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Hi all,

 

As if the whole graduate admissions process anxiety hasn't already gotten to me, I have yet another possibly big reason to be anxious. I applied to the wrong program and all but certain it was an accident. I'm applying to Rutgers Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, specifically the Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP) program. Now I'm assuming that in my haste I selected it by accident while filling out the application, and I did see I applied for MCRS before but didn't think anything of it at the time up until today when one of my recommenders pointed it out to me that Master of City and Regional Studies (MCRS) was different from MCRP. I promptly called the admissions officer who I had communicated with last week about another matter and left a message on her voicemail (they were gone for the day when I called) regarding the issue. I'm. sure she'll call me back tomorrow but I'm still panicking that nothing can be done. Both programs are under the same umbrella (for lack of a better term) so that's giving me a sliver of hope that this is a mistake that can be corrected easily, but I'm still extremely anxious about it. Has anyone had any similar experience and can possibly give me some guidance on what I can do/expect?

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It sounds to me that due to the similarities of the programs, it's likely that at the least you would be able to transfer into the correct program once/if you are admitted. It might take a semester to transfer or they may do it immediately when you are enrolled.

 

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14 hours ago, lowkeypanicking said:

Hi all,

 

As if the whole graduate admissions process anxiety hasn't already gotten to me, I have yet another possibly big reason to be anxious. I applied to the wrong program and all but certain it was an accident. I'm applying to Rutgers Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, specifically the Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP) program. Now I'm assuming that in my haste I selected it by accident while filling out the application, and I did see I applied for MCRS before but didn't think anything of it at the time up until today when one of my recommenders pointed it out to me that Master of City and Regional Studies (MCRS) was different from MCRP. I promptly called the admissions officer who I had communicated with last week about another matter and left a message on her voicemail (they were gone for the day when I called) regarding the issue. I'm. sure she'll call me back tomorrow but I'm still panicking that nothing can be done. Both programs are under the same umbrella (for lack of a better term) so that's giving me a sliver of hope that this is a mistake that can be corrected easily, but I'm still extremely anxious about it. Has anyone had any similar experience and can possibly give me some guidance on what I can do/expect?

First off, I am so sorry you have to go through this anxiety! I can't even imagine how you must be feeling. Even though this is a hard time, and your mind might be racing, it is important to remember that we are humans, and of course there will always be unintentional and intentional mistakes made by humans! Accidents happen, so I hope you are not thinking poorly of yourself or anything like that. I'm sure many people have made similar mistakes. Second, thank you for sharing this post with us, because although it's hard to talk about when you're in a vulnerable state, you may really be helping someone else who didn't have the courage to ask this.

My fingers are crossed for you, and I am hoping that because both programs are so similar, you will be in the clear! Please keep us posted, and I am here if you need to talk. I apologize for not being more helpful; I have not had this experience!

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