We all needed to walk slowly through the office yesterday. There were letters in piles everywhere, and we had to be careful not to create a breeze that would flutter them from pile to pile. Here’s where the letters are today:
The packets for the first big batch of admitted students are almost ready to mail. We use the paper letters to check our own work. Is the right decision in place? The right scholarship award? Is the mailing address correct? Proofing the letters and loading up the packets has been a two-day job. We had a lively crew (highly caffeinated) working on it this morning. Our two early-bird student staff members, Rebecca and JR, had the honor of sealing the envelopes.
What does all this mean? It means we’re nearly ready to release (online) that first bunch of decisions. To protect your own nerves, please note:
1. We haven’t released anything yet. (I’m writing at about 11:30 a.m. on Friday, U.S. East Coast time.)
2. You’ll receive an email when your decision is ready to be viewed online. If you have already been admitted, you’ll receive an email telling you to check for any updates, including scholarship decisions.
3. If your decision isn’t included in the first batch, please don’t waste brain cells coming up with a theory of why you’re in the latter batch. It’s not good news and it’s not bad news. It’s no news — except that you must be an applicant to the LLM, MIB, or PhD program, and your application will be discussed at next week’s meeting.
4. Those last decisions should all be released by March 23. I know I said the 22nd yesterday, but the LLM Admissions Committee is meeting a day later than I had originally heard.
5. The first batch (which, as I’ve said, includes at least 90% of decisions — including most of the MIB and PhD applicants) will be released at latest by Monday (the 15th). (That includes the wriggle room we need to deal with technology crises.)
6. 1800 applicants all checking the online system in a short period of time will bring the system down. We’ve warned the IT folks, but there’s not much they can do. If you find yourself unable to view your online decision, make yourself a nice cup of tea, relax, and try again later. We’ll be crossing our fingers that we’ll go crash free, but history tells us not to be unrealistic.
As this long process winds to a close, I want to thank all of you again for sharing your goals and stories with us. There are applicants we first “met” on paper via the essays, and those we met several years ago at an APSIA fair. No matter when our contacts began, we wish you all the best of luck as you plan your graduate studies!
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