It has been really great to hear from you this week via blog comments and emails. Throughout the year, I often wonder if I am “talking” to myself in the blog. I’m glad to know that the information we have included here has been useful.
And here’s a new update for you. We’ve closed our office for processing today. No interruptions from current Fletcher students — that means we’re serious! Many letters have been printed and envelopes have been stuffed. Ironically, what was slowing us down at the beginning of the week was our attempt to get applicants their decisions faster! We want to post more complete information than we have in the past on the Application Management System, which involved both writing and technical work. We believe the wrinkles have been ironed out now, and we have the letters we need, so the system is ready when we are. You’ll be able to learn your decision and, if applicable, your scholarship award on-line.
In my last post, I said we were aiming for Friday the 20th. Oops. Friday is the 21st. But the target of Thursday the 20th is still completely achievable. As I said, we’ll mail/post as soon as we can.
Every once in a while (more often in the spring), I check out the web sites devoted to sharing info on grad school admission, so I know that some other schools have started to release decisions. (In fact, as many of you know, Fletcher admitted a small group in February as well.) I can imagine that applicant anxiety (and tea-leaf reading) is only enhanced when different schools are following different protocols. (School X admits a group in February, while School Y notifies its wait list first — I didn’t get an early admission letter, but I didn’t get a wait list letter either. Is that good news or bad news?) For Fletcher, you probably all know that we admitted Early Notification applicants in December. The February group was made up of solid candidates whose applications were complete and had been reviewed by the Admissions Committee — so who fell in that group was partially determined by luck. But for this round, everything will go at once; no early mailing of wait list letters.
I’m off to see what my next task will be. I wish you all calm in your waiting, and luck in your admissions.