Posted by TAB on June 15, 2003 at 11:52:42:
In Reply to: The Harvard GSD program posted by Dennis Michaud on June 05, 2003 at 06:25:34:
I went to Harvard and graduated w/ a MArch. in 1997. I was very satisfied w/ the quality of the education that I recieved. However I would reccomend that you not put all your eggs in one basket. There are many fine programs out there which are on par w/ the GSD. I would apply to at least two other programs. Programs worth looking into are:
UT at Austin
The schools listed are in no particular order. They all compete for the same students. For instance I got into Harvard but not Berkeley. Many of my classmates got into Harvard and columbia but not MIT or Yale. Anyway you get the picture.
As for increasing your chances the most important thing is your portfolio. It is hands down the most important factor. After that your letters of reccommendation are what count most. If possible get letters from people who the folks on the admission committee might have heard of, or who went to Harvard. Your academic transcripts and GRE score need not be stellar (just above average). As for the applied/accepted statistics the were between 1 in 8 and 1 in 12 (depending on program)back when I was applying. Good Luck.
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