Well. It’s been quite a month here at the Hopkins Insider. We welcomed the first members of the Class of 2017, then took a little break for the holidays, and now our counselors (including Admissions_Shannon, Admissions_Ardi, and Admissions_Laurin) are right in the thick of reading applications. Elsewhere in the office, we’re gearing up for spring events and travel, preparing print publications, and having important lunchtime conversations about reality television.
What’s that? You wanted to know about your application? Are you sure you wouldn’t rather talk about the new American Idol judges? We’re concerned about who will be able to fill Steven Tyler’s wacky platform shoes.
Anyway…So you did it! You stayed up late and fretted over your essays and made sure all of your information was correct. With a quivering hand, you clicked “submit,” and now you’re officially a Class of 2017 applicant. (Hopefully your application experience wasn’t quite that dramatic.) And now we’re sure you have a few questions, which we’ll try to answer below.
1. Is my application complete?
This is the most common question we are asked this time of year. We don’t currently have a way to check your application status online, so we understand that applicants get a little nervous about their status. Here’s the deal: We are processing hundreds of documents every day, so the sheer volume of items we’re receiving this time of year makes it difficult to respond to each application status check request we get. But, we’re not leaving you in the dark. Applicant files are checked thoroughly for completeness. In late January or early February, we’ll send out a “missing items” e-mail to all students who are, go figure, missing items. That e-mail will give you time to submit any outstanding items that might be missing from your application. (This is another reason we need to have a current e-mail for you, so make sure you’re checking the e-mail account you used on your application.)
2. But, can’t you just tell me if my application is complete?
Please see above. Give us a few weeks to process all of the materials we have so that we can give you an accurate answer to that question. If you don’t receive the missing items e-mail, you can call or e-mail us in February to check on your application.
3. I submitted my materials at 12:02 a.m. on January 1. Will I still be considered for admission?
While it’s important to submit your application and supporting materials as close to the deadline as possible, we continue to take materials through mid-January. This isn’t because we don’t care about deadline—deadline appreciation is a core value to most admissions professionals—but we realize that some items, like your recommendations and school reports, are coming from outside sources, and that international students might need more time to complete the additional required materials. So, yes, we’ll accept your materials after Jan. 1, and yes, you will still be considered for admission, and yes, please try to get them all in as soon as possible. Your file won’t be read until it’s complete, so get that stuff in!
4. When will I hear from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions?
We won’t have the answer you really want from us—whether you were admitted—until around April 1, but in the meantime, we will have some important information for you. This month, you should receive an e-mail from us that talks about Financial Aid deadlines and the Woodrow Wilson application process, which is open to all applicants. Then, around the end of January, we’ll send out the above mentioned “missing items” e-mail. After that, any communications you get from us will be about the process of checking or receiving your admissions decision.
Hopefully those answers help out a little bit. We know this can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially if you are applying to different schools that all have different methods for tracking applications, different deadlines, and different procedures. The best advice for you now is to just relax and enjoy the rest of your senior year. If you’re curious what happens to your application after you submit it, we’ll post an entry about that in the near future. Rest assured that your application takes quite an electronic journey after you’re finished with it. (And now we have a techno version of “Don’t Stop Believin’” in our head.)
Be well and stay tuned!