of Benito Cereno wrote:yes, well by definition all regular decisions are made by the deposit deadline at Harvard. also by definition, being on the waitlist means still wating for a decision after the deposit deadline. so no matter what everyone will know if they are admitted, rejected, or waitlisted in about two weeks. In previous years waitlist emails were universally sent out at least a week before the deposit deadline. So we have history suggesting responses coming in the next 1.5 weeks and logical necessity showing that a response (de facto or not) coming in 2.5 weeks.
I would consider hold a decision, albeit not permanent. Previous years from my understanding didn't have these holds and also didn't have JR as dean - so we can't say based on the past what is going to happen.
So you are saying if on hold after the deposit deadline you are automatically WLed? What is this based on, except for by definition? The e-mail reference late spring as the latest to hear on hold, which is the end of June.
You are probably right though, and not sure why I just wouldn't want them to decide on everything now.