r6_philly wrote:Not that it could realistically happen, but what if 400 must-haves apply in chronological order, and they can only admit 300?
She's said elsewhere that there are typically 60 presumptive admits per year. So I think they're not really worried about the number of presumptive admits spiking out of control ever.
r6_philly wrote:I think they are working on the experience that they will NEVER encounter more must-haves than they have spaces for. So if you are a must-have, you will get admitted, the rest goes through the faculty review process more or less at the same time, and they usually don't have enough 12's to fill the class, so the remaining will be viewed together and offered seats together.
So while it practically is a rolling process, their standard is so high that if you are good enough you will always get a seat.
I think you're right. I think they've said that they always dig into the 11 stack and admit most of them, too. I imagine that 11's get admitted later than 12's do, though. They probably finish admitting the 12's and then dig into the 11's.
So I guess it's likely that those people last year who applied in October/November but were accepted in April were faculty review 11's who there happened to be space for. It seems, and I'm speculating here, that that category (faculty review 11's) would hear back absolutely last of everyone who's outright admitted.
But heck, faculty review 12's might not hear back until sometime in March even for the relatively early applicants, so I don't know that we can read anything into anything until the beginning of April — at which point it's just a matter a week or two before you hear the final decision anyway, so it hardly matters.