bhblack wrote:I haven't gotten that impression, but it could just be me.
I think your experience, sebastian0622, may be an aberration.
Probably, which is why I asked instead of ranted. Of course, I'll rant now.
I applied to four schools in late January, with Iowa's app being the first one submitted. I heard back from one of the others (Wash U) within a week. I heard back from another (Emory) within two weeks. I had scholarship info from both of those schools within three weeks from the date of the application. Meanwhile, I didn't hear back from Iowa until three weeks after Emory, and I still haven't received information about scholarships. Now I am hearing that they have allocated all of their scholarship money, but I'm currently hearing from other schools that planned well enough to still be dishing out the offers.
In addition to that, Iowa's fee waiver was the only one I received that came with such an early expiration date, which was particularly annoying since I received it later in the cycle than almost all of my other fee waivers (Notre Dame's was the only one after it, I think).
I don't feel insulted or entitled or anything, it's just the pattern has been that Iowa isn't really keeping up with the competition, which leads me to question if this has been a cause for it dropping in the rankings as of late. Attracting students is a ruthless, strenuous commitment for admissions offices, and Iowa hasn't seemed up to the task (in my experience!). It'd be easy to blame this on me for the late application, but the point is that Iowa's peers are handling that just fine. Besides, I applied two months before Iowa's deadline, so we can't act like it was last-minute. If Iowa insists on rolling admissions, I think they should allocate resources better. Sure, you could say it's my problem, but if Iowa is missing out on good students, then it's Iowa's problem as well!
Just rambling now. I hope Iowa handles things more smoothly for everyone else. As is, I'm really disappointed. Iowa is the hometown school but didn't capitalize on that advantage at all; now I will probably go elsewhere. I will not put a seat deposit down only to wait for a scholarship offer when Iowa's peers have shown that they can offer the money well before the deposit due date.