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Penn State: Application Withdrawal

Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 9:42 pm
by babazula
I am wondering if those who already got into Princeton, Harvard, Berkeley,... as well as PSU can withdraw their PSU application, since they will definitely NOT choose PSU over Harvard.
Thanks in advance.

Re: Penn State: Application Withdrawal

Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 10:38 pm
by evilclaw2321
I understand your request and agree with all thats said over at the thread "plea from admissionsprof" but you also have to respect their right to take their time. Just because someone is in at harvard or berkeley they may still want to carefully weigh all their options and we who are waiting have to respect that. No one should feel pressured to make a decision cause they feel guilty or bad for others.

Re: Penn State: Application Withdrawal

Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 10:42 pm
by WakkaDojo
Also keep in mind that withdrawing later does not reduce (whoever is next in line)'s chance of getting in.

Re: Penn State: Application Withdrawal

Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 10:45 pm
by dlenmn
Heh. I withdrew my Penn State application last year. After I did so, they accepted me. So be aware that you may have to withdraw twice....

Re: Penn State: Application Withdrawal

Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:19 pm
by grae313
I don't think the OP is asking anyone to withdraw their app from PSU if there is a chance they would accept an offer from them. He's just saying, if you've already gotten into your top choice schools, if PSU is a backup, if you KNOW with like better than 99% certainty that you won't attend there, then for god's sake tell that to the school and give someone else a chance to get admitted.

Re: Penn State: Application Withdrawal

Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 1:04 am
by clytze_pp
I am also in the waitlist..but I don't think I will be admitted..cannot count on it

Re: Penn State: Application Withdrawal

Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 2:17 am
by enemy_boat
I think we venture into dangerous territory if people begin threads like this. Of course everyone on a waitlist somewhere is hoping to get accepted, but those who are accepted have the choice of what they do with their acceptance. Obviously if they know they won't go to the particular school then withdrawing their application is the nice thing to do, but if they have any motivation to hold onto that acceptance then it's unfair to pressure them in any direction.

I understand your concern with the possibility that the spot you'd love is held by someone for whom it may mean nothing, but I guess I don't see this request for a specific school to be constructive. I think admissionprof's post and the subsequent discussion covers about everything that needs to be covered.

Re: Penn State: Application Withdrawal

Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 2:33 am
by cato88
enemy_boat wrote:Of course everyone on a waitlist somewhere is hoping to get accepted, but those who are accepted have the choice of what they do with their acceptance. Obviously if they know they won't go to the particular school then withdrawing their application is the nice thing to do, but if they have any motivation to hold onto that acceptance then it's unfair to pressure them in any direction.

Im not sure if I agree with the "they have a choice attitude"/"nice thing to do"/"Its my acceptance ill do what I want" attitude. If they know they are not going to go then withdrawing is not the "nice thing" to do it is the right thing to do and not doing so is a jerk move.

Re: Penn State: Application Withdrawal

Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 2:44 am
by excel
Here we go again. :roll:

Re: Penn State: Application Withdrawal

Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 3:05 am
by Helio
excel wrote:Here we go again. :roll:


:wink: :roll: :roll: :roll:

Re: Penn State: Application Withdrawal

Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 11:03 am
by coreycwgriffin
Everyone please withdraw from every school I'm the only one who can go to grad school this year.

Re: Penn State: Application Withdrawal

Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:33 pm
by babazula
coreycwgriffin wrote:Everyone please withdraw from every school I'm the only one who can go to grad school this year.


i really did not mean that, and i think it is impossible to get such an impression from my post. i was just asking for a withdrawal of Penn State application for those who already got into top places. But if you believe that you could choose PSU over Harvard, then do not withdraw your application. I am not forcing anyone to do something. I am just asking that "If you don't think you will go to PSU, then please withdraw your application so I can get in". What's wrong with that?

By the way, I've just received an invitation for interview from Mathematical Institution of Oxford UnIversity, and I would choose PSU over Oxford. I specifically want to go to PSU, and that's why I opened a new topic, and did not post it as a reply to "plea from admissionsprof". If you are experiencing the same situtation, then as I said, do not withdraw your PSU admission...

Re: Penn State: Application Withdrawal

Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:36 pm
by Imperate
By the way, I've just received an invitation for interview from Mathematical Institution of Oxford UnIversity


Hey, is this with Prof Candelas? I have been waiting and waiting for my invite here....and am still waiting :(

Re: Penn State: Application Withdrawal

Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 1:24 pm
by babazula
Imperate wrote:
By the way, I've just received an invitation for interview from Mathematical Institution of Oxford UnIversity


Hey, is this with Prof Candelas? I have been waiting and waiting for my invite here....and am still waiting :(


Yes... He aslo told me that they would have some other people for interview next week. ( i am not sure if i could make it next week since i am required to get a visa )
d'you happen to know something about the level of the interview? i did the part iii of the mathematical tripos last year, so i am hoping that the level of interview does not exceed the level of part iii.

Re: Penn State: Application Withdrawal

Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 1:27 pm
by coreycwgriffin
babazula wrote:
coreycwgriffin wrote:Everyone please withdraw from every school I'm the only one who can go to grad school this year.


i really did not mean that, and i think it is impossible to get such an impression from my post. i was just asking for a withdrawal of Penn State application for those who already got into top places. But if you believe that you could choose PSU over Harvard, then do not withdraw your application. I am not forcing anyone to do something. I am just asking that "If you don't think you will go to PSU, then please withdraw your application so I can get in". What's wrong with that?

By the way, I've just received an invitation for interview from Mathematical Institution of Oxford UnIversity, and I would choose PSU over Oxford. I specifically want to go to PSU, and that's why I opened a new topic, and did not post it as a reply to "plea from admissionsprof". If you are experiencing the same situtation, then as I said, do not withdraw your PSU admission...


It was a joke...I thought a pretty obvious joke...

Re: Penn State: Application Withdrawal

Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 1:45 pm
by Imperate
Yes... He aslo told me that they would have some other people for interview next week. ( i am not sure if i could make it next week since i am required to get a visa )
d'you happen to know something about the level of the interview? i did the part iii of the mathematical tripos last year, so i am hoping that the level of interview does not exceed the level of part iii.


I am UK citizen, and am wondering if they're interviewing internationals first, since I notice another international on thegradcafe also got interview invite, but nothing from domestics (but then again that could just be because not many UK people use thegradcafe). I prob wont get accepted here, but I thought my profile was at least strong enough for interview and then rejection, hmmm...
I think the final deadline they have set for decisions (for funded places at least) is 27 March, judging by the website.

I don't know anything about the level of interview here unfortunatley (I'm hoping maybe you could let me know after you've been?? hehe). I had an interview with Oxford Physics last year(before I decided to take a year out) which didnt go too well, it was quite a bit more intense than the other interviews I have had since. I doubt the level of this one will exceed part iii however

Re: Penn State: Application Withdrawal

Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 7:52 pm
by bosem
coreycwgriffin wrote:It was a joke...I thought a pretty obvious joke...

Yes that was very sarcastic though!
I would like to support babazula's request too. Don't think that you are being pushed. It is just a polite request. Sometimes some may forget to withdraw their application because of being bz or not being aware of the situation of the other students. This is just a reminder for them.