It is currently quite early on the morning of Thursday, March 18 and I am about to head into the office for another long day of committee work. I thought I would post a quick update for all of you and answer the question on most everyone’s mind — when will regular decision notifications be released?
Unfortunately, I do not have an answer to that question yet. I can let you know that we will not be releasing decisions this week nor we will release decisions next week. We will release decisions one day during the week of March 29. Please do not read that sentence as March 29 is the day we will release decision, because that is not true. At the end of next week, we will collectively see where we are with our committee work and Dean Latting then will ultimately decide what day during the week of March 29 is most reasonable for us to be done with our selection process so we can release notifications. We will release decisions no later than Thursday, April 1 and that actually could be the day we release. We could also release on Tuesday (March 30) or Wednesday (March 31). We just do not know yet.
We understand and whole-heartedly respect the anxiety many of you are feeling and that you just want to know what date you will hear the news. Please do not assume that we are dragging out feet and attempting to prolong this process. We are all working morning / day / late night to complete our work, finalize our class, and move on to the fun of April yield events. We want these decisions out as much as you want to receive them, but none of us are willing to rush through a very delicate process. We are all perfectionists at this time of you, and we need to be, especially in a year with such strong quality and a record size applicant pool.
As always, thank you for your patience and as soon as I know something I will update the blog. Since many of you always have questions about how decisions are released, I encouraged you to read through this blog entry I posted at this time last year regarding how we release decision notifications: RD Notification Day (2009) – Decision Release Explained.
Now it is back to committee for me. I hope you all enjoyed the previous blog entries introducing you a bit more to the Johns Hopkins Admissions Committee. I always enjoy learning more about my colleagues and appreciate how diverse and passionate a group of people I get to work with on a daily basis. I hope you all see how much we have invested in this process and how much we care about every last decision we make.
There’s really only one who doesn’t care for this time of year, and that is my dog Soze … that’s why he is lucky to go on a spring vacation down to Florida. Though I miss him a lot while he is away, it is best for him and he gets to enjoy being with my family and niece and nephew.