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Master in Bioengineering at EPFL vs Biomedical Eng. at Imperial College

I summarize this dilema below: I have been accepted at EPFL (Switzerland) for the master in bioengineering with an EPFL Excellence Fellowship and also at the MsS in Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London. Both Universities are very well ranked in these areas, as you can see in this bioengineering rank. In most rankings, Imperial College is a few places above EPFL and London is a great city but I would have a really good scholarship if I go to EPFL (18000$ per year) and the tuition is much lower (about 1000$ vs 13000$ at Imperial). [more inside]
posted by tsuwal on Jun 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Independent/boarding school admissions resources?

Looking for informational brochures/posters/websites/handouts aimed at students/parents about the school selection and application process for private boarding high schools in the United States or Canada; not for specific schools, but for the process in general. Links or descriptions are appreciated. [more inside]
posted by msittig on Jan 29, 2014 - 1 answer

What to do after applying for grad school?

I just applied to grad school (for a professional program). Should I be doing anything now that I've submitted all my applications? I'm visiting a few of them, but I'm wondering if I should be following-up somehow (like after an interview) or just wait for a decision? [more inside]
posted by The Pantless Wonder on Jan 22, 2014 - 6 answers

Help me help my son get into college

My son is currently applying to a service academy for college. This is all he has ever wanted since he was a small child. He has worked his tail off so far and is now frozen on the essays. I have no idea how to help him. [more inside]
posted by davenportmom on Oct 13, 2013 - 28 answers

Left a good job in the city

I am in the middle of a long, demanding professional school admissions process. Essays are required. But I am so demoralized about my life situation that I am finding it very hard to have the proper upbeat tone. Experienced writers and editors--hell, experienced salesmen--what are some exercises I can do to get into the proper headspace? The more concrete, the better, like "start every writing session with ten bullet points about your accomplishments," or similar. [more inside]
posted by skbw on Jul 14, 2013 - 13 answers

Surprise graduate school opportunity

I just got a surprise grad school offer but I need to decide quickly. [more inside]
posted by raeka on Jun 16, 2013 - 20 answers

Should I be donating to Yale to increase child's odds of getting in?

I graduated from Yale College two decades ago and have only been making occasional donations to the alumni fund since then, in years when I could afford it. Now I have a toddler. [more inside]
posted by Go, now. Go! on Apr 8, 2013 - 24 answers

Economics Grad school?

What are my chances of getting into a decent economics grad program with a math degree with a "meh" GPA (3.2ish), a law degree with a pretty good GPA (3.7+), and a high GRE quantitative score (790)? Also, how much does the prestige (rank) of grad program matter in the economics field? [more inside]
posted by Geppp on Mar 7, 2013 - 11 answers

Applying for nursing school and just a bit lost

I may be able to apply for nursing school as early as this fall. Yay! Can you help me come up with some resources to help guide me through the application process and assess the merits of different programs? [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated on Jan 29, 2013 - 7 answers

Transfer from a private school at the beginning of next school year

Dear Interlocutors from Ask MetaFilter, Please help me understand if the sequence of the steps I figure out to transfer my son Edoardo from a private school in New York State to the New York City public school system is correct. Unfortunately the staff of the High School Enrollment Office is very laconic. 1) I have Edoardo's current school complete the "Out of City Request Form" 2) I fax the HS Enrollment Office 2 documents as a proof we are residents in New York City 3) I enter my high school choices in priority order on my "Round 2 and New Schools Choice Form". My question is: where may I find this form? 4) I return the completed and signed "Round 2 and New Schools Choice Form" to my guidance counselor. Here my question is: who is my guidance counselor? Best, teebay [more inside]
posted by teebay on Jan 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Alternative sources for grad school letters of recommendation?

I am concerned about the quantity, quality, and available sources of recommendation letters to work/industrial/occupational psychology Masters programs in The USA and Europe. (I'm North American) I want to make sure I get the most effective letters possible with my limited access to academic recommendation sources. Are there any alternatives or options that I am not or should be considering? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Jan 9, 2013 - 5 answers

Did I doom my graduate school application by mentioning my illness?

I need reassurance about incoming graduate application admissions decisions, whether positive or negative. I had a period of academic and job under-performance due to struggles with mental illness and on advice from friends mentioned this in my personal statements. I am now reading on numerous websites I should not have mentioned mental illness at all. Did I doom my application? [more inside]
posted by Hey nonny nonny mouse on Dec 26, 2012 - 6 answers

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood... and I took the one where I went crazy for a month to raise my score 40 points... and that uh... has made all the difference?

GRE-Filter: I was happy with my GRE scores. Then, I received word that I have the opportunity to get into a super-duper-top-tier doctoral program previously inaccessible. However, my Quantitative Score--while still in the range of accepted scores over the years for this program--is now less-than-stellar relatively speaking. Is it crazy to think I could study intensely for about a month and improve my score 30-50 points? Am I overthinking this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Mature student looking for admissions advice

How do I find a consultant or service to provide admission/application advice to an adult returning to university? I am in Ontario, Canada. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2012 - 6 answers

Conditional Admissions to grad programs--how common are they in the wild?

Grad programs--I've just heard (for the first time) that conditional admissions are A Thing. Would I have a snowball's chance with a good GRE score alone or will I have to take pre-req undergrad classes first? [more inside]
posted by wires on Sep 23, 2012 - 16 answers

getting the real deal about colleges

As an international student (equivalent 'rising senior') in high school, how can I discern what a college or university is really like, past all the glossy paper? More questions, and details, within. [more inside]
posted by undue influence on Aug 20, 2012 - 14 answers

Can I etchasketch my education history?

What happens if I apply to a 4 year university without disclosing my short stints at community colleges? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 18, 2012 - 12 answers

How Do You Get The Most Value Out of a College Admissions Tour?

I'm attending a college tour / interview day with my son next week, He has already been accepted to this college, and offered a significant scholarship. He could be offered an even bigger scholarship, up to a full ride after his conversations with faculty that day. He'll get the tour, meet with faculty in his area of interest (history), attend a class, and have dinner there too. It's a very small (DIV III) liberal arts school. For those of you that have been through this, what do wish you knew in advance? I went to a large public school and never set foot on campus until I showed up for Freshman year, so I'm a little lacking on experience I can share with him on how he can get the most out of his half day on campus. If it matters, he only applied because they recruited him and made it easy and free to do so. This is not a school either of us had even heard of prior to then. That said, the school seems to be well regarded, in a nice location, and generally seems to be a perfectly fine place to get a BA in History.
posted by COD on Nov 23, 2011 - 33 answers

Grad schools for decision-making

I need to find grad schools to apply to, especially ones that aren't top-tier. Field: Decision-making. [more inside]
posted by LSK on Nov 3, 2011 - 6 answers

Recommend Programs in Art Education, especially Community Arts?

I am helping my friend apply to grad school for an MA in Art Education, with a focus on Community Arts. Do you have any advice for us? [more inside]
posted by Tufa on Jul 25, 2011 - 1 answer

How can I convince grad schools I'm not a 2.6 student?

I'd like to go to grad school. I have my eye on one or two programs, but there's a catch: My Undergrad performance is, uh, spotty and I need to become more competitive. What's the best way to do this? More inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Feb 6, 2011 - 10 answers

Will my friend ever get admitted into law school?

Will my friend ever get admitted into law school? [more inside]
posted by Lobster Garden on Jan 26, 2011 - 51 answers

Teach Me How To Juggle Admissions Letters!

Is backing out of a degree program after you’ve committed and sent the deposit in a common practice, or am I screwing someone else out of the chance for an education? [more inside]
posted by Rewind on Jan 24, 2011 - 9 answers

Can I let myself be happy now or should I guard my heart?

Four days ago, my partner got an email from her #1 grad school choice that sounded good. How excited should we be? I know there are many variables at work here that neither you nor we can know at this time, but I want to know if I can be excited and happy or if I should try to calm myself down. I know many people here are phD's from the hard sciences as well and I am hoping you can provide some perspective. Here are the details: [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 22, 2011 - 27 answers

Do they care that I made sandwiches for a year?

Questions about what to put on the resume that I will be uploading as part of my grad school application to an MLIS program. [more inside]
posted by wansac on Dec 28, 2010 - 4 answers

Tell Me About the Smoke-Filled Committee Room, Please

Have you ever sat on an admissions committee for a PhD program? What's it like? [more inside]
posted by awenner on Dec 9, 2010 - 18 answers

Will one F on my transcript murder my chances at getting into a top MPA program?

Will one F on my transcript murder my chances at getting into a top MPA program? [more inside]
posted by jordanian2 on Dec 4, 2010 - 4 answers

Is a month enough time to get a grad school application together?

An opportunity came up and I have less than one month to get a grad school application, including only half a month to prepare for and take the GRE. Is this crazy? [more inside]
posted by delladlux on Oct 25, 2010 - 15 answers

The best presentation you ever saw.

I'm looking for examples of great presentations, including visuals (PowerPoint or otherwise). I've been browsing TED.com and keep finding inspiring speeches but not necessarily examples of great supplemental visuals. I'm sure there are examples there and elsewhere. YouTube links or otherwise would be great. [more inside]
posted by pithy comment on Aug 26, 2010 - 15 answers

Lions and tigers and bears (and cats and dogs and sheep and cows and...)

I wanna be a vet when I grow up...so...now what? [more inside]
posted by hoperaiseshell on Jun 27, 2010 - 15 answers

Should I get another bachelors degree?

I have a bachelors degree in philosophy. I wasn't a great student. My career path seems to be boring and unpredictable. I want a job where I can use my brain and be a part of pushing the world into a techno-utopia. Do I need a new bachelors degree? How will the admissions process go for me? How can I prove to myself that I can do my degree well? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2010 - 11 answers

Transfer troubles

So, I have a problem of the college admissions variety. [more inside]
posted by LSK on Jun 10, 2010 - 31 answers

CV of life experience?

42 year old man applying to college for the first time. What to put on a resume or CV to reflect life experience as well as work experience? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on May 27, 2010 - 10 answers

How is my academic history going to be treated as a prospective law student in Canada?

How is my academic history going to be treated as a prospective law student in Canada? [more inside]
posted by Hiker on May 14, 2010 - 3 answers

I love law. Law schools don't love me.

I love a very unprofitable branch of law, and my grades are less than stellar. Can you help me find a law program that is good for me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 28, 2010 - 30 answers

I need an admissions counselor counselor

What should I ask a college admissions counselor about? [more inside]
posted by Nomiconic on Feb 17, 2010 - 11 answers

PhD Admissions Question

Help me understand PhD admissions [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 15, 2009 - 12 answers

Should I mention I'm mentally ill on a graduate school statement of intent

Should I mention my mental illness on my graduate school statement of intent? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2009 - 24 answers

Is a ticket equal to a "crime"?

Is an underage drinking ticket a crime, for application purposes? I am afraid I might have answered it wrong and now I have an interview. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 28, 2009 - 20 answers

Where to major in film and the sciences?

My sister is a junior in high school and beginning to look at colleges. We're having difficulty finding colleges which would be a good "fit" for her (film major). Help? [more inside]
posted by elisabethjw on Jul 26, 2009 - 39 answers

Help my friend get into a Canadian political science PhD program on his second try.

Help my friend get into a Canadian political science PhD program on his second try. [more inside]
posted by thisjax on Jul 5, 2009 - 6 answers

Micro-sociologist hunt

Where do i find some of the top professors and researchers (in universities) doing Micro-Sociology (interaction or social mechanism based). This is the level of research that I wish to focus my research on, I just cant seem to find the researchers using that level of analysis. Also, are there some seminal texts in the micro sociology fields. [more inside]
posted by elationfoundation on Jun 11, 2009 - 8 answers

Multiple people signing ONE graduate school letter of recommendation?

Can more than one person sign a single grad school letter of recommendation? [more inside]
posted by pdx87 on Jun 6, 2009 - 9 answers

You want it to be HOW long?!

I have to write an admission essay for college, and the guidelines are... vague. [more inside]
posted by Kellydamnit on May 29, 2009 - 12 answers

What to expect from a parent interview at a Quaker or Montessori school?

What sorts of questions will a Quaker or Montessori school ask me, the parent of a prospective student? [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl on May 27, 2009 - 11 answers

I need direction and some more motivation in my life.

I am getting extremely anxious about applying to colleges as a transfer student and I need advice on how to deal with it. [more inside]
posted by mind2body on May 10, 2009 - 10 answers

Can I expect wet eyes or rolled ones?

College application essay about the challenges overcome in relation to one's sexuality: good or bad idea? [more inside]
posted by Gotham on Mar 29, 2009 - 13 answers

A complete MAT acceptance list eludes me.

Where can I find a complete list of college and university graduate programs in the USA that accept the Miller Analogies Test for admission?
posted by parmanparman on Mar 14, 2009 - 2 answers

Danielsanjay Gupta

New career path (Med school) in sights, past the deadline to apply/register for (Fall '09) undergrad programs that offer classes necessary for MCATs, any way to get into universities this late in the game? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Feb 19, 2009 - 8 answers

Where do I apply for backup sociology programs?

I found my dream school, but everyone is telling me to apply to secondary choices. I need to find sociology PhD programs that value public sociology and have solid social psychology/organizational theory focuses. [more inside]
posted by elationfoundation on Oct 21, 2008 - 2 answers

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