One less-heralded benefit of applying by our November 15 Early Notification deadline is a rapid turnaround. You’ll be hearing back from us before the end of December, less than six weeks after you first applied, keeping the amount of waiting time to a relative minimum. Given the schedule, you may be wondering what the Admissions Office is up to, and I’m here to tell you.
Our first step toward releasing EN decisions was hiring and training the students who are full members of the Committee on Admissions. They start their reading with EN applications, which provides a perfect small-batch learning/coaching opportunity for all of us. We can take the time to offer comments and ensure that the new readers are on the right track. As it happens, the students on this year’s committee are amazing! Good news for the staff.
Once we have a committee, we start reading. Every application is read twice, and then Laurie looks at all of them to ensure consistency from reader to reader. When needed, we discuss applications in a full-committee setting that will include the professors on the committee. Our EN meeting will be next Friday. (Can’t wait! L♥VE committee meetings!) Nearly every application has already been read twice — we’re well on our way through the process.
From the perspective of a staff member (i.e., me), EN is great because it throws us into the heart of the admissions process, but with an application volume that enables us to test and, when necessary, improve systems before the January 10 flood of applications. Next Friday’s meeting will help students calibrate their assessments of applicants. Then in January, we’re in the best position for the process to go smoothly.
But none of that matters to you EN applicants. What you need to know is simply that we are making great progress in completing the review of applications, and you’ll be hearing from us before the end of this month.