Yesterday, I dropped a tall pile of files in Laurie’s office. They were all applications heading in the admit direction. In fact, within the last week or so, I have read far more admits than denies. Sometimes that happens, and we don’t try to balance the outcome on a day-by-day or week-by-week basis: the number of admits, denies, and wait lists always works out by the end of the process.
I’m mentioning this now, because the word is seeping out that we made a small number of admission offers last week. The newly-admitted applicants, whom we now refer to as “the Febs” (for their February admission), met three characteristics:
1. They’re strong candidates, and we had no doubt that they would be admitted, regardless of the nature of still-unread applications.
2. Their applications were complete by about February 1.
3. Their applications had gone through the complete review by about February 8.
To the “Febs” out there: Congratulations on your admission, and welcome to the community!
To everyone who didn’t get an admission offer from us in February: Please focus on points 2 and 3, and don’t freak out! Take special note that your file might have been complete by January 15, and still didn’t meander its way through the complete review process before February 8. There’s a little bit of random chance involved. And, even more important, remember that the large majority of our admitted students will be notified at the end of March — not in December (through Early Notification) or in February. Take a breath, and go back to the long wait. We may have spread a little February joy, but there will still be plenty of happiness to go around in March.
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