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So I had an interview a couple of weeks ago for a school psychology program and ran into another interviewee who had received notification of their admissions decision. I, however, have not heard anything one way or the other, and contacted the program secretary and was told that more letters would be sent out next week. Does anyone know if there are usually different waves of yes's and no's or if most of the time, or if rejection letters are sent out later? I know there is usually a little bit of both depending on the program, but what has everyone's experiences been with this?

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I can't remember where I read an answer to your question, but it was somewhere on this site.

 

The person who posted it said he thought schools/departments sent decisions in waves. The first admits went to students who were absolutely outstanding in every way.  Likewise, the first rejections went to applicants who obviously could not be considered.  Then, depending on how many of the outstanding admits accepted their offers, the schools worked through their second tier applicants to select the ones they wanted to invite to fill the remaining slots.  Schools worked through their applicants in this way until all their spots were filled. 

 

So the gyst of the post was that if you have not heard anything, it might not be a horrible thing.  You could be considered in the second wave of admits since you have not been immediately rejected.  Hope you are happy with the admits you get!  Good luck!

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I can't remember where I read an answer to your question, but it was somewhere on this site.

 

The person who posted it said he thought schools/departments sent decisions in waves. The first admits went to students who were absolutely outstanding in every way.  Likewise, the first rejections went to applicants who obviously could not be considered.  Then, depending on how many of the outstanding admits accepted their offers, the schools worked through their second tier applicants to select the ones they wanted to invite to fill the remaining slots.  Schools worked through their applicants in this way until all their spots were filled. 

 

So the gyst of the post was that if you have not heard anything, it might not be a horrible thing.  You could be considered in the second wave of admits since you have not been immediately rejected.  Hope you are happy with the admits you get!  Good luck!

Thank you so much, that is really helpful!! And comforting at this point :)

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I'm not sure how this thread devolved to talk of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, but it was awesome nonetheless.

 

To address OP's original question, yes, I think sometimes answers are sent out in waves at some schools.  My school specifically stated that some people will receive answers back before others, but not to assume anything until after April 15.  How nice of them. :)

 

Also ThePope, your signature is freaking the best signature I've seen on this board.  Freaking.  Hilarious.

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