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.
Well stanford is weird in a way. They send all their stuff out within a week. What they actually do is:
1. Meet by sub discipline and go through the apps. Do a first sweep through
2. Those who were accepted in the sub-committee go to the general committee and the big sorting out begins
3. They make their piles. Finalize the money and send out their apps.
I know a prof there, so i talked to him about it.
I am not quite sure why they take forever with this (2.5 months), but I guess they can cause they are stanford. Like harvard sending out rejections in april
Well the form of communication is changing. Until two years ago. Berkeley had all paper recommendations, as UCLA still does, while Madison last year only mailed things out they send emails this year. It is an ever evolving process.
and the proof my MIT point somebody got mail and others phone/email