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"Soft rejections?" (still haven't heard anything)


dragonage

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Hi all, 

 

I still have not heard anything from the Ph.D. programs I applied to. Someone at my university said that this is called a "soft rejection," as my application was probably not bad enough to be rejected immediately ("hard" rejection), but it just means I will be notified of rejection later on. 

 

Has anyone else heard of this "soft rejection" term? I think it makes sense, and I guess it is easier for me to move on if I think about it this way. 

 

Wishing the best of luck to everyone else out there! 

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I haven't heard that term, but am in the same position. From what I've heard rejections just come in waves. Did you apply to clinical programs or pure research?

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I haven't heard that term, but am in the same position. From what I've heard rejections just come in waves. Did you apply to clinical programs or pure research?

 

 

how rejections come in waves? i did not understand this

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what is the point in that?

I saw some universities sent acceptances and rejections come in waves. 

 

They probably have a certain number of seats they are looking to fill each year. If admitted students are accepting their offers, the school may send out more rejections, based on some sort of ranking/order. If students are declining/not deciding on their admission offers, they may hold onto applications before sending out rejections. Think of it as an informal wait list.

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They probably have a certain number of seats they are looking to fill each year. If admitted students are accepting their offers, the school may send out more rejections, based on some sort of ranking/order. If students are declining/not deciding on their admission offers, they may hold onto applications before sending out rejections. Think of it as an informal wait list.

That's make a sense.

I guess I'm on an informal waitlist at UCLA.

They sent some acceptences and some rejections.

But i have not heard anything so far.

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Thinking of the small number of rejections that were sent out by some competitive programs, I don't want to raise my hopes! I'm expecting a mass of rejections, which means this wait doesn't necessarily mean I'm on the waitlist..

So, yeah it could be a soft rejection..

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I think it depends on what programmes you've applied. I do hear that some programmes only start sending out rejections slightly before 15/Apr. Maybe one possible solution is to check their website and find out when they will finalise all the applications. And email them if it has been a couple of days after their proposed date.

 

I'm almost in the same boat... Still haven't got any decisions from CMU, which is supposed to come out before 1/Mar. I think I would email them if receiving no emails this week... sigh :( Good luck to all

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