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    Hi all

    Anyone here applied to more than 4 universities, in order to increase your chances of obtaining a place? I am nervous about the outcome of my sign up at top dog schools and was thinking of writing to 3 more. How about you, is it really necessary? Or is it still early days?
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    (Original post by cpl.fir)
    Hi all

    Anyone here applied to more than 4 universities, in order to increase your chances of obtaining a place? I am nervous about the outcome of my sign up at top dog schools and was thinking of writing to 3 more. How about you, is it really necessary? Or is it still early days?
    I applied to 9 universities, 3 in the UK and 6 in the US. I'm not sure that it's really necessary, but in the US it is usually a good idea to apply to 5 or more programs because of the competition and need for funding (as well as other options).
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    I have applied for in the UK. Its fine..just depends how much work you want to do on getting references etc.
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    I always feel guilty about pestering my referees about it. I'm just going to wait for my current 5 to go through, and then I'll think about a few more, which should be mid-Feb time or so, plenty of time for a taught Masters I think.
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    (Original post by blacklight)
    I always feel guilty about pestering my referees about it. I'm just going to wait for my current 5 to go through, and then I'll think about a few more, which should be mid-Feb time or so, plenty of time for a taught Masters I think.
    This. I detest pestering my brilliant and very busy referees.:yep: I applied to 3 universities, all with very good departments - the plan being to aim high and in the event of a triple rejection, put in a few more applications later
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    I completely share the feeling! I promised myself that I'll remember to be indulgent with all these poor postgrads when I am a famous, brilliant and renown academic

    I wanted to apply for 8 PhDs in 4 different universities, and ended up applying for only 4 PhDs: I missed the Cambridge deadline (and seriously, what university of this standing refuses online applications? tssss...) an the tutor for graduates at King's told me that although I was fairly sure to get in, they didn't have any specialist for my author and I would have to work with someone who isn't familiar with my topic. So I said no.

    I am getting more and more pessimistic about Oxford
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    (Original post by Sooz2471)
    I completely share the feeling! I promised myself that I'll remember to be indulgent with all these poor postgrads when I am a famous, brilliant and renown academic

    I wanted to apply for 8 PhDs in 4 different universities, and ended up applying for only 4 PhDs: I missed the Cambridge deadline (and seriously, what university of this standing refuses online applications? tssss...) an the tutor for graduates at King's told me that although I was fairly sure to get in, they didn't have any specialist for my author and I would have to work with someone who isn't familiar with my topic. So I said no.

    I am getting more and more pessimistic about Oxford
    Which author?

    OP, I had the same worries, but not only because I was interested in applying to top universities, but because I would be stepping up quite significantly too so I was not especially confident that top universities would accept me.

    I have applied to eight so far (Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh, Lancaster, Newcastle, Oxford, Sheffield and York), and I plan to apply for one more (Liverpool); probably finish my research for them proposal this weekend. I have received four replies (Edinburgh, Lancaster, Sheffield and York) – all offers, thankfully; one this morning in fact! I contacted Aberdeen and Newcastle too and the latter said I would receive a response at the beginning of February; they have a five week turnaround period at the moment due to the sheer number of applicants they are dealing with. Strangely, Aberdeen have not gotten back to me (I applied on 23/11/09) yet, and I am assuming that my application was lost or they are incredibly slow, but I will reject it if it does come through so I am not that bothered. Bristol said they will give my a reply in three to four weeks, and I will not hear back from Oxford until the middle of March.

    I feel a lot more confident now than I was a month ago, and I am not particularly concerned if Newcastle or Oxford reject me as it will be for legitimate reasons (largely) out of my control, and I cannot see why Bristol would not give me an offer when Edinburgh and York have given me one. Anyway, it is now time to apply for funding and what not; probably start moaning on the forum quite a lot come June when I realise that I have been awarded any funding and I am sitting with six to eight offers! :p:
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    (Original post by evantej)
    Which author?
    Beckett. Hence my applications for both French and English programmes at each uni. What do you study / what are your interests? Your applications are so different from one another that it's somewhat confusing...
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    (Original post by Sooz2471)
    Beckett. Hence my applications for both French and English programmes at each uni. What do you study / what are your interests? Your applications are so different from one another that it's somewhat confusing...
    I study English at the moment, but I am interested in comparative and European literature and I would like to research (amongst other things) Anais Nin's erotic fiction next year.
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    (Original post by Belphoebe)
    I applied to 3 universities, all with very good departments - the plan being to aim high and in the event of a triple rejection, put in a few more applications later
    Of similar thought. Hopefully further applications won't be required...
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    (Original post by evantej)
    . Anyway, it is now time to apply for funding and what not; probably start moaning on the forum quite a lot come June when I realise that I have been awarded any funding and I am sitting with six to eight offers! :p:
    I do wish I had submitted a few more applications but fear of asking for over four references prevented such.
    The wait for a response from Bristol (for me at least) was around five-six weeks.

    You're applying for funding already- Is this within the departments of those who have offered you a place?

    Good luck with your applications.
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    (Original post by PerkinWarbeck)
    I do wish I had submitted a few more applications but fear of asking for over four references prevented such.
    The wait for a response from Bristol (for me at least) was around five-six weeks.

    You're applying for funding already- Is this within the departments of those who have offered you a place?

    Good luck with your applications.
    I would not have worried about asking for more than four references as most referees write a generic reference then adapt it to each application. Plus they know themselves how hard it is to secure funding so students are naturally going to widen their net so to speak.

    Problematically, you can only apply for funding once you have been given a place; in some cases universities will stipulate in their offer (on the understanding) that you have adequate funds for fees and living costs etc., etc. already, but I doubt this is the case for most students. It is certainly not the case with me. Sorting out Edinburgh and York first, Lancaster are yet to reveal their funding opportunities.
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    wow some of you are applying for an enormous amount of courses!!!

    i decided what course i wanted, and applied for just the one course. didnt want to pester my referee, and besides whats the point of applying for loads of courses then decideing after which one you want. might as well decide first and save the hassle of all the applications
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    My referees are Missing In Action. :-( I have another 3.5 weeks to go with LSE... and not sure if they have submitted their letters to the other 3 unis I applied to... fingers crossed.
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    I applied to 11 unis lol: 1 in New Zealand (home country fall-back), 7 in the US and 3 in the UK. Been accepted to 2 in the UK so far (LSE and Imperial) and the one in NZ (UoA), still waiting on 8 more...

    Glad my parents are fitting the bill for application fees.
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    (Original post by eden)
    wow some of you are applying for an enormous amount of courses!!!

    i decided what course i wanted, and applied for just the one course. didnt want to pester my referee, and besides whats the point of applying for loads of courses then decideing after which one you want. might as well decide first and save the hassle of all the applications
    It has more to do with funding than not being able to decide what course to do to be honest. It is generally not that much hassle to be honest given that you generally only tweak your personal statement etc., and once referees have written it once they send out the same reference out to every university too.
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    (Original post by makaveli121)
    I applied to 11 unis lol: 1 in New Zealand (home country fall-back), 7 in the US and 3 in the UK. Been accepted to 2 in the UK so far (LSE and Imperial) and the one in NZ (UoA), still waiting on 8 more...

    Glad my parents are fitting the bill for application fees.
    I wouldn't hesitate to enroll if I had LSE and Imperial offers AND parents' support. Unless it's Harvard Business School or INSEAD etc - I might think twice. Otherwise... :-)
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    Just to keep all informed: I got a rejection from Manchester today. However, I did not bat an eyelid and went ahead to apply to Cass Business School instead. I'm happy I did it... I just have to bother my referees again.
 
 
 
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