PomasThynchon wrote:Anyone else have to submit a dean's letter? I applied late(r), for reasons beyond my control (applied 12/30, got a status checker/confirmation email 1/2). Dean's letters, like everywhere, take forever to process, and my dean emailed me on 12/21 confirming what she would be reporting, and that it would be sent. The admissions office told me that my file is incomplete because the letter had not been received. But what I think, and hope, is that this is just a case of machine being faster than man, in that the emails from USC are (obviously) just form letters that get sent when the application is received electronically, whereas the snail-mail letter takes an actual human to process. Couple that with the fact that the letter was coming from the east coast, and there was Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve (albeit not official holidays like the days they precede) before them (not to mention the fact that they were probably on break or something?)
I'm actually much less nervous now, since it looks like USC hasn't given out as many decisions yet as my other schools, but I just thought I'd check and see if anyone else either sent out their dean's letter a couple weeks first, or waited a while for it to show up.
I submitted 11/26, my dean's letter was sent from UCSD on 12/9, and I went complete 12/14.
Immediately (within minutes) after I received the email on 11/27 saying my app had been received, I received the email saying my dean's letter was missing. I would definitely say that email is automated and you shouldn't be worried about your dean's letter. I imagine you'll be complete soon.