The Office of Admissions & Financial Aid is closed today for a university-wide holiday — Election Day. We’ll reopen during normal business hours on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016.

In the interim, I know you’ve got questions; especially if you’ve applied to the Spring 2017. So see below some of the common questions (with answers) we’ve gotten in the last week.

When will Spring 2017 admissions decisions be released? Keep an eye on your inbox as decisions will go out in the next 2-3 weeks.

If admitted, how long will I have to make my decision? Refer to the details in your admission letter, but typically for spring it’s a tight turnaround and most applicants are given two weeks.

If I’m not admitted, can I reapply? Of course! I just wouldn’t recommend reapplying for Fall 2017 admission. Basically, you’re only giving yourself 3-4 months between applications, and I’m looking to see how you’ve enhanced your candidacy since your last application. In the eyes of the Admissions Committee its tough to make a compelling case in only a couple of months, so take a full year, year-and-a-half, or longer to strengthen your application and gain greater focus on what you exactly want to do. (And reference your admissions decision letter and the Evaluation Criteria page for details on what we look for in a strong candidate.)

How can I stay involved with SIPA before I start the program (if admitted or I’m applying to Fall 2017)? Great question! First, don’t unsubscribe to our emails because when you do you unsubscribe from EVERYTHING emailed by the Admissions Office, join us for the kick-off Diversity Spotlight Series event on Nov. 14, and browse SIPA’s Calendar of Events for more upcoming events. I’m also hosting a series of Facebook Live sessions with our concentration directors, so check the Recruitment Calendar frequently as the list will be updated throughout the winter.

I’m applying to Fall 2017 and I’m new to the Admissions Blog. Help! How to access (and prepare for) the admissions video essay” and “Tips for Spring 2017 applicants” should help get you on your feet. (Yes, even if you’re applying to Fall, read the Spring blog post!)


Well, that’s all I’ve got for now. Enjoy your Tuesday, and until next time. 🙂