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UNC's admissions page says that they start giving out domestic acceptances in February. I'd assume the people who got acceptances in January are outstanding applicants.

 

I also assume that a lot of people who applied to UNC may have also applied to other top schools. UNC may wait to see how many of those people decline before sending out more acceptances. Looking at their admits and enrollment stats on the graduate home website it looks like quite a few people get accepted and don't enroll.

 

That's how I rationalize in my head that I may still get accepted there.

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I hope! I was just basing this off of the results page trends - last year, they had sent out all acceptances (except one) in January and then all the rejections rolled out on February 15th (this Friday!). Although, the year before they were sending out acceptances up to February 25th.

 

I am still very optimistic. Someone in my group applied last year and got an acceptance on I think the 14th. I didn't apply until a few hours before the deadline so I sort of expected mine to go down to the last minute. 

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UNC's admissions page says that they start giving out domestic acceptances in February. I'd assume the people who got acceptances in January are outstanding applicants.

 

I also assume that a lot of people who applied to UNC may have also applied to other top schools. UNC may wait to see how many of those people decline before sending out more acceptances. Looking at their admits and enrollment stats on the graduate home website it looks like quite a few people get accepted and don't enroll.

 

That's how I rationalize in my head that I may still get accepted there.

 

That makes me feel better. I hope those who've been accepted and don't intend to go decline soon! I am waiting to hear from UNC before I know for sure which schools I'll be visiting. Good luck to everyone that's waiting!

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great to see this year people talking about going to universities like UNC, UT-Austin, Colorado, Michigan, UC-Davis, Rochester, Utah etc etc....... last year I only saw people talking MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Scripps etc etc ... and made me feel like only these schools were great.... and others were not so great ........ I am an international student and my knowledge about US grad schools was not so great before actually joining a school and hence I wondered before accepting the offer whether any school outside the Ivy Leagues and Scripps was actually that good .... :(

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great to see this year people talking about going to universities like UNC, UT-Austin, Colorado, Michigan, UC-Davis, Rochester, Utah etc etc....... last year I only saw people talking MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Scripps etc etc ... and made me feel like only these schools were great.... and others were not so great ........ I am an international student and my knowledge about US grad schools was not so great before actually joining a school and hence I wondered before accepting the offer whether any school outside the Ivy Leagues and Scripps was actually that good .... :(

I'm glad that this hasn't happened again this year; every grad school has a chance of being a great fit with someone!

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great to see this year people talking about going to universities like UNC, UT-Austin, Colorado, Michigan, UC-Davis, Rochester, Utah etc etc....... last year I only saw people talking MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Scripps etc etc ... and made me feel like only these schools were great.... and others were not so great ........ I am an international student and my knowledge about US grad schools was not so great before actually joining a school and hence I wondered before accepting the offer whether any school outside the Ivy Leagues and Scripps was actually that good .... :(

I was guilty of that last year - applying to the most elite institutions I could. I bet I'm not the only person for whom that didn't work out. 

With hindsight I would almost certainly have struggled in the competitive atmosphere of those places, so I'm glad that I applied more broadly and prioritised based on fit/atmosphere, not reputation. 

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Ah the Berkeley denial finally comes in. I wish the rest of the decisions would just come in so I could decide!

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Will any of you guys decide on a graduate school without visiting? I plan to visit all/most of the schools, even some of the "lower tier" programs because I can't imagine making such a big decision without meeting the faculty/students and checking out the facilities.

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Will any of you guys decide on a graduate school without visiting? I plan to visit all/most of the schools, even some of the "lower tier" programs because I can't imagine making such a big decision without meeting the faculty/students and checking out the facilities.

 

I declined two because they don't offer as good of a fit as other schools I heard back from. I feel like there can be instances where you can say with pretty good confidence that you don't feel one school is as good of a fit as another (or a set of others). As for accepting an offer without visiting, I couldn't see myself feeling comfortable doing that.

Edited by Faraday

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Will any of you guys decide on a graduate school without visiting? I plan to visit all/most of the schools, even some of the "lower tier" programs because I can't imagine making such a big decision without meeting the faculty/students and checking out the facilities.

I've got plenty of questions I want to ask, and so will visit and then make the decision. I think I know which one I'm going for...but the visit will allow me to gather extra (vital) information, talk to the faculty & grad students and make sure there are no warning lights flashing at any point when I'm there.

Also, I'm kinda excited about a US holiday... 

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Will any of you guys decide on a graduate school without visiting? I plan to visit all/most of the schools, even some of the "lower tier" programs because I can't imagine making such a big decision without meeting the faculty/students and checking out the facilities.

 

I'm following the same philosophy, though i have declined one already without visiting (for the reason Faraday names). 

 

Also - rejection from Berkeley. Can't say I'm shocked. One more to wait for!

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Denied from UNC. It's a bummer, but I am really excited I got accepted to UMD-CP and VA Tech.

 

I got into 2 out of 4 schools and will be visiting both before I decide. Anyone else visiting Tech or UMD-CP?

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Denied from UNC. It's a bummer, but I am really excited I got accepted to UMD-CP and VA Tech.

 

I got into 2 out of 4 schools and will be visiting both before I decide. Anyone else visiting Tech or UMD-CP?

 

I'm sorry Kthstyk :( I have a feeling I'll be getting my rejection email today too. What time did they email you?

 

Congrats on your acceptances to VA Tech and UMD-CP btw! :D

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Wow I'm losing it. Noticed my email count had increased by one, had a heart attack. Checked it, and it's an ad for Chili's.

 

Come on UNC! Rip the bandage off already so I can begin my descent into despair! :(

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Wow I'm losing it. Noticed my email count had increased by one, had a heart attack. Checked it, and it's an ad for Chili's.

 

Come on UNC! Rip the bandage off already so I can begin my descent into despair! :(

 

Haha, hilarious!

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Hey guys,

 

I have heard no acceptances so far. I applied to 10 schools: Princeton, Yale, Duke, Ohio State U, Rochester, Maryland college park, Stony Brook, Rutgers new brunswick, U of Delaware, and U of Connecticut. I was rejected from OSU and Princeton a few weeks ago and since then Ive heard nothing. I didnt get any rejections today, and Im wondering if I was put on a bunch of wait lists or what the heck is going on. If anyone has any advice or comments that would be great.

 

Here are my scores: 3.3 UGPA at a medium state school, 720 (52%) Chem GRE, 156 Q, 163 V, 350 W, Three good letters of recommendation, one year of undergraduate research. Biology Minor

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Hey guys,

 

I have heard no acceptances so far. I applied to 10 schools: Princeton, Yale, Duke, Ohio State U, Rochester, Maryland college park, Stony Brook, Rutgers new brunswick, U of Delaware, and U of Connecticut. I was rejected from OSU and Princeton a few weeks ago and since then Ive heard nothing. I didnt get any rejections today, and Im wondering if I was put on a bunch of wait lists or what the heck is going on. If anyone has any advice or comments that would be great.

 

Here are my scores: 3.3 UGPA at a medium state school, 720 (52%) Chem GRE, 156 Q, 163 V, 350 W, Three good letters of recommendation, one year of undergraduate research. Biology Minor

 

Check the results page and search for Chemistry PhDs to find out when these schools sent their acceptances and rejections this year and in the past. The grad schools' biggest priority is always the students they want to accept, a lot of places will wait until March to send out official rejections, despite having made their decisions in January/February. Trust me, I know from painful experience.

 

Your other option is to phone up the schools in question and ask about the status of your application. I suspect that since you've not heard anything yet (mid Feb to March is when most Chemistry programs are hosting accepted students at their visiting weekends) you're going to be looking at more rejections than acceptances. Sorry I can't be more encouraging.

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anyone? lol

 

I don't see any problem with it - I certainly did it! Just word it in a way that doesn't make you sound desperate or impatient. I basically said something like this:

 

Dear So-and-so,

 

I am writing to inquire about the status of my application to the chemistry graduate program and was wondering if you could help? With visitation weekends approaching I am trying to coordinate my travel arrangements, however, as X University is my top choice I do not want to make any arrangements before knowing my application status.

 

Thank you for your time...yada yada yada :)

 

One school sent me an acceptance the following day and the other just never responded.

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