wimmi wrote:As for the interpretation of the statistics, for example at UCLA - Physics the average number of admits is 76 while the average number of new registrants is 25. Does it mean that 76 people were offered admission and eventually 25 accepted the offer?
wimmi wrote:Few remaining issues: in most cases (or let's assume that in most cases) the programs add 2 new grad students annually. The admission comitte creates the list of the applicants and then the top 2 applicants are given an offer. If any one of them declines, then they make another offer to the 3rd person on the list etc. This is how the system works?
wimmi wrote:Thanks again for the detailed answers!
So essentially I must be extremely quick and accept the offer asap from my top school to overcome the other applicants, right? (e.g. in principle it can happen that I wait too long after getting an offer and all the places are taken or the department runs out of TA/RA positions)
Dishsoap wrote:I'm so glad that someone else is as anxious about hearing back as I am. It feels great that my paranoia is in good company.
On a side note, I already got an invitation from the University of Nebraska to come visit in early January. It sounded sort of informal - I got to choose the date, so it doesn't seem like a group thing. I wouldn't at all mind going to Nebraska, so I'm relieved that I've heard back. At least now there's something else to funnel my nervousness into for the next two weeks
You are definitely not alone at that! I've already been checking application status on websites even though I know I'd get an email about it anyway.
Good luck with the interview!
Izaac wrote:E-mail it was. They mentioned that my application didn't fit the program and that they're telling me that soon so that I can still apply to programs more suitable to my interests. Guess I was too "physics" and not "biology" enough.
By the way, Berkeley told me as well that they'd start reviewing applications as soon as one week past the deadlines. Guess they're doing the same in most biophysics courses. Maybe something to do with funding?
Dishsoap wrote:I would also be doing that, but
a) I swear some of these universities make it as difficult as possible to log into their system, and
b) My biggest fear is that somewhere on my SoP I forgot to change "University of Illinois" to "Cornell University" or some such. If I start logging into admissions websites, I'll frantically start proofreading my stuff and I'm afraid I'll find a mistake. So, like a good scientist, I'll pretend like the mistake isn't there as long as I don't see it
Also, I did read on some of the profiles that the websites were updated first, and then e-mails sent out as much as a week later. Or by mistake, some emails didn't go out. So maybe you aren't SO insane
thehairupthere wrote:Is the biophysics department separate? (or are you applying to the biology department?) If neither, usually funding is department wide, at least for first year students.
The committee has completed its initial assessment and, while no decisions have been made, we read your application with great interest and were impressed with it. This year, as a routine part of our process, we are planning to speak with applicants by phone or Skype. One of the Graduate Admissions Committee members will contact you later this week to set up a time for a phone/Skype conversation.
sjewalkers wrote:Accepted into RPI for Nuclear Engineering! --- Atleast I have one acceptance, and much sooner than I expected!
Looks like they're sending out their letters two weeks after deadline.
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