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I didn’t get the admission decision I wanted. What do I do now?

This post was adapted from a previous version.

By now you’ve checked your email and have learned that we released Fall 2017 entry admissions decisions. When you did read your decision, I’m sure you went through a mix of emotions. Good or bad, there are some things our waitlisted candidates and those who weren’t granted admission should know going forward. So I’ve gone through our archives to see which questions were frequently asked last year and came up with a few things you should know now that decisions are live. (If you haven’t heard back yet, keep an eye on your inbox as we have a handful more that will trickle out over the next few days.)

The Waitlist
If you’ve been waitlisted that doesn’t mean your story has ended with SIPA. Your application showed a lot of promise, but in the end, there were more highly competitive candidates than we have seats for at SIPA. That can be tough to read, but the good news is some of you will move from the waitlist to the admitted students list. Just be patient with us as it takes some time. Our waitlist isn’t ranked so I can’t tell you the likelihood of you being admitted. However, I can tell you that we’ll reexamine the waitlist starting May 2, 2017, and we’ll release final decisions for waitlisted candidates by July 1, 2017. (If you’re an international student, you’ll still have time to apply for a visa if you don’t procrastinate the process once you’re admitted off the waitlist.)

If you want to keep us informed of your academic and professional pursuits, we will only review new test scores and transcripts. So if you’ve retaken the GRE/GMAT or TOEFL/IELTS or have taken additional quantitative coursework to support your application, feel free to send them along by April 30, 2017.  Just email us the documents, your name and application number to sipa_admission@sipa.columbia.edu with “Supplemental Waitlist Materials from Your Name” in the subject line.  I would also recommend you send us everything at once instead of in batches over several weeks.

And if you don’t want to be considered for admission to SIPA anymore, please send us an email at sipa_admission@sipa.columbia.edu with your name and application number.

Please keep in mind that we cannot provide periodic updates on your standing. Thus, you should only email us if you have a specific request regarding your waitlisted application (e.g., to update your application or remove it from consideration).

Appeal An Admissions Decision
The Admissions Committee reviews each application thoroughly and with great care. All decisions are final, and there isn’t an appeal process.

Requesting Application Feedback
If you tracked the blog when we were discussing Spring 2017 admission then you probably already know the answer. For those of you who don’t, I’m just going to link you to those same resources. Due to the volume of applications, we cannot offer individual feedback. I recommend you review our Evaluation Criteria and Requesting Feedback pages.

Reapply To SIPA
If you didn’t get the admission decision you were hoping for, you are welcome to reapply to SIPA. As a reapplicant, you must abide by the same deadlines, fees and requirements as first-time applicants. As a benefit, you may reapply using the personal statement, reference letters, test scores and transcripts from this year’s application. But I encourage you to at least submit new essays (and possibly recommendation letters) as the questions change every year. When next year’s application goes live in mid-August 2017, email us at sipa_admission@columbia.edu with “Reapplicant Request To Use Past Materials for Your Name” in the subject line and specify which of these materials you want to reuse. For details on reapplicant process, visit our Reapplication page.

Thank Your Recommenders
You’re either thinking “duh” or “oh yeah” with this step. It’s an obvious next step to take, but many applicants still forget to do this. And no matter the admissions decision, it’s a nice gesture to thank your recommenders one more time for their help. They took time out of their busy schedules to write you a letter, and I’m sure they’re curious to know how things turned out. And if you weren’t admitted, this could be your chance to hear some words or wisdom and ask them for suggestions on strengthening your application for next year.

Saying Goodbye
On behalf of the entire Admissions Committee, I want to thank you for your effort. We all got to know you through your application materials and it was an honor to read about your achievements and ambitions for the future. If you ultimately decide to decline your admissions offer, remove yourself from the waitlist or won’t reapply next year, please know that we hope you’ll continue to develop your academic and professional experience for whatever your future might hold. And I wholeheartedly wish you luck in your future endeavors.

 

I didn’t get the admission decision I wanted. What do I do now?

By now you’ve checked your email and have learned that we released Fall 2016 entry admissions decisions. When you did read your decision, I’m sure you went through a mix of emotions. Good or bad, there are some things our waitlisted candidates and those who weren’t granted admission should know going forward. So I’ve gone through our archives to see which questions were frequently asked last year, and came up with a few things you should know now that decisions are live. (If you haven’t heard back yet, keep an eye on your inbox as we have a handful more that will trickle out over the next few days.)

The Waitlist
If you’ve been waitlisted that doesn’t mean your story has ended with SIPA. Your application showed a lot of promise, but in the end there were more highly competitive candidate than we have seats for at SIPA. That can be tough to read, but the good news is some of you will move from the waitlist to the admitted students list. Just be patient with us as it takes some time. Our waitlist isn’t ranked so I can’t tell you the likelihood of you being admitted. However, I can tell you that we’ll reexamine the waitlist starting in mid-May 2016, and we’ll release final decisions for waitlisted candidates later in July 2016. (If you’re an international student, you’ll still have time to apply for a visa if you don’t procrastinate the process once you’re admitted from the waitlist.)

If you want to keep us informed of your academic and professional pursuits, we will only review new test scores and transcripts. So if you’ve retaken the GRE/GMAT or TOEFL/IELTS or have taken additional quantitative coursework to support your application, feel free to send them along by May 31, 2016.  Just email us the documents, your name and application number to sipa_admission@sipa.columbia.edu with “Supplemental Waitlist Materials from Your Name” in the subject line.  Please do not send us any unsolicited supplemental information such as updated essays, resumes, award announcements or supplemental reference letters.

And if you don’t want to be considered for admission to SIPA anymore, please send us an email at sipa_admission@sipa.columbia.edu with your name and application number.

Please keep in mind that we cannot provide periodic updates on your standing. Thus, you should only email us if you have a specific request regarding your waitlisted application (e.g., to update your application or remove it for consideration).

Reapply To SIPA
If you didn’t get the admission decision you were hoping for, you are welcome to reapply to SIPA. As a reapplicant, you must abide by the same deadlines, fees and requirements as first-time applicants. As a benefit, you may reapply using the personal statement, reference letters, test scores and transcripts from this year’s application. But I encourage you to at least submit new essays (and possibly recommendation letters) as the questions change every year. When next year’s application goes live in mid-August 2016, email us at sipa_admission@columbia.edu with “Reapplicant Request To Use Past Materials for Your Name” in the subject line and specify which of these materials you want to reuse. For details on reapplicant process, visit our Reapplication page.

Appeal An Admissions Decision
The Admissions Committee reviews each application thoroughly and with great care. All decisions are final, so there isn’t an appeal process.

Thank Your Recommenders
You’re either thinking “duh” or “oh yeah” with this step. It’s an obvious next step to take, but many applicants still forget to do this. And no matter the admissions decision, it’s a nice gesture to thank your recommenders one more time for their help. They took time out of their busy schedules to write you a letter, and I’m sure they’re curious to know how things turned out. And if you weren’t admitted, this could be your chance to hear some words or wisdom and ask them for suggestions on strengthening your application for next year.

Saying Goodbye
On behalf of the entire Admissions Committee I want to thank you for your effort. We all got to know you through your application materials and it was honor to read about your achievements and ambitions for the future. If you ultimately decide to decline your admissions offer, remove yourself from the waitlist or won’t reapply next year, please know that we hope you’ll continue to develop your academic and professional experience for whatever your future might hold. And I wholeheartedly wish you luck in your future endeavors.

A Note to Admitted Students

To everyone who’s had a difficult time reaching the Admissions Office, I want to personally apologize for our delay in responding to you. Since releasing admission decisions in March, we’ve received an overwhelming number of visitors, phone calls, voicemails and emails. We’re working on responding to everyone’s concerns in a timely manner, and I hope you’re able to wait it out just a little bit longer.

In the meantime, I wanted to recap some important blog posts you may have missed in recent weeks. As a newly-admitted student, I think you’ll find this information useful. Please review the links below for answers to many of your questions about submitting official transcripts, tracking your GRE scores, scholarship announcements, and more.

What to do now that decisions are live

About the application status page

Additionally, I thought you might like to read about what some of our current students have been up to this semester:

Learning public policy from the stars

A view from the class: Isabella Gristani V., MPA ’15

A view from the class: Kevin Kravitz, MIA ’16 & Tsechu Dolma, MPA ’15

Selim Sazak, MIA ’15, writes on nuclear nonproliferation

Matthew Graham, MIA ’15, writes guest post for Forbes.com

 

I look forward to meeting many of you tomorrow, April 7, at Admitted Students’ Day 2015 (details here). And if you haven’t already, I encourage you respond to your offer of admission to SIPA today!

If you have any questions as a newly-admitted student, please email us sipa_new@columbia.edu. Prospective students may email us at sipa_admission@columbia.edu.

What to do now that decisions are live

Hi everyone,

As you may already be aware, decisions rolled out Monday afternoon. While the majority of decisions have already gone out, we plan to release the remainder over the next few days. It hasn’t been easy issuing a mix of decisions to hundreds of qualified candidates, but the Admissions Committee has done a fantastic job nonetheless. While not all decision letters have brought happy news, I know you have questions about what to do next. Thus, I thought this would be a good time to recap what it all means; from waitlists to appeals, and everything in between.

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Top 10 Communication Tips 2011 – #2

This is the second entry in our “Top 10″ list for you to consider when communicating with our office and applying.

Number 2 – Avoid Unnecessarily Creating a Duplicate Online Application

I am sure almost everyone has forgotten a user name of password.  However, please do not follow the temptation to simply create a new application in our system if you forget this information.  Having multiple applications in the system can lead to problems with document tracking.  Our software provider has tools that will allow you to retrieve your user name and password so do not create another account because you forgot your user name or password.

As an example of what can happen, perhaps you have one “active” application in the system and one that is “hibernating” (you lost the user name or password) and will never be used.  Our office does not know which is the “real” application and this may lead to our office tracking different documents to different applications and therefore neither of the applications may reach complete status.  Please contact technical support (see instructions on the application site) if you lose your user name or password and do not succumb to the temptation to create a new application.

There is one important footnote.  In some cases SIPA does allow for applications to more than one program.  In this case, applicants will want to create more than one application in the online system and inform our office that they are applying to two different programs by sending an email to sipa_admission@columbia.edu.  Here are some important details.  In examples 2 and 3 below, the same application system is used, but two separate applications must be created.

1. An applicant may not apply to both the MIA and MPA program.

2. An applicant may apply to the MIA or the MPA and to any of the following programs:  PEPM, PESP, MPA-DP, EMPA.

3.  Applicants can also apply for either the MIA or MPA and any one of the international dual degree programs listed here: an MPA with the London School of Economics, an MPA with Sciences Po, an MPP with Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, an MPP with the Hertie School of Governance, and an MIA or MPA with FGV-EAESP in São Paolo.

4. The dual degree MIA program with Sciences Po requires that an application be submitted only through the Sciences Po application site.  If an applicant wishes to apply for the dual MIA degree with Sciences Po and to SIPA, that is fine and would require two applications: 1) one for the dual degree program through the Sciences Po Web site 2) One for the stand alone program at SIPA through our online system.

For details on all of our international dual degree programs, visit our international dual degree page.   If any of this sounds confusing, I do not blame you – it can be a bit complex.  If you have questions about our international dual degree programs we have an adviser that can assist you.  His contact information is here.   If applying to a Columbia University dual degree program, you must submit separate applications to each school.  For a list of Columbia dual degree programs click here.

It is possible to create two applications in our system, but you should only do so if you are absolutely sure.  This is one of those circumstances where it might make the most sense to contact our office if you do not feel you understand all of the details.  You can reach us at sipa_admission@columbia.edu.

And one final note, if you are reapplying do not use a previous PIN number.  Each application is associated with a unique PIN.  So if you are reapplying be sure to create a new application to create a new PIN number.

"The most global public policy school, where an international community of students and faculty address world challenges."

—Merit E. Janow, Dean, SIPA, Professor of Practice, International and Economic Law and International Affairs

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