I have just read this comment and I thought of posting it here in this blog. This not something new this year. I will just add some more of my comments later today.
I wanna share my sad story here, too. I have a decent profile (I still have the guts to say so!!) and I had applied at 11 universities in the USA to take an MS in electrical engineering program.
I have received rejects from 10 of them and I feel so devastated. I have a GRE Exam Score= 1430
GPA = 64 %
TOEFFL = 108
1 international publication, too
Got recos from IITD prof, and HOD of my college and 1 industrial.
Maybe I went wrong with my SOP but still, having 10 rejects tell of a different story. I can’t figure out what to do now.
I have applied at MIT, Stanford, UIUC, UMich, Purdue, Princeton, Georgia Tech, UW, Ohio, and UCSD.
Selecting U.S. Universities
- Rule Number 1 – No matter how good your profile may be, you need to apply at a few schools where the minimum requirements are at least 40% to 50% less of what you have. While applying for 11 schools, 3 to 4 of those schools should have been in tier 3 at the very least.
- Rule Number 2 – Having a good profile alone will not get you an admission. U.S. schools select students based on all students applicants. During recession time, there will be an increase in the number of applications received by schools.
Based on your profile alone, you should have gotten an admit at Georgia Tech. But as I’ve mentioned earlier, always expect a couple of students to get rejection because of the number of applications they received this year.
In other words, if your profile is better than your fellow applicants, you should get an admit. But if theirs are better, expect the likelihood of rejection.
Nonetheless, you still got time. Just wait to see what the other schools will say. Apply for 2-3 more schools that have rolling admissions or deadlines that are in the June time frame.
Those schools could not be up to your expectations. After you have come to the US, just apply again for Spring semester in a better school. This will save you 1 semester of studies.
If that’s not something you are willing to do, just apply for Spring 2010. If you get an admit in one school you haven’t heard from yet, you should be good to go.
I know it’s tough to get rejections from 10 schools despite having a good profile, but just take this as an another challenge that you have to overcome in life.
The truth is, these seemingly sad experiences will actually make you better prepared to face bigger, more difficult challenges that await you. Good Luck!