Live Blogging on Regular Decision Release Day (Class of 2017)

Admit packets, almost ready to go...this is just one row of about 10!

Hello again and welcome to Regular Decision Release Day 2013! Throughout the day, stop back here to read updates from Admissions_Shelly, Admissions_Shannon, and Admissions_Ardi as we give you a behind-the-scenes look at decision release day for the Class of 2017.

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Admissions_Shelly

8:40 a.m.

It’s a beautiful morning here in Baltimore as everyone starts to make their way into the office for one of our biggest days of the year. Of course, by the time I got here, our Operations staff was already doing one more check of the admit packets and starting to stuff them into their FedEx envelopes for final mailing.

 

Admit packets, almost ready to go...this is just one row of about 10!
Admit packets, almost ready to go...this is just one row of about 10!

This is a busy but exciting day for the whole staff. We know that our applicants have been eagerly waiting to hear from us, and we appreciate your patience. Over these past few months, our admissions counselors have spent many (many, many) hours reading your files, talking about the class, and figuring out who would be the best fit for JHU–and who JHU is the best fit for! It’s almost as exciting to the counselors who have gotten to know you through your application to see these packets all lined up as it will be for those students who get them in the mail.

For now, things are quiet in the office but that won’t last long. Soon there will be a flurry of activity as we make final checks and prepare for mailing and decision release.

 

Empty mail bins, ready to take those admit packets to their owners!
Empty mail bins, ready to take those admit packets to their owners!

If you haven’t already, please read this blog about how the decision release will work to make sure you’re all ready to get your decision this evening: http://blogs.hopkins-interactive.com/blog/2013/03/an-update-on-regular-decision-notification-release/.

Thanks for tagging along with us today and talk to you soon!

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Admissions_Shannon

9:42 a.m.

I can’t believe this is my 8th decision release! It’s crazy to think about how much things have changed since I first began at Hopkins – from stuffing and checking thousands of envelopes to an online system, our process has really developed with changing technology…not to mention we get to live blog now too.

In honor of Throwback Thursday, here is a shot of me during my first decision release.

 

my first decision release!
my first decision release!

 

On top of releasing decisions today, our office is getting ready for our Admitted Student Events in the month of April. In just a few minutes I will be chatting with one of our students to coordinate all of the tour options we have to offer families.

Oh, we also have over 400 visitors here for our information session and tour this morning. You can definitely tell it is spring break for high school students!

 

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Admissions_Ardi

11:28 a.m.

In the same vein as Admissions_Shannon’s live blog post, I can’t believe I’ve reached my 1st decision release!  As a Hopkins alum, I remember exactly when I got my admit decision and packet (to this day, my packet and letter are still in my bedroom at my parent’s house).  In looking for a picture for this post, Admissions_Shelly and I were lucky enough to find an old copy of my 2008 envelope, and it’s exactly as I remember it (very eye-catching, but very sturdy…which is pretty important because your entire family will be grabbing, twisting, and bending it to see the news).  Here’s my admit packet in honor of Throwback Thursday (#TBT).

This envelope is a JHU tradition for admitted students and it's actually pretty similar to this year’s.  Can you spot the differences?
This envelope is a JHU tradition for admitted students and it's actually pretty similar to this year’s. Can you spot the differences?

It was quite a journey to get here.  As a first time counselor, the past three months have been a whirlwind of applications, student essays, and all the snacks that got me through them (Freshmen 15 anyone?).  It was quite a grueling process…which I’m so happy I went through.  Reading all these applications and seeing all the great things that the Class of 2017 has done already makes me proud to be a Hopkins Alum and makes me excited to meet the new additions to the Hopkins family.

Keep checking in on the blogs.  Admissions_Shelly, Admissions_Shannon, and I have plenty more in store for you all.

Signed,

One Proud Alum

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Admissions_Shelly

12:58 p.m.

An exciting update: the admit packets have left the building! The folders are now headed to their forever homes with the JHU Class of 2017! Here they are, starting their journey to admitted students in all 50 states and 51 different countries (well, the international envelopes are mailed separately, but you  get the idea):

The mail bins, all filled with admit packets and waiting for their ride on the elevator.
The mail bins, all filled with admit packets and waiting for their ride on the elevator.

 

Carefully packed up and ready to go!
Carefully packed up and ready to go!

 

As Admissions_Shannon mentioned earlier, there are also many people visiting today. Just think–some of those people could be reading this blog next year! These are the times when being in college admissions gives you a really interesting perspective. It’s so fulfilling to wheel out bins of admit packets through a lobby filled with perspective students who might be getting a packet themselves in a year or two–and those students are being helped by our admissions student workers, who were perspective students themselves not too long ago. If you’re reading this now and are an applicant, it must seem crazy to think about yourself as a college student, living in a dorm and walking the same paths to class each day, hanging out with friends you haven’t met yet.  Whether it’s at JHU or another school, you’ll be in a totally different place (physically and probably mentally, as well!) in one short year. To our current student friends who are following along, do you remember being a senior and waiting anxiously for your decision? Do you remember wondering what it would be like to be a freshman? Were you nervous/excited/scared?

Looking for the Class of 2018 and beyond--our lobby is packed with visitors today!
Looking for the Class of 2018 and beyond--our lobby is packed with visitors today!

 

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Admissions_Shannon

2:00 p.m.

Just got back from a late lunch – you have to squeeze things in whenever you can this time of year! Food trucks are out on campus, so students and employees are scattered everywhere, trying delicious treats from all around town. Admissions_Ardi made a quick stop at the Brazilian truck to get some Yucca Fries.

Admissions_Ardi fits in a quick lunch.
Admissions_Ardi fits in a quick lunch.

 

Now it is time to get back to planning for the coming month – with events for our admitted students, spring travel (yes, we are heading back out on the road with our Explore Hopkins programs!), and campus events like Spring Fair and Homecoming right around the corner, we are super excited for spring. At the end of this month, I will be making a stop in Los Angles to talk to prospective students about the university, and then joining admissions counselors from all over the country for a case studies event (a program where we meet with some schools and go through how the application process works). Hopefully it will be warmer in LA than it is here in Baltimore.

Only a few hours left to decision release…I can’t wait to welcome the new members of this year’s class!

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Admissions_Ardi

3:06 p.m.

As the old adage goes, “There is no rest for the weary,” and for us at Admissions, the show goes on after RD Decision Release.  As Shannon mentioned above, the Admissions staff is working hard with plans for the rest of the academic year.  While she works on plans for her travel in the spring, we all are meeting today for our first Transfer Reading Training for the season. Yes, there are more applications to read, and the admissions world is now entering the Transfer Reading Season. For all our readers interested in the transfer process for themselves or others, here is a good link on our website about our transfer process: http://apply.jhu.edu/apply/transfer.html.  As we continue with the transfer process, please keep up with our blogs and forums for all of your information and questions.

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Admissions_Shannon

3:57 p.m.

As we sit here and prep ourselves for the final hour before decision release, one of our student workers, Ian Han, was reminiscing about how he felt when decisions came out…

“I remember sitting by my computer refreshing my email, waiting for the email from JHU to pop up. It seemed like I was waiting forever, and then the news came. I found out I was accepted. I read, and reread the email…just to make sure that I was reading it correctly. I was so happy to find out that I was a Blue Jay and immediately shared the news with my family and friends. At first, I played a trick on them, by coming downstairs and looking really sad. Then, I told them I was accepted and they were super excited for me. It couldn’t have been a better day!”

We are so excited to welcome our new Blue Jays soon!

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Admissions_Shelly

4:46 p.m.

Greetings again from Admissions_Shelly. This will be our final post of the day, as we sign off to either head home or to man the phones and help any of you who may have technical difficulties accessing your decisions. (Note: Our extended phone hours today, until 7:00 p.m., are really geared towards helping applicants sign into the decision site; we’ll be happy to speak with everyone else tomorrow during normal business hours.)

Here’s what you can expect this evening:

–All RD applicants will get an e-mail from us with a link to the decision release site. Decisions will be released here: https://mydecision.jhu.edu. You can check it out now, but there won’t be anything to see until we officially release decisions.

–Once decisions have been released, you’ll see a log-in screen where you’ll use the ID that we sent you via e-mail earlier in the month and the password that you hopefully have set up by now to log in and view your decision.

–An important note: Because everyone will be logging in at the same time, there may be a bit of a lag time. Just be patient. Give it some time to load; if you get an error message, simply close all open browsers, reopen one browser, and try again.

–If you haven’t yet set up your ISIS account, you should do that. Like, now-ish, because you won’t be able to access your decision until you set up your account. Instructions were included in an e-mail from us earlier in the month. If you never received that, first check any and all e-mail addresses that you may have used during the admissions process. Check your spam folder, also. If you still don’t see it, give us a call at (410) 516-8171 or e-mail gotojhu@jhu.edu and we’ll talk you through it.

–If you applied for Financial Aid, awards will be available to see around 8:30 p.m. EST. You can log into ISIS, isis.jhu.edu, and check under “Financial Aid”> “Summary” to see your award.

–As I mentioned, we’ll be available by phone or e-mail until 7:00 p.m. tonight to help anyone who has problems logging in.

Finally, I’ll end with some sound advice that my former colleague Admissions_Daniel used to give applicants each year, and that we gave to Early Decision applicants also—and he says it so well that I’ll just quote rather than trying to reword it:

“After you receive your decision, my suggestion is that you log-off and go spend some time with your family. No matter what decision you receive, let the news sink in and do it off-line. This is a major milestone in your life, and you should share your initial reactions and emotions with your family and those closest to you. These people have been there since the first moment of your life, and they will be there FOREVER. Your family is not an online community. Your family is not Facebook. Your family is not some anonymous screenname. Your family is not this blog. Please follow this advice. Receive your decision and sign off. Don’t update your Facebook status immediately. Don’t post a blog comment. Don’t go post your emotions on some Web forums. Share your thoughts and emotions in the real world first. The virtual world will be there later for you to provide a social media spin on your news.”

A truly heartfelt thank you to all of our applicants for considering Johns Hopkins, and many more thanks to those of you who have been following us today and every day. From all of us here at the Hopkins Insider and the entire Office of Undergraduate Admissions, best wishes to you!

6 thoughts on “Live Blogging on Regular Decision Release Day (Class of 2017)

  1. Love seeing all of the love from our current Hopkins students and extended Blue Jay family!! Class of 2017, we’re excited to meet you :)

  2. Seriously, I’ve been turned down by Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Duke. I NEED some luck. Please JHU let me get accepted. The technical difficulties really are not helping

  3. Hi guys! The decisions are posted, we’re just experiencing high volumes of people trying to log in. Please keep checking, and thank you for your patience!!

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