As all of our applicants already know, today is the absolutely last day they can apply to the MIA, MPA or MPA-DP programs for Fall 2016 admission. Let me repeat that: the Fall 2016 application deadline is TODAY, Feb. 5, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

I know some of you have a lot on your plates today, so I don’t want to take up your time with an extensive blog post. Instead, I just want to wish everyone good luck on your applications. 

However, I know you don’t really need my well wishes. I have been reading applications and answering one-on-one inquiries for several weeks, and I can tell that you all are a talented, passionate and dedicated group. There is an extraordinary force in all of you, and I know it will shine through in your admissions materials. 

The force of something special is definitely in the Star Wars franchise. J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the highest-grossing film of all time in North America. As of February 2016, it is the No. 3 film of all time worldwide, according to, which tracks the film industry.

The Office of Admissions looks forward to receiving the final batch of applications today. And for the final time this year, buena suerte, hazz saeid, saubhaagy, Viel Glück, Zhù nǐ hǎo yùn…and good luck.