Will emailing a professor as part of applying to (Sociology) graduate school help your case? Part 2.
This is a follow up to this post – I made a survey and asked professors whether you should email them, and how their program works. I’ll make this quick – 13 out of 15 people who responded said their department’s admissions work on either a “pure committee” or a “mostly committee” model – admissions decisions are made by committee, with little or no influence from professors not on that year’s committee. One was a pure pre-match model – people need a relationship with a potential professor before applying, and one was a mix. Here’s a not very pretty pie chart (note all the response options no one chose) –
One interesting thing is three different professors from NYU responded, and two said they work on a “mostly committee” model and one said “pure committee.” You can see all responses (but not which professor gave them) here –http://bit.ly/gradschoolemail.
I also asked how they feel about students emailing them. Here’s a (nicer) pie chart of the answers:
Nine out of 15 said it’s fine if students email but it’s unlikely to help their case; an additional three said it’s simply an annoyance (again the 3 NYU professors disagreed here, but not in the same way they disagreed about their admissions system).
It’s a bit late for this to be helpful for students this year, but I’d love to have this be a resource for next year’s application system. If your department isn’t represented here yet, please go take 3 minutes to fill out this survey: http://bit.ly/gradschoolemailsvy
Departments included as of December 1st, 2017
Lancaster University (UK)
Michigan State University
U of Maryland
UC San Diego
Univ of Illinois at chicago
University of Georgia
University of Michigan
University of Notre Dame
University of Oregon
University of Wisconsin Madison