Every winter, there’s a day when I realize that the next few weeks will be filled with work, and not much else besides work. Now’s that time! Not that we don’t generally work hard on applicants’ behalf, but the final phase of the process is the most intense.
In coming days/weeks, the Admissions Committees will be wrapping up their review, though there are still applications circulating around the office, being read for the first, second, or (sometimes) third time. Files are sitting in tall piles, waiting for someone to enter a decision in the system. Committee discussions will start soon on scholarship assistance. So we’re running the last lap of the process, though that last lap can be among the most challenging.
While you’re waiting for us, there’s one important task for you to take care of: make sure you’re able to log on to the Graduate Admissions Management System. (I realize that people who are checking the blog regularly are among our applicants with the strongest grasp of IT systems, but I’m going to make the point anyway.) Back when your application was first complete, you received an email with the information you would need to log on, and you may have checked your record already (perhaps a dozen times, even). If you haven’t logged on yet, look for that original email, because you’ll need to log on to access your decision.
Every spring we receive calls from people complaining that they haven’t received a decision. In fact, the decision is there for them to see, but they can’t access it because they’ve lost the login information.
So check your email inbox and find that message. (It would have reached you when your application was uploaded, complete with all online recommendations — not the day you first submitted it.) If you can’t find it, go back to the Application Management System site, where you can click “Don’t know your username and password.” You’ll soon be in business. Spread the word!
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