FNR wrote:Dear admissionprof,
what would happen with the international students? This might not be a problem for prospective domestic students, but I believe that the international students would be in serious trouble if they are to make decisions this March, and not April.
On the other hand, please consider this case:
International student A has officially accepted the offer from grad school XXX. For some reason (visa problem, ticket, health issue, international embargo, whatever), he/she could not leave his country to the United States, and unable to come for Fall Admissions. However, student A has also applied to other grad schools outside United States, and he/she has no problem at all to leave for this particular country (for example: A Chinese student who has accepted an offer from Harvard, but somehow couldn't leave for the United States. However, he/she could leave for Japan since it's closer and -probably- easier to apply for visa once he/she accepts an offer from a Japanese grad school. Tokyo University, for example).
Would it be considered rude and impolite for student A to withdraw his/her application AFTER previously accepting the offer? To make things even worse, international student A told grad school XXX that he/she somehow withdraw his application way after April 15th deadline. On the end of May, for example.
This is a very serious question, since the financial crisis has somehow made it kinda difficult to travel from one country to another for an 'Average Joe/Jane'.
This is an important question. If that happened to us, we would not consider it rude or impolite IFF there was a reasonable reason, such as a visa problem or health issue. If it's "I prefer the other place", then it would be rude and impolite (although there isn't much they could do about it--they would remember, and one likes to be on good relations with everyone). Technically, you're supposed to get written permission from grad school XXX, but I've never heard of a school forcing someone to attend.