Sofie4400 wrote:This is probably a stupid question but what is the difference between 'faculty review' and 'under review'? Some people say they got in from "FR2" versus others who just refer to it as "UR2." Is it just different terminology for the same thing or is one better/worse? Thanks!
I think it just changes school to school-- depending on what they call it. (Someone else correct me if I'm wrong)
The only school where I applied where I know faculty review is an actual reported status is Berkeley (where, coincidentally, I was dinged earlier today!). It is different from regular under review because they email you and tell you that your application has passed an initial administrative review but has been sent to faculty review for further consideration. Some people are accepted or rejected without going to faculty review, so it basically means you passed the first review step but they're still not sure what to do with you. I know at Yale, most people are reviewed by faculty, but they don't give you a status checker so you have no way of knowing if you are in FR or not. I dunno about other schools.
eta: Scooped (am I using that right?