protected] (School Received 1/19)
    Accepted: Hopkins (4/4) *haven't heard about scholarships yet, Emory (3/13) *no scholarship, GWU (2/3) *$5,000 Scholarship
     
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    I just got accepted to NYU+20K scholarship!

    Now, I get the pleasure of doing the math to see if it's worth it. Thanks everyone for the support and useful tips and general sanity checks!
     
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    I just got an email saying I was wait listed!
     
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    Just got waitlisted at NYU; hopefully, I get a spot!
     
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    Congrats! I just got my wait list email!
     
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    I’ve been there since December :/ and they say sometimes it can take till July/August.
     
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    Just curious, why does it seem that most people applied to Tulane but aren’t really considering it even though it’s a historically successful program? I feel like the heat would be unbearable for me but I’m curious about others’ opinions?
     
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    Really? Have you gotten any updates or anything at all? Do you think it is likely we will get accepted? I couldn't find anything really!
     
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    For me it ended up being 100% location, which is probably something I should have thought about BEFORE applying, but I love the program.
     
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    Hi All,

    First time poster-seriously considering the Harvard MPH65. But I cannot figure out the total cost. It is 1.5X the tuition or do you pay for the full 2 years? For some reason, it looks like Harvard is coming out to be the most expensive option by a long shot (compared to Emory, Columbia, Hopkins, UNC, GW, BU).
     
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    Where did all the time go?! I swear it feels like April 15 should still be like 3 months away or something! :eek:

    So, I have it narrowed down to two programs and here's what I'm still mulling over seemingly every second of the day:

    * I am still waiting for an answer on my financial aid package from one program after requesting a reevaluation.
    * The lab group I'd be in at one of the schools is super quantitatively oriented and I am terrified I don't have the math/programming background to do well. I have really bad impostor syndrome about it already! Along with that, that program is an MSPH (research oriented) and I'm concerned about balancing a very rigorous course load + research (for my funding) + thesis.
    * They are in very different geographic areas. One is a city I really want to live in, one is a college town that I don't particularly want to live in.
    * I am very loan-averse; the school in the city I want to be in would require loans for both partial tuition and some living expenses. The other program would mean I would come out in the black and would actually earn money by going to school due to their generous funding package.
    * I am now completely confused about what I want to do for a job after graduation and the two schools offer pretty different paths. One is a more generalized degree and one is quite niche. I see the pros and cons of having either background.

    Basically, I over-analyzed the choices while waiting for a funding decision and now have myself really confused and no longer have a "gut" feeling, which is what I usually go on. I am hoping to hear back about the financial aid package this week so I can put down a deposit this weekend and stop thinking about it and go get a bottle of champagne to celebrate! :hardy:
     
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    For me it was a combination of their location and lack of funding. Some of my coworkers went there and loved it, and I was really excited about their program, but ultimately I was admitted to better programs at a lower cost.
     
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    You had mentioned in a previous post that you wanted to be in NYC long-term, right? If that's the case, I think it would be worth it to attend Columbia, especially since your husband will be happier there and you'll get a more versatile degree (I'm assuming the other choice is UNC).

    While debt sucks, it's an investment in your future. If this choice takes your future in your preferred direction long-term, then you won't regret making it. :) It really sounds like you know what you want to do, but the money is (understandably) getting in the way. While it's an important factor, it's not the only one that matters!
     
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    Thank you for the advice <3 <3

    Yes, NYC is still the long term goal and yes the other choice is UNC! Columbia is a riskier choice overall (debt + expensive city + husband changing jobs/careers) and I'm definitely starting to feel the weight of the risk. I'm getting more and more cautious (neurotic? frugal? haha!) as I get closer to 30! I'll keep you guys posted as soon as I finally make a decision.
     
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    Nope :/ I’ve called and emailed them through the entire process and they kept giving me the same answer. Just that disorganization kind of turned me off from them.. and i personally preferred Mt Sinai, since the admissions there was way more organized and they offered a health promotion and disease prevention program rather than just simply epi. So I made my decision and committed there.
     
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    Ugh, that is annoying. And thats good that you were accepted there! I was considering of applying there as well but I really am seeking global experience! I still have to hear back from Arizona.
     
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    It’s very annoying! But I do hope things work out for you in this process!
     

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