Continuing to help you prepare to receive and interpret the decision on your Fletcher application, let’s talk about admission.
Offering admission to an applicant should be straightforward, right? Good application equals admission offer. Well…when it suits our purposes, we abandon simplicity and take a more complicated approach.
On the straightforward end of the spectrum, most applicants who get good news this month will receive plain vanilla admission. Everything you need is in place! Hooray!
But plenty of other happy applicants won’t be the plain-old-vanilla type. When we offer them admission, we’ll attach a condition to make up for a shortcoming. The most frequently employed flavors of conditional admission require that, before starting Fletcher classes, the applicant should: improve foreign language proficiency; improve English language proficiency; or improve quantitative skills.
Occasionally, we admit applicants to a program other than the one to which they applied. Most common example: You applied to the mid-career MA program, but you don’t have sufficient experience to be admitted. For the MALD program, on the other hand, you’re looking good, so we’ll admit you to the MALD! (There’s similar thinking behind offering MALD admission to a tiny number of PhD applicants who lack the master’s level study to enter the PhD program directly.)
We also occasionally (about a dozen applicants each year) admit someone to a future class. These would be strong students, generally graduating this year, who will be so much happier at Fletcher if they have some work experience behind them. These “delay admits” will receive a letter that says they are admitted for the September 2011 semester.
Creating all these flavors of admission poses challenges when it comes time to release decisions, but the option to attach a condition to admission is the difference between admit and deny for some applicants. We would hate to turn away a highly qualified applicant who needs a little brush-up of English skills, but we would be obliged to do so if we couldn’t be sure he would pursue a language program.
The happy bottom line is that conditional admission is (once the condition is met) admission. And we’re convinced that fulfilling the condition will enhance the admitted student’s experience at Fletcher. So we’ll keep offering admission in all its different flavors.
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