Hey! Just a little 4-1-1 for y'all. The only people who had a guaranteed date for first consideration and notification (end of January) were those who applied before the early deadline, which was November 28, 2008. And "applied" doesn't mean "postmarked"...your complete application had to literally get to the CLEO office by November 28. I don't think calling to find out your status will do you any good. I applied before the early deadline, and the answer I got when I called to inquire about my status at the end of January was a generic "you'll hear by the end of the month". So, I can't imagine they'd be able to give you any specific information about when you'll hear back 'cause there's no such date for people who applied after the early deadline. I still had to wait a little over two months for my decision even after applying early, so those of you who applied after Nov. 28 will probably have to sit tight.
This is the way it works: a) they send acceptance letters to a group of people with a deadline to submit a $200 dollar deposit and a second deadline to submit the remainder of the program cost, b) after you send the deposit you'll be notified of your location and c) you send the rest of the money and count down the days 'til June 7!. I guess how quickly people hear is a function of how quickly people submit their $200 deposit and the remaining $1,800 and how many accepted students fail to meet the deadlines.