Finding someone to talk to at SIPA during the winter break may seem like a scavenger hunt. The halls are a bit quieter but the news broadcast from the television can still be heard echoing through the lobby. Students and faculty depart after finals to take advantage of the time to visit family and friends or to work on their Capstone project [or books] on another “island” (that is not Manhattan).
However, with application deadlines around the corner, I am sure you are busily working on putting together the strongest application. During this period if you find yourself wrestling with questions, don’t pull out your hair. You can still find support in the Admissions Office. Call (212-854-6216) or write or visit. We will be here to answer your questions. Unfortunately, the school kicks us out of the building for a few days so be mindful of our holiday schedule.
SIPA Admissions and Financial Aid Holiday Schedule:
- Monday, December 23: Closing @ 2pm
- Tuesday, December 24 & Wednesday, December 25: CLOSED
- Thursday, December 26 & Friday, December 27: Open 9am – 5pm
- Monday, December 30: Closing @ 2pm
- Tuesday, December 31 & Wednesday, January 1: CLOSED
- Regular office schedule resumes Thursday, January 2
If you emailed us recently and have not heard back from our office, please know we are trying our best to respond to all of the email messages we have received “in a timely manner” but there’s A LOT; and more coming in each day as we get closer to the January 6 application deadline [with merit fellowship consideration].
Since we are kind of on the topic of fellowship and deadlines, there is still some confusion to where an applicant can find the “other” scholarship applications (i.e. Lemann, IFP, Harriman, Jayanti, etc.). After you have submitted your admission application, the scholarship applications will appear. A separate scholarship application/essay is required for each scholarship opportunity. The SIPA scholarship applications must be submitted by January 27 so the earlier you submit your admission application, the more time you will have to work on the scholarship applications. These [SIPA scholarships] are additional opportunities outside of the MERIT fellowship process. All applicants who submit a completed admission application by January 6 are automatically considered for a merit fellowship and no additional application/essay is required. Our final admission application deadline is February 5 so if SIPA funding is not a concern for you, then you have an additional 4 weeks to pull together your application — so enjoy the holiday festivities.