oldacct Posted February 10, 2017 Share Posted February 10, 2017 Many of us have already or will be receiving denials. Not only to programs we knew may be a stretch, but also to programs that we were confident we would get into. Just wanted to share a few things: 1) I've heard from an admitted student that they were told by a middle range program that they were denied because they thought this applicant would ultimately deny the offer and hold up the waitlist. Remember, it's in the university's best interest to accept the best candidates that will likely attend. So it is possible that you'll receive denials because programs think you'll choose somewhere else or that you'll be unhappy there. 2) On a similar note, an article on Posselt's book on admission processes of elite schools states: For instance, those whose programs were not at the very top of the rankings frequently talked about not wanting to offer a spot to someone they believed would go to a higher-ranked program. They didn't want their department to be the graduate equivalent of what high school students applying to college call a "safety school." In this sense many of these departments turned down superior candidates, some of whom might have enrolled. Many of the professors sound insecure about their programs even though they are among the very best. 3) Ultimately, I know it sucks to be denied. Especially if you are denied to all the programs you applied for, but just know that denials are very common with graduate school admissions and that's why many of us apply to several programs or apply during multiple seasons. Good luck! high_hopes, Aucitronvert, theorynetworkculture and 2 others 5 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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