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Dissecting the Application Checklist

With the final enrollment deadline here, I wanted to share with our newly-admitted students (and newly-enrolled students) an update to your status pages. If you’ve visited the Status Page or read this January 7 blog post, you are already familiar with how it works. And you may have noticed it can be ambiguous with the details, specifically regarding the Application Checklist. During the application period, the Application Checklist uses red Xs and green checkmarks indicating if our office received your required application materials. It distinguishes between “Awaiting” and “Received,” depending on if we had acquired your materials or not; without discerning between official and unofficial. Thus, for our admitted students it’s not quite that easy to see the differences in the received status of your official vs. unofficial documents.

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About the application status page

Our inbox count as of January 7, 2014

Our inbox count as of January 7, 2014

As you can see in the screenshot above, there have been a lot of emails coming our way this week. (Please be patient with us; we’re answering them as fast as we can.) During this process, we’ve noticed that many of you are concerned about the status of your missing materials. To help alleviate some of those concerns, we’re answering some common questions right here.

But first, if you’ve submitted your application by the fellowship deadline, you shouldn’t worry. We’ve received it and your uploaded materials. It’s just taking us some time to process the applications and match up your uploaded records to your snail-mail papers and previously emailed materials. Sadly, there’s no magical solution to this. Our admissions staff actually have to review each application by hand, so it’s taking us a while to match up transcripts, recommendation letters and test scores.

To verify we’ve received your materials, please make sure you regularly check your status page. (You may check your status by logging in to your application here.) It’s your responsibility to ensure we’ve received your materials. While checking your status page, you may have noticed a few Xs on the page. We’ll explain what they mean below.

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