Admissions

How Does the Application-Evaluation Process Actually Work?

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Can you break down the entire process of what happens to an application after it's received? Whether there are multiple review levels, whether applications are "graded," what happens if people send additional information later, what happens during the deferral process, etc?

There is no one universal way that admission staff approach the complex application-evaluation process. So any book or article that suggests otherwise should be eyed with skepticism. However, at most institutions, each application (which means all associated materials, of course, and not just the application itself) will be read by a “regional rep" (this is the staff member assigned to oversee applications from a specific geographic area) plus at least one other staff member who reads randomly (meaning that this person is seeing applications from throughout the pool).

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