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Help!! Chicago: "Decision Pending"

Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 2:18 pm
by LawDog3
Ever since late-December, my Chicago Law status checker has said "File Under Review". Last Thursday, it changed to "Decision Pending". My question is, does anyone know what it means for Chicago Law to do this? I would think they have no reason to do anything but give me my decision.

My file has been "under review" for several months. Why not just give me my decision when it comes out? What does the school or the student gain from this change in notification, and what does it mean? If I am being rejected, why not just tell me I'm rejected once a decision comes out? If I am admitted or waitlisted, why not do the same? Why take an applicant through the ups and downs?

Mind you, I am pretty savvy about admissions, but this is a new one.

Re: Help!! Chicago: "Decision Pending"

Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:11 pm
by jaen78
When my status checker went to decision pending I got an acceptance call later that day. I hate to say it, but if you don't hear anything by tomorrow, you're probably out/WL.

Re: Help!! Chicago: "Decision Pending"

Posted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 11:17 am
by MissMaroon
jaen78 wrote:When my status checker went to decision pending I got an acceptance call later that day. I hate to say it, but if you don't hear anything by tomorrow, you're probably out/WL.
WRONG. Actually, everyone whose status checkers have changed to "decision pending" over the last 2-3 weeks has reported no phone calls and no snail mail rejections/WLs. That includes A LOT of people, and I'm not being optimistic for my own benefit, considering the fact that I'm not really part of that group of people. Basically, I seriously doubt they're going to reject/waitlist all those applicants, and if that was their intention, where are the letters?

My guess is that they have these stacks of pre-reviewed applications sitting with the committee right now and they're comparing them, trying to take a holistic approach to creating the rest of their 2012 class.

Re: Help!! Chicago: "Decision Pending"

Posted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 9:28 pm
by LawDog3
They sure are takin' hella time! If I get in there - and I am hoping that I do - I can slice off half of my list, and that will make things much easier for me. I am so tired of wondering. But the adcoms don't seem to know what they want to do this year.

If Chicago takes me, I'm down to Harvard, Columbia, Chicago (IN), UCLA, Duke (?), Michigan, Virginia (WL). And then it just depends on what those schools do with admissions and money.

Re: Help!! Chicago: "Decision Pending"

Posted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 9:34 pm
by LawDog3
MissMaroon wrote:
jaen78 wrote:When my status checker went to decision pending I got an acceptance call later that day. I hate to say it, but if you don't hear anything by tomorrow, you're probably out/WL.
WRONG. Actually, everyone whose status checkers have changed to "decision pending" over the last 2-3 weeks has reported no phone calls and no snail mail rejections/WLs. That includes A LOT of people, and I'm not being optimistic for my own benefit, considering the fact that I'm not really part of that group of people. Basically, I seriously doubt they're going to reject/waitlist all those applicants, and if that was their intention, where are the letters?

My guess is that they have these stacks of pre-reviewed applications sitting with the committee right now and they're comparing them, trying to take a holistic approach to creating the rest of their 2012 class.
That sounds a bit more realistic. It's different at different schools. I don't know Chicago very well, but my undergrad counselor says they probably made some "cuts", and they want you to stay interested b/c the 4/15 national deposit deadline is approaching. They may want people to make sure they set aside money for THEM.

If you're getting rejected, no warning or advanced notice is needed. Like: "It's coming...it's coming...and thank you for applying, we don't want you."

Does that scenario even make sense? To the contrary, they could be generating admissions packets and financial aid award letters.

Re: Help!! Chicago: "Decision Pending"

Posted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 9:36 pm
by yesofcourse
I went to decision pending on 3/27 and I am surely not expecting anything better than a WL

Re: Help!! Chicago: "Decision Pending"

Posted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 9:41 pm
by 02082010
LawDog3 wrote:Ever since late-December, my Chicago Law status checker has said "File Under Review". Last Thursday, it changed to "Decision Pending". My question is, does anyone know what it means for Chicago Law to do this? I would think they have no reason to do anything but give me my decision.

My file has been "under review" for several months. Why not just give me my decision when it comes out? What does the school or the student gain from this change in notification, and what does it mean? If I am being rejected, why not just tell me I'm rejected once a decision comes out? If I am admitted or waitlisted, why not do the same? Why take an applicant through the ups and downs?

Mind you, I am pretty savvy about admissions, but this is a new one.
umm... flame? Chicago doesn't have a "file under review" stage. you go straight from "complete" to "decision pending."

Re: Help!! Chicago: "Decision Pending"

Posted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 9:43 pm
by thesouthside
LawDog3 wrote: Mind you, I am pretty savvy about admissions, but this is a new one.
FAIL

Re: Help!! Chicago: "Decision Pending"

Posted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 10:24 pm
by Bosque
FYI, I had this happen to me too. Still nada.

Re: Help!! Chicago: "Decision Pending"

Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 3:02 pm
by danr2040
Me three, I switched to "decision pending" this week.

Has anyone received a call yet? Not that I am expecting anything better than a waitlist, but it would be nice to know if they are sending out calls to the lucky few.

Re: Help!! Chicago: "Decision Pending"

Posted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 7:01 pm
by LawDog3
hopefulundergrad wrote:
LawDog3 wrote:Ever since late-December, my Chicago Law status checker has said "File Under Review". Last Thursday, it changed to "Decision Pending". My question is, does anyone know what it means for Chicago Law to do this? I would think they have no reason to do anything but give me my decision.

My file has been "under review" for several months. Why not just give me my decision when it comes out? What does the school or the student gain from this change in notification, and what does it mean? If I am being rejected, why not just tell me I'm rejected once a decision comes out? If I am admitted or waitlisted, why not do the same? Why take an applicant through the ups and downs?

Mind you, I am pretty savvy about admissions, but this is a new one.
umm... flame? Chicago doesn't have a "file under review" stage. you go straight from "complete" to "decision pending."
You're wrong. My status checker said "File Under Review". Maybe your data entry person was doing things differently. But that's what mine said.