All the schools are now linked to their LST reports as well.
For all non-acceptances, assume they will be sent by email unless otherwise noted. For international applicants, assume email for all news.
No status checker. It's Yale.
Area Code: 203
Not-acceptances: Asha says it will be by mail (thanks, Koala!) at the beginning of the cycle, but by email towards the end. (it appears now to be only by email)
Complete (up to a month)
JS1 (can take anywhere from a week to several months, especially if you are held) (in mailings, also by email)
May have date changes.
Acceptances: Call (email if international)
Area Code: 617
Submitted for Review
Shouldn’t take more than a few days
No date changes
Area Code: 650
Last year, if your status changed to "decision letter sent" and you hadn't received a phone call or email, you had been waitlisted/dinged.
Complete (two weeks)
Interview Request (WAIT, WHAT??? start reading from here)
No date changes.
Acceptances: Mail. Columbia appears to be emailing some acceptances now. (thanks, residentemma!)
Letter contains Butler or Hammy info; other merit aid comes later
Complete (up to two weeks)
Under Review (up to six weeks)
Under Review II (most people)
(Invited to Interview)
Under Review (basically, switches back after you have your interview)
Acceptances: email, status checker changes simultaneously (thanks and congrats, kershka!)
Waitlists: email, status checker changes simultaneously (thanks, alinor!)
midwest17 wrote:Since I've seen a lot of questions about this lately, here is my best understanding of the status checker journey for people who are admitted:
Application Complete (you get an email for this)
Application Under Review (UR 1) <- indicates first committee review of your file
(OPTIONAL) Application Under Review (UR 1.5) <- I did not receive this step, but I believe some people did
Invited for Interview
Application Under Review (UR 2) <- generally immediately after your interview, indicates that the interview is done
Application Under Review (UR 3) <- indicates second committee review of your file
Application Under Review (UR 4) <- most (all?) people get this in the days leading up to decisions being released. Both waves of decisions this year have been on Tuesday; UR4s have started on Friday and continued on Sunday/Monday/Tuesday. As far as I know, getting UR 4 happens whether you're getting admitted, WL'd, or dinged in the wave.
Under Review (a few days)
UR 1 (date change)
UR 2 (date change)
Decision Letter Sent (DLS)
NYU goes from complete to UR quickly. You may not have the same number of UR dates. It appears there is a slight pattern to the UR changes (those who submitted on the 20th then have the 23rd, 29th, and 1st, before DLS on the 10th, etc) but not significant.
Acceptances: Call, but you can try to check the Admitted Students Website to see once you go DLS. This may take till around four or five EST to be up and running. The phone call can take a few days.
Area Code: 212 or 201 (thanks, Bom!) or 646 (thanks, Theopliske8711!)
Admitted Students Website
Under Review (UR 1)
Under Review Date Change (UR 2)
Area Code: 215 (thanks, kershka!)
There appears to be a fast turnover from UR 2 to RD acceptance.
UVA has a status checker but no status updates. It notes when you are complete (I think you get an email as well). It changes after you are accepted as well.
Acceptances: Phone call OR email
Non-Acceptances: email (thanks, Philly ). After you get this, your status checker changes to "Please check your email inbox for an update on your application status. If you did not receive the update, please contact the Admissions Office at..." (thanks, livefromannarbor :'( )
Area Code: 434
Complete (a few days)
Under Review (a few weeks)
Berkeley has UR date changes but they do not appear to mean anything.
If you are pushed to faculty review...
Faculty Review 1
Faculty Review 2
Acceptances: Status Checker and simultaneous email OR phone call. People who get calls will also get an email later.
Area Code: 510
The Magical Michigan Status Checker
Complete (about a week)
It will take several weeks to receive Michigan’s status checker. Once you do, it will be updated every day because Michigan is awesome.
Acceptances: Status checker, mail
Scholarships: Admitted Students' Website
Complete (like, a day)
Under Review (if PT, quickly, if RD, not so quickly ) (RD seems to take about a week)
Decision Letter Sent; Watch for Email
Acceptances: Email, letter arrives later
Not acceptances: Email (some have received it at really weird hours)
Scholarships: Email about a week or two later to fill out the application. Scholarships should be arriving before April 1st.
A lot of RD people who submitted from September to November seem to be hearing now (thanks, NoDayButToday!)
Decision Letter Available within 24 Hours
You stay incomplete at Northwestern until you complete any requested interviews and the interviewer has submitted the assessment. If a lot of time has gone between the two, you might want to call because the status checker isn't always updated (thanks, alex.cm!).
Once you get "decision letter available," (through status checker or email) you can refresh the status checker page as much to your heart's content until the letter shows up. (thanks, objection_your_honor!)
Remember to update NU with your interview date!
Acceptances: Status checker, email
Complete (a long time)
[Interview has been scheduled]
You stay incomplete at Cornell for a very long time. Don’t get worried!
Complete (a week or so)
Three completes, with the interview request coming after the second, appears to be the general trend, but not always.
You can also check the ASW website, like with NYU here. Click on "no password?" and then request one by putting in your email. If they don't have a password for you, then they don't. If they do have one--congrats!
Acceptances: Mail (envelope is small!)
Admitted Students Website
Acceptances: Status checker and call from Dean
Area Code: 512 (thanks, cannibal ox!)
It shouldn’t take too long to go complete
Acceptances: Mail (it’s a large package—you can contact FedEx and see if one weighing more than 5 lbs from Vandy is on your way once your status changes. It should arrive two days later.)
Not Acceptances: In previous years, the acceptances have been sent by FedEx and the non-acceptances by USPS (I think), which makes sense when you think it isn't a package.
UCLA doesn’t have a status checker. They email you when they receive your application and when you go complete, and call if you are accepted.
Area Code: 310
Committee 1st Read
Committee 2nd Read
Explanation for the status checker
Acceptance: email (thank you, 2014entering2014!)
Minnesota (thanks, cannibal ox!)
Admitted - Congratulations!
Acceptance: Phone Call
Area Code: 612
Scholarship: Snail Mail (~1 week later)
WUSTL (thanks, Fiero85!)
Application Documents Received (within a few days) very quickly, remained on this status longest.
Complete (after a few weeks)
Email appears to be the more accurate form of communication, and is used for acceptances, interview requests, and scholarships. Casual phone interviews have been prevalent this cycle and are the usual step between complete and acceptance shortly after (1-2 weeks tops).
Under Review (can take awhile)
Acceptance: email (thank you, kimkardashian!)
University of Washington:
Submit--Confirmation Email (takes about a week)
UR 2 (date change)
Acceptance: Call (205)
Scholarship: Call (205)
Date Changes (status stays complete)
Decision: email (thank you, kimkardashian!)
Wisconsin (thanks, Serett!)
Georgia (thanks, musharraf!)
Decisions: email (letter arrives later for acceptances)
No date changes.
University of Connecticut
Message at top will say "under review" when app goes under
Penn State (thanks, Neteshy!)
Decision: email (may call a bit later)
Syracuse (thanks, Neteshy!)
Decisions: by mail, in a padded envelope because it comes with a t-shirt ( ). Letter contains scholarship offer.
CUNY (thanks, Neteshy!)
Decisions: email to check status checker, physical letter sent later
Creighton (thanks, Neteshy!)
Decisions: by mail
Please add the other schools you have applied to in the comments and I'll add it to the OP!