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PhD Applications Fall '17 Season

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Do POIs generally sent out inofficial admission emails? What does the info, that others have received those, even tell me? And when can official emails be expected? 

I am so confused about all of this and what it means and if all hope for Harvard is gone or not. Can anybody clarify?

Also, I was shortlisted at Georgetown for the department of Islamic and Arabic Studies and Georgetown would be my second favorite option. Does anybody have any advice? My interview will be on Wednesday.

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I was accepted by Harvard this morning, so I might be able to shed some light on what's happening. I received an email from the Chair of the Committee notifying me of my acceptance, with a note that a "formal letter" will follow shortly. Earlier this week, I emailed the department to ask if they could give me a date range for when decisions would be going out because I needed to figure out some travel plans with a school that was lower on my list than Harvard. Someone from the department responded to me today, after I received the informal email, with "Decisions will be going out by the end of next week. You’ll receive a notice when the decision is posted in GCast, our online Admissions system." It looks like rejections and waitlist notifications will be going out next week, and possibly also the official letters of acceptance with stipend info.

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9 minutes ago, Eshtah said:

Do POIs generally sent out inofficial admission emails? What does the info, that others have received those, even tell me? And when can official emails be expected? 

I am so confused about all of this and what it means and if all hope for Harvard is gone or not. Can anybody clarify?

Also, I was shortlisted at Georgetown for the department of Islamic and Arabic Studies and Georgetown would be my second favorite option. Does anybody have any advice? My interview will be on Wednesday.

Congrats on the interview at Georgetown! 

For both of my acceptances, I did receive an unofficial e-mail from my POI prior to official acceptance through the portal. But, I suspect this both depends on the department and the individual.  

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2 minutes ago, alephbet said:

I was accepted by Harvard this morning, so I might be able to shed some light on what's happening. I received an email from the Chair of the Committee notifying me of my acceptance, with a note that a "formal letter" will follow shortly. Earlier this week, I emailed the department to ask if they could give me a date range for when decisions would be going out because I needed to figure out some travel plans with a school that was lower on my list than Harvard. Someone from the department responded to me today, after I received the informal email, with "Decisions will be going out by the end of next week. You’ll receive a notice when the decision is posted in GCast, our online Admissions system." It looks like rejections and waitlist notifications will be going out next week, and possibly also the official letters of acceptance with stipend info.

Congrats on your good news! And thanks for the updates as well. 

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1 minute ago, menge said:

Congrats on your good news! And thanks for the updates as well. 

Thank you!!

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2 minutes ago, alephbet said:

I was accepted by Harvard this morning, so I might be able to shed some light on what's happening. I received an email from the Chair of the Committee notifying me of my acceptance, with a note that a "formal letter" will follow shortly. Earlier this week, I emailed the department to ask if they could give me a date range for when decisions would be going out because I needed to figure out some travel plans with a school that was lower on my list than Harvard. Someone from the department responded to me today, after I received the informal email, with "Decisions will be going out by the end of next week. You’ll receive a notice when the decision is posted in GCast, our online Admissions system." It looks like rejections and waitlist notifications will be going out next week, and possibly also the official letters of acceptance with stipend info.

Congratulations to you!!! You must be thrilled! And thank you for your clarification.

I just have one question ( I am German and very clueless): If the official emails were not sent yet, is there any conclusion that can be drawn for someone who hasn't heard anything? Does the fact that my POI didn't sent me an unofficial email already tell me that I am out?

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For those waiting on UPenn: I solicited a response, and they indicated that decisions have not been finalized, but that they will be by March 6. 

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Now have officially heard back from all the universities I applied to.  Yet to hear back from 2 seminaries I applied to: UTS and PTS. IDK if I can wait another week. 

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1 minute ago, menge said:

For those waiting on UPenn: I solicited a response, and they indicated that decisions have not been finalized, but that they will be by March 6. 

But they did interview the ones they shortlisted, right?

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Just now, Eshtah said:

But they did interview the ones they shortlisted, right?

I know they have done some interviews, but have no idea if this is for everyone or just specific subfields. 

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On 2/21/2017 at 3:46 PM, Rabbit Run said:

PTS will be Friday. Can confirm about PU finalists being submitted to graduate school. Wish y'all the best!

@seung, @Rabbit Run says it's supposed to be today. Historically (looking at the least few years) it has been the 27th or 28th.

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Just now, Adonalsium said:

@seung, @Rabbit Run says it's supposed to be today. Historically (looking at the least few years) it has been the 27th or 28th.

Yup. Last Friday of the month. Late afternoon (offices close at 4:30, so before then).

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I had my interview and one hour later. I got in. I have been formally accepted into Stanford University!!!

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Just now, Marcion said:

I had my interview and one hour later. I got in. I have been formally accepted into Stanford University!!!

 

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6 minutes ago, Marcion said:

I had my interview and one hour later. I got in. I have been formally accepted into Stanford University!!!

YESSSS! Congrats! 

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52 minutes ago, Marcion said:

I had my interview and one hour later. I got in. I have been formally accepted into Stanford University!!!

Congratulations! This is amazing news! The weather in Palo Alto is in any case better than Boston... 

I haven't heard anything from Harvard so I guess I struck out this year. As was expected. Sigh.

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There it is:

Dear Applicant:
Thank you for your interest in Boston University's Graduate Division of Religious Studies. I write to inform you that, unfortunately, admissions to our program have been suspended for this year. We plan to be open again for admission next year, upon the implementation of some changes to our programs that are currently being considered. Because we were not able to consider your application for admission this year, your application fee will be refunded. We very much hope that you will find a suitable place for your studies for next year. If you have questions about applying to our program for the following academic year, I encourage you to be in touch with us over the summer or early next fall.
 

Thank you, and good luck
 

If you could see my face now.... To me, this doesn't speak highly of the program, ranking or no. Get your life together, Boston.

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14 minutes ago, rheya19 said:

There it is:

Dear Applicant:
Thank you for your interest in Boston University's Graduate Division of Religious Studies. I write to inform you that, unfortunately, admissions to our program have been suspended for this year. We plan to be open again for admission next year, upon the implementation of some changes to our programs that are currently being considered. Because we were not able to consider your application for admission this year, your application fee will be refunded. We very much hope that you will find a suitable place for your studies for next year. If you have questions about applying to our program for the following academic year, I encourage you to be in touch with us over the summer or early next fall.
 

Thank you, and good luck
 

If you could see my face now.... To me, this doesn't speak highly of the program, ranking or no. Get your life together, Boston.

That refund though... so happy

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10 minutes ago, Marcion said:

That refund though... so happy

What about the GRE fee, eh? Anyone know?

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4 minutes ago, axiomness said:

What about the GRE fee, eh? Anyone know?

If only...

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10 minutes ago, axiomness said:

What about the GRE fee, eh? Anyone know?

That's through ETS though so I don't think we can get a refund for that one I'm afraid...

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1 hour ago, Marcion said:

I had my interview and one hour later. I got in. I have been formally accepted into Stanford University!!!

You should update your acceptances!

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1 minute ago, MarthUser said:

That's through ETS though so I don't think we can get a refund for that one I'm afraid...

$35 dollars to mail a piece of paper with 3 numbers on it. 

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Waitlisted at PTS... That's THREE waitlists I have to wait for.... =[

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