ManOfTheMinute wrote: switchis32 wrote: statslaw wrote:
chickpea wrote:I totally agree that the admissions committee is doing their best to provide us with our admissions decisions as quickly as they can, and that any delay on their part is probably due to their taking the time to actually read and re-read all of our applications. I think the Stanford admissions committee has some especially tough decisions to make given their very small class size.
This. I know that I was not a fast and easy decision for them. I felt better about my long wait (not nearly as long as the terrible wait some of you guys have endured) when I was told they had read my entire application four times throughout the process, and that during my final faculty review everyone in the room read my personal statement at the same time. I'm not sure if they did that aloud or individually sitting around a table. As hard as it is waiting with nothing but silence, if you haven't heard at this point it's not because they set your application aside and forgot about you. I'm convinced it's because they're wrestling over every applicant. Right now, they're at the point where they have to make some of the hardest decisions of the cycle.
they actually told you that when they called you?
Yeah seriously... how did you get such an indepth view of their admissions procedures?
I don't know if it's all that in depth, or more in depth than Faye has revealed in her blog. She posted an entry on April 11th, 2010 where she said, "As the end of the season nears, I have to let some candidates go whose files I’ve been holding on to just trying to see if I can fit them in. You may not realize it, but many of you get multiple reviews by me and I get to know you quite well. This is a one-sided relationship, I know, and it is common knowledge that one-sided relationships are not healthy, but it works in the admissions world."
When I spoke to her on the phone during my acceptance, she said she had reviewed my file four times and provided the additional details I mentioned before. I think others who received their acceptance in the last few weeks may have also mentioned a "faculty review" where the committee made a final decision on their file. I think I fit into the group she referenced above. I feel completely humbled and fortunate for the opportunity to attend Stanford. I thought I'd provide what perspective I could for others who are still struggling with the wait. Before I received my decision, I couldn't focus at all without hitting the refresh button on this website every two minutes. It's even worse when you think the only reason you're still waiting is because they haven't taken the time to send out your decision. When I talked to Faye, that wasn't the impression I got at all.
MOTM, carboncopy, helix, Hillary (ssanonymous), and many others were the best thing to happen to my admissions cycle for the entertainment and value of distraction. Just want to do what I can to give back.