confused_p wrote:What is the exact method for making decision admission decision by any school?
Here is my theory (hypothesis) about this process. Tell me how much I am wrong/right.
a. Admission Secy decides and extremely low GPA / Physics GRE scores
b. Rest are taken up by a committee of faculty members. Say there are 4 faculty working this time. Each one of them take 1/4 of the application and read the application. They make 3 piles - One for sure-shot rejection, One for need more comparing with that of others -- makes note on a sheet about pros and cons, and the other pile with sure-shot acceptances.
c. Committee members meet to send the sure-shot acceptances and rejection. Remaining ones are read by at least one other faculty member and mark their pros and cons on the sheet
d. faculty member have a meeting and decide on the remaining apps. They will be preparing for the long meeting as they need to balance the number of offers, expected yield, places they need to fill, money they have.
Any thoughts on this conjecture while you painfully wait for the decisions to come and selection you have to make in couple of weeks....
cato88 wrote:I dont understand why its so uncommon to send a first wave of rejections along with first wave of acceptances. Whats the point of keeping waiting when they know they are not going to admit.
Im still not convinced the MIT heavily discipline based is true at least not significantly more than other schools. They ask if your interested in a particular field and im sure all schools have a few more people view the application whos interest align with yours as given by a direct question or SOP. All schools have to consider who could possibly be your adviser to figure out a possible distribution of students and be able to build the best incoming class that fills the lab groups as necessary. I dont think any programs just admits students and hopes that the distribution becomes 35 CM Exp to 12 HEP Exp and so on. Some schools will ask you what field your interested in others look at your SOP to determine that.
Helio wrote:I am basing it on the fact that some people get emails, others get phone calls, and others again get a mail package and the method depends on the sub-discipline. I would say there admissions is discipline based. The undecided ones, I am guessing, end up somewhere between CM and HEP Experiment/Theory, as those are the most sought after positions.
cato88 wrote:Helio wrote:I am basing it on the fact that some people get emails, others get phone calls, and others again get a mail package and the method depends on the sub-discipline. I would say there admissions is discipline based. The undecided ones, I am guessing, end up somewhere between CM and HEP Experiment/Theory, as those are the most sought after positions.
People get an e-mail/phone from a possible adviser from a lot of programs the only difference I perceive is that some schools like to a lot more e-mail communication. There is also the fact that people hear about this discipline thing on the forum and try to make a bigger deal about the way they are communicating with you. The forum makes people more sensitive to this. I havent heard about Stanford doing this till this year and have no clue about their admissions process but I am sure that now that the rumor is out there people will be more critical of the form of communication and the rumor will grow in the coming years.
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