Monday, April 13, 2009

Update: Transfers

Hi all!

A few updates on transfer decisions, as we've been getting a number of calls this morning from students. I've posted some questions and answers in the next post (below) for admitted students.

The application numbers I posted on Thursday were only for transfer applicants to the College of Arts and Sciences, so I'm sorry if that caused any confusion. When we include students applying to the professional schools, we had 3,683 applications in all. We have currently admitted about 1,120. We also kept a moderately-sized waitlist, so it's possible that we'll make additional offers of admission this summer. This year we saw a fairly substantial increase in the number of applicants, about 17% more than last year. Consequently, the competition was quite stiff, and we had to turn away many students that we know would have made great additions to our community. Overall, the average GPA for our admitted transfer students was about 3.4, and the average SAT was 1238. PLEASE keep in mind, though, that our review is a holisitic one, and we consider everything we know about a student as we make decisions. Those numbers don't tell the whole story of any student. We read your applications cover-to-cover multiple times, and in the end, we had to make many difficult decisions because we had so many talented applicants.

For those of you who have been placed on the waitlist, we're sorry to extend the suspense. You can accept a position on the waitlist by following the instructions in the decision letter on your homepage. If we're able to admit students off the waitlist, we'll only do so after the May 11 enrollment deadline. We'll review the entire waitlist as a group. We may make several waves of offers, and we probably won't be able to make any offers before the end of May. We'll let everyone know the final decision on their application by June 30.

What else can you do? I'm sorry to say not much. We just need time to see how many students respond to our offer of admission, and how many additional spaces may open up. At the end of your semester, please send us a transcript that will show the final grades of any courses you're currently enrolled in. That's all the information we need.

No decision yet?
It seems from the comments that there are a number of transfer students who aren't seeing their decision online yet. If that's the case, please don't panic. It's not bad news, it just means that we don't have your decision ready yet. It's possible that some of your materials were submitted late, or we just needed additional information before we could make a decision on your application. If you applied to one of the professional schools (Nursing, Education, Dental Hygiene, etc), your letters may arrive at a different time than the bulk of our transfer applicants who apply to the College of Arts and Sciences.

If your decision isn't up yet, please be patient as we continue our work of reading your application. If you are concerned that we may not have received all of your application materials, you can give our office a call to check on the status of your application.