FNR wrote:I want to know what would happen when the Admission committee needs to make difficult choices.
A Physics department has 10 available positions in Theoretical and 4 available position in Experimental for incoming grad students. This year, over 100 prospective grad students applied for position in Theoretical and only dozens applied for position in Experimental.
Would their application be considered separately? I imagine that there must be Theoretical Admissions team and Experimental Admissions team within the Admission committee to maintain the balance of incoming grad students, but I’m not very sure….
I might be wrong, but I don’t think the committee would only choose the best-of-the-best prospective students without even considering their research interest. I mean, it is rather unwise to accept all the best if ‘the best’ only wants to do research in certain area and ‘don’t give a damn’ to the other ongoing research.
Would the committee choose to accept the not-that-good students to fill in the positions suitable with their interest over the best-of-the-best students that have no matching interest with the currently available research positions? Could anybody enlighten me here?
I do not know how the Admissions really work, and so please consider this:
I asked the Graduate recruiter about the outcome of my application. He answered that ‘the good news you have been accepted in our program. I need graduate school to give permission to make it officially’.
Of course, I asked the Graduate school to verify this decision (since my on-line status still shows ‘pending’). To my surprise, she told me that ‘Your application is complete and we will review it before deferring it to the department.’
What the…?!? Who decides who’s in and who’s out actually?
I do not know how the Admissions really work, and so please consider this...
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