A few questions have come in since we started to release decisions yesterday and I wanted to take an entry to address some of the common inquiries. Many of the questions have had to do with whether the decisions we sent out in the first batch were limited to a particular category of admission status. The answer to this question is both yes and no.
The first batch of decisions we sent out included MIA and MPA applicants from all three categories that I commented on in recent posts: waitlist candidates, admitted candidates, and candidates not admitted to the program. It is true however that the Admissions Committee is still meeting to discuss scholarship offers and thus the first batch of decisions did not include any candidates offered a first-year scholarship award.
I should also note that no MPA-DP decisions have been posted yet. The Committee that reviews MPA-DP candidates is still meeting but decisions should go out very soon.
Related to the topic of scholarships, some have asked how we will notify candidates that applied for the International Fellows Program (IFP) if they were selected. If a candidate has been chosen as an International Fellow this information will be included in the admission letter. To say it another way, if no information about the IFP program is present in the admission letter this means a candidate has not been chosen for the program.
Some questions asked were also about whether the decisions sent in the first batch were related to country of origin or citizenship. The answer to that question is no. The decisions we sent or will send in the future are not divided by country of origin or citizenship.
The question was also posed of whether decisions are released in alphabetical order. The answer to that is most definitely no.
For those waiting, I know it is hard, but again our process is a bit complex and the availability of Committee members has a direct impact on how fast we can make final decisions. We appreciate your patience as we work as quickly as we are able to make final decisions. When decisions are made we will post them to the system and an email will be sent to the email address listed on the application.