And then what happens?

With all the application reading we’ve been telling you about, a reasonable blog reader might assume that we’re just about done with the process.  Alas, there’s still plenty of work in front of us.  What happens after all the applications have been reviewed?

Well, first, the Admissions Committees for the different programs continue meeting and discussing.  Most of them will wrap up work within the next two weeks, but the LLM and MIB programs are still facing March deadlines.

When everything has been read and discussed, someone (generally Laurie) needs to do an official sign-off on each application.  Then all the files go back into boxes.  But not for long, because through this whole period, there hasn’t been any discussion of scholarships.  The application review process is essentially need-blind, and scholarship decisions are made by a subgroup (no students this time) of the Admissions Committees.  So back out of the boxes come the applications of admitted applicants.

With admissions and scholarship decisions made, the brain straining work is over, but there are still plenty of administrative tasks and details in front of us.  For starters, decisions need to be entered in the system, checked and rechecked.  Only when we’re sure that everything is correct can we release the decisions.

When we’re asked, we always say that decisions will be released in March.  More specifically, we’re aiming for no later than the week of March 19.  We’ll be able to provide a better estimate in another week or so.

4 thoughts on “And then what happens?

  • February 27, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Thanks for the question, Anthony. The only document needed is the scholarship application form that is part of the online application. Awards are based on a combination of need and merit. For a given level of merit (as determined in the admissions process), the larger awards would go to students with greater need. All first-year scholarships are renewable for the second year. There is quite a bit of information at Give us a call if you have further questions.

  • February 27, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Since you referred to the scholarship decisions in the above post, would you please give more info as to how the process is conducted, what criteria are used, and what documents need to be received in order for students to be eligible for scholarships.

  • February 27, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Thanks, Dhriti. We’ll soon feel VERY ready to release decisions, too. But there are still several weeks of work in front of us!

  • February 27, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Thanks Jessica for the update. Can’t wait to hear back from the admissions committee.

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