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I too have applied to USC (CS PhD at Viterbi) and it is my only application. At this time of the year, I'm starting to believe less and less in the possibility of an admittance. Even though I'm totally at peace with whatever answer I get. The wait is still killing me!

 

Anyone knows when USC will send out rejection emails? What order they use? Where they are in the process?

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Finally an acceptance!!!!!! Gahhhhhhhh! thank you thank you thank you <3

Dear AdCom Gods and Goddesses, Its me, the student who got in all of her apps and paperwork weeks before the deadline. You know the one who normally gets everything in late but thought that applying

Three quarters of the story would be the student staring blankly at an unresponsive email account.

The website for my program said most decisions would be made available by March 15 ... but all students would be notified by JULY 1!!

Losing my mind doesn't even begin to describe how I'm feeling. The results page had one acceptance to the Master's program (about a month ago) in that department, but not the PhD.

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The website for my program said most decisions would be made available by March 15 ... but all students would be notified by JULY 1!!

Losing my mind doesn't even begin to describe how I'm feeling. The results page had one acceptance to the Master's program (about a month ago) in that department, but not the PhD.

 

OK, that is a ridiculously long potential wait, but I'm glad that you still have a shot!

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If I don't hear anything by Tuesday, I'm going to email. If I might not get a decision until July, I don't know how I'll relocate my whole family, buy/sell houses, etc. before school starts ...

Just trying to breathe. :(

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Is anybody else starting to get somewhat pissed off? There are the schools where its obvious that I was rejected since they had interview weekends and such and I wasn't invited, and I haven't heard from then which is fine. But there are two schools, one of which I had several interviews and a visit at (over a month ago) and I'm getting complete silence (and as far as I know so is everyone else) and one school which apparently hasn't sent anything out to anyone. Its nearing the end of March. Ugh.

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I used to love weekends, now I hate them. 

 

I never thought I would long for business days as much as I do now. I look forward to Mondays, because they at least holds the possibility of some news, maybe a letter or an email... 

 

Yup! My experience exactly.

 

The website for my program said most decisions would be made available by March 15 ... but all students would be notified by JULY 1!!

Losing my mind doesn't even begin to describe how I'm feeling. The results page had one acceptance to the Master's program (about a month ago) in that department, but not the PhD.

 

I don't even understand this, ridiculous.

 

I have decided that to take my mind off waiting, I am going to start some sort of cleanse. Nothing excessive, I will just cut out processed foods and go to the gym 6x a week. My thinking is, if I don't get accepted I am sure I will turn to comfort foods. So the cleanse will prevent me from gaining a lot of weight

 

(I have officially lost my mind)

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I haven't hears anything official back yet!! I got rejected from one school, but didn't actually send in an app to the school, just the POI. I have one unofficial acceptance but getting worried because that was two weeks ago and I still don't have the official yet.

 

I too, officially hate the weekend! I just want to know already...

 

/venting

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Woops scratch that, just got word of another rejection-  they had to postpone the grad position one year so it's more that the project couldn't go on and I could apply again next year...meh.

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First time posting here...

 

Is anybody else starting to get somewhat pissed off? There are the schools where its obvious that I was rejected since they had interview weekends and such and I wasn't invited, and I haven't heard from then which is fine. But there are two schools, one of which I had several interviews and a visit at (over a month ago) and I'm getting complete silence (and as far as I know so is everyone else) and one school which apparently hasn't sent anything out to anyone. Its nearing the end of March. Ugh.

 

Concur with you, OhMySocks! I applied to 2 universities for their MA program and for one particular university, most candidates that I interviewed with already received their official acceptance from the program coordinator. Me? Nada - and to make things worse, my emails to said program coordinator on a variety of questions pre and post interviews have never been responded. Makes me kinda wonder whether I'm actually wanted in the program. Though I did have some nice conversations with the current students in the program who have assured me that it is an ongoing process and it's only been 10 days since the interviews. Guess what irritated me was the fact that he/she does not have the slightest courtesy of even acknowledging the emails that I've sent with a reply. *sigh*

 

Trying to stay positive but things are looking pretty bleak. :(

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Hopefully it will amuse someone that, while considering what to do (waitlisted at top school, accepted at un-affordable out-of-state PhD with no funding, and accepted at a backup master's program that would be a sensible-ish choice), I just thought to myself, "Don't expect too much, this is no fairy tale..."

After a pause, it occurred to me that of course this is no fairy tale. To the best of my knowledge, there are no grad school admission fairy tales. Somebody should get on writing one of those.

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Hopefully it will amuse someone that, while considering what to do (waitlisted at top school, accepted at un-affordable out-of-state PhD with no funding, and accepted at a backup master's program that would be a sensible-ish choice), I just thought to myself, "Don't expect too much, this is no fairy tale..."

After a pause, it occurred to me that of course this is no fairy tale. To the best of my knowledge, there are no grad school admission fairy tales. Somebody should get on writing one of those.

Three quarters of the story would be the student staring blankly at an unresponsive email account.

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After a very promising interview/recruiting event at my top choice last week, I've been frantically checking my email and the application website more than ever. I left with the sense that I have a very solid chance of getting in (my POI even acted like it was a done deal and that they were waiting on funding), but I really want the official acceptance to put my mind at ease!

 

Now I've just realized that this week is spring break at this school... which means that I'm likely not going to get any news until next Monday at the earliest. It's maddening!

 

If they had rejected me, say, a month ago... I would have been pretty bummed out. But now if they reject me after leading me on at that very positive campus visit, I'll be devastated! Post-interview waiting is the worst. I really just want them to say yes... I'll say yes right back at them if they do!

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I am finally able to stop losing my mind! My final rejection letter was in my inbox this morning. This process is brutal (as everyone here know). I was lucky and have been admitted to a great program, but I was rejected from the other 12 programs I applied to. 12 letters telling me "we regret to inform you....blah, blah, blah," and "we had an overwhelming number of highly qualified applicants....blah, blah, blah." Ouch and good riddance.

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I think we all wonder if they monitor how often we check! If they did do that, they would likely learn that the vast majority of applicants suffer from temporary obsessive-compulsive disorder that spontaneously resolves once the program posts their freakin' decision! :P

I keep checking the websites as well, and then I wonder if the schoosl look at how often I check. I'm sure they don't but they would think I am obsessive if they did!!

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Still waiting from stony brook (genetics) but I am near mental breakdown as my parents just tell me to give up on grad school and find jobs.

I plan to work for my professor for 1 more year as there are a positive results (although right now just a little), yet my parents don't like this idea, saying that employers will question me about why I don't find a job in the gap year

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Still waiting from stony brook (genetics) but I am near mental breakdown as my parents just tell me to give up on grad school and find jobs.

I plan to work for my professor for 1 more year as there are a positive results (although right now just a little), yet my parents don't like this idea, saying that employers will question me about why I don't find a job in the gap year

 

Wouldn't working for your professor be a job??

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Zabius, I feel your pain. I'm in the same boat. Ugh.

Same here. I had a very promising interview/recruiting event too. However, one of the members of our group told us that you may still be rejected after all these so unless there is an official message, there is no guarantee 

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