Live Blogging on RD Notification Day (2008)

Good morning all. I’ve been up for about 15 minutes and I am refreshed. I didn’t think I would be able to write that after the mayhem of the last two weeks, but I actually got 8 hours of sleep last night. I don’t think my bed has ever felt more comfortable.

This is the start of my live blogging of the Regular Decision notification release day. There is a lot of tasks on my “to do” list today, but I will try to update frequently throughout the day to let you know how everything is going. I need to go SHAVE (!!!), shower, and then head in to the office. For the mean time, I recommend you go back and read (or re-read) my post from yesterday detailing the entire process for the release of decisions (I’ve added photos):

Breaking News: Decisions to be Released March 28

Be back later!

Posted at 6:30am, March 28, 2008


Quick update time. I got in to the office at around 7:30am and I must say I was suprised by one thing — the sun was out! If you have read previous decision release “live blogging” entries, it seems each morning has always been a bit gloomy and a bit foggy. Today, though it is partially cloudy (or partially sunny) and a bit chilly, there was still spring sunshine and buds on the trees.

I dropped my stuff at my desk and then headed up to the third floor in Mason Hall where the other “early birds” were finishing stuffing folders. For the next three hours we have been busy stuffing the final financial aid packets, pulling international decisions so that we can affix special mailing information, and STAMPING. Yes it takes close to three hours with about 10 people to stamp everything.

With that being said, I need to get back to work. I thought I would leave you all with something that always makes me smile. Enjoy:

Posted at 10:35am, March 28, 2008











Hey all … I am not neglecting the updates. I have just been busy the last few hours … O.K., honestly I have been procrastinating and chatting with two amazing freshmen students, JHU_Jessica and JHU_Lauren. I will be updating in a while, I promise. Enjoy the pictures for now.

Posted at 5:35pm, March 28, 2008


So I know that the live blogging wasn’t as frequent as in the past, but I needed to take some time off this afternoon after we mailed all the decisions. It has been a crazy couple of weeks, and my brain and body needed to relax for a while. I have returned home and have gotten confirmation that the emails are being sent. Before I provide a re-cap of the days events, I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU ALL TO RE-READ MY POST FROM YESTERDAY REGARDING THE RELEASE OF REGULAR DECISION NOTIFICATIONS:

Breaking News: Decisions to be Released March 28

Answers to the majority of your questions are posted there, including details about what happens if you do not receive a decision email.


So beginning after my last significant update (10:35 am this morning), here is what transpired — and yes I will reference the photos above.

10:35 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – After updating I decided to step outside for a fresh breathe of air and I had the camera so I took a nice shot of Mason Hall (pic1). It has been a much easier process this year in the new building … much more space leads to a better flow to the process. After some air it was back to stamping (pic2). It costs more than $4 per priority mail envelope.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. – The sealing commences. Everything is stuffed, everything is stamped, and Dean of Admissions Dr. John Latting (background of pic5) confirms that all decisions are final. The sealing of the envelopes (pics 4 & 5) will take about an hour. As the sealing moves along all the packets are stuffed into mail bins (pic 6). Time to load the cars!!!

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. – I head to my office to get my car keys and look out my window to see 7 tours of prospective students (pic 3). The circle of Admissions … high school juniors beginning the process as high school seniors are finishing up.

It takes four SUVs (including my brand new Chevy Trailblazer (pic7)) to hold all 16,001 decisions. It is a tight squeeze (pics 8 & 9 & 11). Uh oh, don’t forget one (pic 10).

1:15 – 1:25 p.m. – The drive down I-83 to the main Baltimore postal center. Nice artistic side mirror photos thanks to Shannon (pics 12 & 13).

1:25 – 1:35 p.m. – The unloading of tons of bins of mail at the Baltimore postal center. It is a work-out but we get it done quickly, and turn everything over to the U.S. Postal Service. At 1:35 p.m. … WE ARE DONE. The decisions are out of our hands.

1:37 p.m. – Uh oh!!! The caravan of three SUVs are pulled over by the U.S. Postal Service police (pic 14). We are a bit nervous, but it turns out that we were just using the wrong exit. Whew … that was a close one.

1:50 p.m. – Back in the office. The majority of the staff heads home to rest and enjoy the rest of the day off. I bunker down with Jessica and Lauren working on updating the Hopkins Forums and our Facebook groups. We procrastinate a bit (the three of us need it). Thanks to both of them for keeping me going today.

5:35 p.m. – I update the blog quickly … end the procrastinating … confirm that the Admitted Student Web site is launched … and confirm that the email process will begin sometime in the 6 to 7 o’clock hour. I pack up and head home for the evening.


128 thoughts on “Live Blogging on RD Notification Day (2008)

  1. Yea youre right they dont have to type them, but they can’t write the same email and CC it to everyone else.

  2. my only guess is that the emails are released in the order that they were decided…there is not really any pattern…

  3. Rejected. I am just so bummed. I loved Hopkins, as all of you must have. Congrats to the accepted.
    I’ve always wondered this, are all rejection letters the same?

  4. Hi, my son was accepted yesterday, we still can’t believe it. We do hope he got accepted into Biomedical Engineering though,Hopkins is just an amazing University.

  5. Congratulations to everyone who got in. My son is in wait list. It’s disappointed. I still believe that my son is highly qualified and good enough to get into Hopkins. I would like to show his qualifications and would like some comments from you guys which part he is not doing enough. I am from India. However, my son was born in US. He is in a very good high school. He has been doing community services for 4 years. He is a leader in several science clubs. He is National Merit Scholarship Finalist. SAT I score 2340, SAT II math 800, Biology 800, History 750. He took all AP courses he could. GPA 3.94 un-weighted. Rank 14 out of 600.
    My son’s good friend is also in wait list. He is Asian too (Chinese). He is even better than my son. SAT I 2360, SAT II math 800, Physics 800, Chemistry 800, English 760. GPA 3.98 un-weighted. Rank 5 out of 600. He will be Rank #1 if GPA is weighted. He is doing community services with my son for 4 years. And a active member/leader in clubs too. They did not play sports since they are not good at them.
    Please let me know what is wrong with these two guys?

  6. Ram:
    please do not assume anything was wrong with your son’s application. your son was not accepted, but he was not rejected either- which means hopkins at least has some interest in your son (and just because someone was rejected does not mean s/he is a bad applicant either). it is possible that your son was not too well rounded out side of academics (specifically science), but i do not want to jump to conclusions because i have not seen his entire application (including essays and letters of recommendation).
    a lot of schools waitlist superb applicants for many reasons. one could be because of focus on their acceptance rate and retention rate. all schools have limited spots for their incoming class so they have to be careful to accept applicants who seem more likely matriculate (i.e. those who seem to be a great fit for the school and those who show tremendous zeal for the school through essays and recommendation letters). perhaps writing a letter of intent could help your son get off the wait list if there is room.
    also, another thing that may have influenced your son getting waitlisted is the issue of “class diversity.” what i mean is hopkins is a school noted for its strength in research, public health studies, biomedical engineering, etc. however, hopkins has many other strengths (including international relations studies, writing seminars, french, etc.) and offers 40+ majors and 30+ minors that need representation as well. it is possible that hopkins limits how many chem majors or IR majors or w/e in order to keep the class balanced.
    hopkins is also known as a great premed/law school. many applicants apply primarily because of that fact. no undegrad would want a class of 700 premed and 500 prelaw students. hopkins has many offerings and the incoming class has to be a mix of diverse interests in order for hopkin’s strengths to be adequately utilized.
    so to conclude, there are many reasons why your son might have been waitlisted. it isn’t fair to just assume something was wrong with his application because there are so many factors that go into deciding who gets accepted/rejected/waitlisted and many of these deciding factors are intangibles.
    i hope your son doesn’t feel slighted (same goes for those rejected). there are many roads that lead to hopkins, if it is indeed the school he wants to attend. also, don’t give up! there’s still a chance he will get off the waitlist (last year students were accepted off the waitlist). just remember to keep showing interest!
    good luck

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