Category: Wait List

A Post for the Wait Listed Applicant

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College admissions wait lists have been compared by many as a state of purgatory — not yet admitted and not denied. I often feel that a wait list decision is harder to deal with than a deny decision because there is no closure yet, no definitive answer. The college admissions process is defined by waiting, and now some students must wait for another month or two for their final decision. I have written previously that this wait list process is one of the most discussed topics in my field. Just do a quick Google search and you will find countless articles about the subject and also "supposed" services or advice columns on how a wait list works. Personally, since I find the media so far off base when they report on college admissions, and I have an overwhelming fear of students buying into "how to get off college wait list" schemes, I sit down and compose this post for those on the Johns Hopkins wait list every year.

Wait list decisions exist because of the sheer competition to get into college these days, and they work as a form of protection for schools to make sure they yield their class each year. It would be wonderful to exist in a world with definitive decisions and no wait lists, but unfortunately that ideal just doesn't exist.

So what to do? Well first it is important to know that being placed on the Johns Hopkins wait list is NOT a rejection of you and your abilities. It is a statement about the exceptional quality of our applicant pool and the limited number of spots we can offer to make our class. We respect the frustration and apprehension that exists with being placed in a state of limbo, so to assist we try to provide as much information as we can along the way.

Over the years, I have composed as extensive of a list as possible of frequently asked questions and answers about how the Hopkins wait list works. This list is posted below to attempt to assist you along the way. I also have created a Wait List Discussion Thread on the Hopkins Forums for you to ask additional questions, and for me to post updates when they become available. I hope this helps.

How does the wait list work?
Our enrollment target is 1,225 new freshmen. Based on our estimates we have admitted a percentage of our applicant pool that we expect will yield a class that size. However, it is quite hard to exactly predict the number of students who will accept our offer of admissions, hence the existence of the wait list. If we miss our target, then we will admit students off of our wait list to assure that we enroll a complete class.

I still really want to go to Hopkins. What should I do if I want to remain on the wait list?
To remain on the wait list we ask that you complete and mail back the blue Wait List Reply Card that is included with your decision letter. Send this card back as soon as possible – it needs to be postmarked by May 1. We do not have an online form for submitting this information and we would prefer to receive the reply card back rather than fielding “remain on wait list” responses through email or phone. Just be patient, your decision letter was mailed on Friday (March 27th) and should arrive shortly.

For students living abroad, you may send an e-mail titled “Remain on the Wait List” to <gotojhu@jhu.edu>, since international postal times do vary so much. Please include your full name (that you used when you applied), your birth date, mailing address, and your school name. Just make sure that you do send the blue card back when you receive your decision.

Finally, it is very important to note that only those who select to remain on the wait list option will be considered for a spot in the class if spaces become available.

My wait list letter did not contain a blue card? OR I lost my blue card, what to do?
Traditionally, we request that students submit the blue wait list reply card to officially accept a place of the Johns Hopkins wait list. In such cases where a student has lost or not received the wait list card with their decision letter, we do have a process of allowing students to request to remain on the wait list. To do such, please send an email to gotojhu@jhu.edu with the subject line of "Remain on the Wait List." Please include your full name, birth date, mailing address, and school name in this email.

Should I do anything else besides sending back the card? I heard we can update our applications. Is that true, and what kind of updates can we submit?
You may certainly send updates that you would like added to your application. Such information can assist the Admissions committee if we do review wait list candidates for admission. We suggest the following if updating your application:

  • A Letter of Interest – A one or two page letter to the Admissions Committee that states why you are interested in Hopkins, why you feel it is the right school for you, and why you should be admitted from the wait list.
  • Updated resume – Let us know what you have gotten involved with during your senior year. This should include updated information not in your original application.
  • Recommendations – One or two additional or updated letters.
  • Updated transcript – Your most recent grades, even beyond the mid-year report can be helpful. Ask your guidance counselor to submit them if possible.

Please DO NOT send the following: (1) additional writing samples; (2) supplemental materials such as CDs, slides, portfolios, etc.; (3) research or term papers. Just stick to the list above. Along these same lines, I like what one of my fellow bloggers from another university (Matt at MIT) write:

Here are some things you should not do: Fly to campus to make the case in person. Send us ridiculous items or bribes. Submit a whole new application. Bombard our office with way too much stuff. Be pushy. Be sketchy. Let your grades drop. Not choose another college to attend by May 1.

Do note that you are not required to submit any additional materials, just the postcard. Also it important that if you choose to submit updates to your file, make sure that they will contribute in a substantive way or provide new information. All updates should be sent to the Admissions Office either via postal mail or fax (410-516-6025). We can not process application updates submitted through email. When mailing, do include your full name, birth date, school name, and a note that the materials are to be used as a wait list update.

Why was I wait listed? Was this just a way to break the bad news more gently?
Admissions decisions are comprehensive decisions that take into account many factors included in each individual application within the context of the overall applicant pool. In every application we are searching for the ideal fit with the university based on the information in the applicant files. The Admissions Committee is unable to discuss with applicants why we were not able to offer admission, but it is important to know that offering a student a spot on our wait list is not done out of a courtesy or to lessen the impact of our decision. Any student on the wait list who chooses to remain on the wait list will have a chance for admission if spaces in the class become available.

How big is this year's wait list? Is the wait list ranked?
We will not know the size of this year's wait list until we receive all wait list reply cards back. We expect that about 1000 students will request to keep their position on our wait list.

In no way, shape, or form is our wait list ranked. If spaces in the class become available, we will review the application of each and every student who selected to remain on the wait list.

What are my chances of being admitted from the wait list?
It is impossible at this time to predict any individual's chances of being admitted from the wait list. Admission will depend on how many admitted students accept their offer from Hopkins, how many students send back their wait list replay cards, and a series of other enrollment factors. There is just no way of telling, so we request your patience and understanding.

When will I hear if I've been accepted off the wait list? The other schools I was admitted to require a deposit by May 1 – should I wait until I hear from Hopkins?
Once again that all depends on the response from our admitted students. Our decision as to whether we will admit students off the wait list will not be made prior to May 1 and it is more likely we will make that determination closer to June 1. We strongly recommend that you submit your deposit to a school where you have been accepted. If you are later admitted to Hopkins from the wait list and choose to attend, you will withdraw your enrollment from the other school and forfeit the previous deposit.

How do you choose from the wait listed candidates? Do you choose people who will fit better at JHU than others; people who show the most interest, people who satisfy spaces open in certain academic areas, or a mix of all of this?
As I stated above, any student on the wait list who chooses to remain on the wait list will have a chance for admission if spaces in the class become available and admission off the wait list will depend on how many admitted students accept their offer from Hopkins. The main thing to note is that if we decide to use the wait list this year EVERY applicant who chose to remain on the wait list will be re-reviewed for admission. When re-reviewing students for admission off the wait list our priority will always be quality of the student and what will they contribute to Hopkins, but we may also have to factor in additional concerns dependent on the make-up of the enrolling class. It is that last note that I will try to expand on.

If the decision is made to select students for admission off the wait list than a determination is made that we have not hit our targets for the enrolling class. This means that we have not enrolled the set number of students we want to enroll. Removing students off the wait list helps us make our yield number but also helps us make sure there is diversity in our class in every way shape and form.

It might be decided that when selecting students off the wait list we specifically want to target one area of academic interest … or we need to take students with no financial need because we have no aid … or we want students with a specific demographic breakdown — it all depends and unfortunately until we see the make-up of the class of 2013 we can not make a determination. Remember there is no guarantee that one will be admitted off the wait list just because they are a strong applicant, because there is no guarantee that we will need to take students off the wait list. Interest does matter but it is not the driving force of our decision making process.

I want to come see the campus in April. Can I visit, and what kind of visit programs can I participate in?
You are welcome to visit Hopkins in the month of April. Our offices are open Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm. Tours are offered on weekdays at 11am and 2pm, and information sessions are available at 10:00am and 1:00pm. There are some exceptions, so check out the visit section on our web site:
http://apply.jhu.edu/visit/guidedtours.html. We regret that we are unable to accommodate any requests for overnights and/or day visits from wait listed students. Additionally, our Open House programs in April are for admitted students only.

During my visit can I get an interview or meet with an Admissions counselor one-on-one?
Unfortunately, no. We are unable to grant interview or meeting requests for wait listed students. Instead, we ask that you put any information or updates in a written letter which will be added to your application file. If you do have a specific question, you may email your regional counselor:
http://apply.jhu.edu/contact/staff.html.

If I am accepted off the wait list and I applied for financial aid, will I receive any financial assistance?
There is no guarantee of financial assistance for students accepted from the wait list. It all depends on whether there is available funding after the numbers are crunched from the admitted students who have chosen to enroll.
If financial aid is still available, then students admitted off the wait list will have financial aid packages awarded to them. If financial aid is not available, then we will be unable to admit students off the wait list with financial need.

If I am accepted off the wait list, am I bound to enroll at Johns Hopkins?
No. If we offer places in the class to students on the wait list, those students will have the chance to select whether they want to enroll at Hopkins or stick with the other University that they had previously selected. We provide students with about a two-week deadline for responding to our offer of admission from the wait list. Submitting the Wait List Reply card and selecting that you want to remain on the wait list is not a commitment to enroll at Hopkins if admitted.

Do you have any historical data of how many students were admitted from the wait list in previous years?
Though every year is different and the numbers vary, here is what happened the past few years:

  • 2008 – Approximately 50 student were admitted from the wait list.
  • 2007 - Approximately 80 students were admitted from the wait list.
  • 2006 – No offers of admission from the wait list.
  • 2005 – No offers of admission from the wait list.
  • 2004 – Approximately 150 students were admitted from the wait list.
  • 2003 – Approximately 100 offers.
  • 2002 – No offers.
  • 2001 – Approximately 50 offers.
  • 2000 – No offers.

    I hope this information helps. I will update the blog with news from the wait list when it becomes available. Just remember, there will not be any news until after May 1st, and more likely my next wait list update will not be posted until the middle of May at the earliest. Finally, remember if you have further questions please post them to the Wait List Discussion Thread on the Hopkins Forums.

  • Final Wait List Update: 2008

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    A final wait list update for Fall 2008 has been posted to our Wait List Discussion Thread on the Hopkins Forums. Click here to access the post and the full discussion thread.

    During this week the Admissions Committee has met and made final decisions regarding the wait list for the Class of 2012. For those students who sent back the blue postcard and decided to “remain on the wait list” you will be receiving correspondence through email and postal mail shortly. The emails were sent today (July 1st) and the letters will be in the mail tomorrow.

    If you have been keeping up with this wait list discussion thread you will know that in May we admitted a small handful of students off the wait list (approximately 40 total students). Since then the Admissions teams has been very methodical and carefully tracking the size of the enrolling class. Though we had anticipated much more fluctuation this year then in years past due to the volume of wait list movement by our peers, in the end our class size has not dropped below our enrollment goals. Therefore the decision was made not to admit any more students off the wait list at this time.

    The vast majority of you who remained on our wait list will be receiving correspondence that states we currently do not intend on admitting any additional students from the wait list this year and that we have now met our enrollment target for the fall. This is our wait list release letter and though a disappointment, it does end the waiting process. We wish you the best in your college career and appreciate the interest you showed in Hopkins.

    A small handful of those students who remained on the wait list (~100+) will receive a slightly different correspondence. This group of students was selected by the Admissions Committee to receive an offer to remain on an extended summer wait list. This letter states that although we have met our enrollment targets, in the event that space might become available, we will consider the students on this extended wait list. For those selecting to remain on the extended summer wait list from this group, an official final decision will be rendered no later than July 31st.

    Two important things to note about the extended summer wait list: (1) the chances for admission remain slim and only will occur in the rare cases that more spaces become available. And (2) the Admissions Committee selects the students to be offered a spot on the extended summer wait list, it is not something a wait listed student may request.

    Regarding notification: As I stated above our notifications were sent via email and postal mail. If you did not receive an email on or around July 1st, then we ask that you wait for the postal mail. If by July 10th you have not received any notification, then you will need to call the Admissions Office at 410-516-8171 to check on your status. We are unable to confirm wait list status through email or these forums.

    Finally, I hope all this makes sense. As always, if you have any questions please feel free to post them on this forum. We understand that this process can be frustrating and at times the waiting seems as if we were “stringing you along.” We appreciate your patience, and assure you that the time line was necessitated by our need to be careful and methodical in our decisions. Every year these decisions are quite difficult to make, and I hope you understand how much we agonize over these decisions. Best of luck to each and every one of you.

    If you have any questions, please post them to the Wait List Discussion Thread.

    Updates 2.0

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    Lots been going on this week, so instead of being miserable watching my mediocre NY Mets lose to the Atlanta Braves once again, I have devoted this evening to providing you all with some important updates. It would be easy for me to start this blog entry with some traditional popular culture references … such as how I am not sure if I can wait any longer for the season finale of LOST next Thursday … or how I think my addiction to Grand Theft Auto 4 has become a full blown illness … or how I look forward to a double feature of summer movies over Memorial Day weekend (Iron Man and Indiana 4) … or how I really hope the NHL Stanley Cup series between Pittsburgh and Detroit is as amazing a series as it is set-up to be … but instead of elaborating on these topics I am going to go straight to the updates. So without further adieu…

    TRANSFER DECISIONS UPDATE

    As of late this afternoon (Wednesday, May 21), transfer admissions decisions have been released. In the morning, the Transfer Admissions Committee confirmed decisions on the just over 730 applications for Fall 2008 admissions, with just under 70 students being admitted. Decision letters were dropped off at the Baltimore post office at just around 4:00pm and a little while after that decision emails were sent to those applicants who provided a working email address with their application.

    Congratulations to those admitted transfer students, and as mentioned in the last two Insider Blog updates, we hope you will use the new Transfer Exchange section of the Hopkins Forums to ask questions and obtain useful information. JHU_Tanya and the other JHU Transfer Buddies are a great source of information as you make the decision whether to “stay or go.”

    To those not admitted, we understand your disappointment. Applying as a transfer student to Hopkins is quite competitive, especially since we have so little room in the class for transfer students. We wish you the best of luck with your continued college search.

    Finally, for those who did not receive a decision email, please note that just like with the release of freshman decisions we are unable to re-send decision emails. You will need to wait for your decision to arrive via the postal mail. The Admissions Office will begin to receive phone calls starting next Tuesday (May 27) for those who would like decisions to be released over the phone. Note that the Admissions Office is closed on Thursday for Commencement and next Monday for Memorial Day, and on this Friday are unable to discuss transfer decisions over the phone.

    WAIT LIST UPDATE

    Not much new news to report from what I wrote on May 9th. The number of offers of admissions to wait list students this year stands at just about 30 students. We continue to be deliberate about our choices on whether or not we need to admit additional students from the wait list. All signs currently point to either a small handful of additional offers in the next week or no additional offers at this time. I wish I had more to report, but nothing has been finalized. Continue to check the Wait List Discussion Thread for any additional news.

    What ever decisions we make in the next week or so, it is apparent that we will once again choose to release the majority of our wait list some time in early June. Additionally, we will most likely decide to hold a small percentage of students on an extended summer wait list. For details on how the summer wait list works, I suggest reading this update post from last year. Continued patience is much appreciated.

    COMMENCEMENT 2008

    In just about 7 hours from now I will be arriving at the Homewood campus to volunteer for Commencement 2008. I have the fantastic job of driving around campus in a golf cart to help people get from one place to another during the busy day of Commencement activities. This is actually my first ever Commencement day at Hopkins, because this time of year I am usually on vacation in the Bahamas. Come to think of it, this is actually the first graduation I will ever attend since entering the field of college admissions ten years ago. I am happy that I am able to attend this year, as the Class of 2008 is the first class at Hopkins that I was involved with the admissions selection process. There are some amazing students graduating tomorrow, ones that will truly be missed.

    One of the cool things about the Hopkins Commencement ceremonies is that there is a live webcast. If interested, and have some free time on Thursday … check it out.

    GO HOPKINS GO!!!

    Besides Commencement ceremonies, the Memorial Day weekend is a huge one for Hopkins fans. Both the Men’s Lacrosse team and the Men’s Baseball team will be vying for National Championships this weekend.

    The Men’s Baseball team has made it to their second Division III World Series in school history. On Friday in Appleton, WI the baseball team will take on Adrian with hopes in remaining in the winner’s bracket and having the chance to host the trophy on May 26th. Stay updated here.

    The Men’s Lacrosse team makes another appearance in the LAX Final Four, this year held at Gillette Stadium in New England. On Saturday, Hopkins faces nemesis Duke in one of the two semifinal games, with the hope that we can repeat our success from the 2005 and 2007 Final Fours by beating Duke once again. If so, then we face the UVA vs. Syracuse champion on Memorial Day. Can you say 3 championships in 4 years??? Fingers crossed. Watch all the excitement on ESPN2 or keep updated here.

    I’ll be back next week with additional updates if available, and hopefully some great pictures from Commencement and maybe a couple of National Championships too.

    Update Time: Wait List News / Transfer Happenings / and LOST Theories

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    "It’s May … I am not supposed to be busy."

    This is what I keep saying to myself. After the fury of February (finishing first reads), the mayhem of March (committee reviews), and the abundance of April (tons of visitors and events), — [you all like that alliteration, huh?] — the month of May is supposed to be my down time. However, this year it does not seem to be going that way. My spring travel was quite busy (details to follow soon) and now it is past 7:00pm on Friday evening and I am still at work.

    Why is this you ask? Well, because after a busy day it is time to provide updates to some of my readers … namely (1) those on the wait list; (2) those who applied for transfer admissions; and (3) those who are fanatics for LOST like me. So without further adieu … it is update time:

    WAIT LIST UPDATE

    This afternoon (Friday, May 9), the Admissions Committee contacted approximately 30 students who had selected to remain on the Johns Hopkins wait list and offered them a spot in the JHU Class of 2012. Congratulations goes out to those students and we hope you all choose to attend. The Class of 2012 is shaping up to be one of our best ever, and we feel those selected today will make a great addition.

    For the rest of you, please understand this is just step one in our process. Because you were not contacted today does not mean you will not be offered a spot in the class in the future. As always, we are quite deliberate in our process regarding the wait list. Everything is tied to the number of students in the enrolling class, and at this time we have slightly surpassed our 1235 enrollment target. Despite being slightly above our target, the Admissions Committee decided today to admit a handful of students off the wait list to increase our enrollment slightly and to protect against the "summer melt." (Don’t know what summer melt is click here.)

    I said it last year and will said it again this year … we have not in the past, and will not this year make any rash decisions. Over the next few weeks, the staff will continue to monitor the numbers and discuss wait list issues. We may decide to admit another round of students off the wait list, or we may determine that the class is sealed. We could also choose to select some students for an extended summer wait list and release all the others. There are a number of options available to us, and we will continue to discuss all of them in relation to our enrollment figures over the coming days and weeks. We hope to have finalized all decisions about the wait list by mid-June. Once we have reached a decision, all students who selected to remain on the wait list will be notified by mail or email.

    What we ask of you all now is PATIENCE. We respect and understand the frustration that comes with being asked to wait, and we are placing as much urgency on these wait list questions as possible. However, this takes time. In addition to your patience, we request that you refrain from contacting us to ask about your individual status on the wait list. As I have stated on the Wait List Discussion Thread, we do not rank our wait list. Therefore, we can not field questions from wait listed students requesting an individual assessment of one’s chances of being admitted off the wait list. Your patience and restraint will be appreciated, and once an update is available I will post again.

    TRANSFER APPLICATION UPDATE

    The transfer student is the forgotten student when it comes to the Hopkins Insider blog, but I hope that such impressions will change with a few of the initiatives we will launch in the coming weeks. Before we get to that announcement, let me provide you all with a brief update as to where we stand with regards to transfer applications.

    The Transfer Review Committee is nearly completion of the first-read evaluations of the over 700 completed transfer applications we received this year. This is a consistent total of applications for the last few years, and based on reviews the quality is on par with the previous years as well. Over the next couple of weeks the committee will be continuing the evaluation process and the plan is to release decisions by the end of May. No official date has been selected yet, as the official number of transfer students we can admit is tied to a number of issues revolving around the overall enrollment of the school.

    As always, at this stage in the transfer review process the discussion is as much about the quality of each individual applicant and the fit of each applicant to Hopkins, as it is about the overall number of admits we can offer. The enrolling freshmen class size, retention rates, housing spaces, academic distribution of programs, and a number of other factors all tie into our decision making process. So there are a lot of numbers that will be figured out in the coming weeks — but rest assured the Transfer Review Committee is hard at work.

    Now for the exciting news …

    Last year I began to outreach a bit to transfer students with my "Ode to the Transfer Applicant" blog entry. I confessed in that entry though that since I am not part of the Transfer Admissions Review Committee I have little information to supply to prospective transfer students and applicants. I do the best I can and reference my colleagues often, but my focus is elsewhere in the office. But through the extremely hard work of a current transfer student at Hopkins, Tanya Lukasik, we have number of initiatives through Hopkins Interactive for transfer students.

    First, in the next few days I will posting a special Guest Author entry from Tanya discussing the transfer process through her experiences. I think you will all enjoy this entry and learn a lot from her. Stay tuned.

    Second, we launched today the Transfer Exchange section of the Hopkins Forums. Now transfer students have their own discussion thread to ask questions of Admissions and more importantly connect with and get advice with current students at Hopkins who successfully navigated the transfer process. Check back over the next few days as we expand this new forum section and as the "Transfer Buddies" are introduced. As always, ask your questions there for quick responses … and if you have any feedback share it with us.

    More to follow …

    LOST FANS READ ON

    For those of you who read the Insider blog just for the updates on Hopkins and Admissions you may want to stop reading and move on to something more of interest to you on the Internet. For the rest of you who enjoying the random ramblings of Admissions_Daniel at times … oh do I have a doozy of an update for you today. After last night’s episode of LOST I have figured out the central mystery behind the show and specifically the Island. Yes, yours truly has figured it out. Curious? Well read on …

    The Island is … wait for it … wait for it … The Island is THE HOLY GRAIL. Huh? Yes, my theory (as of right now) is that the Island is some form of mythical holy grail tied to eternal life that must be protected at all costs and against all invaders. The "Others" supposedly led by the mysterious Jacob, the ageless Richard, and the African with the piercing eyes are the hereditary knights enslaved in all eternity to protect the grail and its powers. These "Others" recruit new followers such as Ben and now Locke to protect the mysteries of the Island and its amazing healing powers. There have been many threats to the Island like the Dharma Initiative and currently with Mr. Whitmore, those who hope to unlock the powers of the Island/Grail and use them for personal gain. Add to the theory the mystery of how the certain "dead" people — Jack/Claire’s Dad, Charlie, the Mathematician, etc. (maybe even Claire herself) — are also protecting the mysticism of the Island.

    OK, clearly this is a far-fetched theory, but last night I thought I had solved the puzzle and was so excited. My theory has more holes than a pound of swiss cheese, but that is why I love this show. After every episode you are more LOST than ever and more ADDICTED than ever. I actually thought today over lunch that maybe the reason I came up with those whole Holy Grail theory is because I have been watching too much old Indiana Jones films (and the Young Indiana Jones series) and also just recently saw the Da Vinici code again. Whatever the reason, throw my theory in the mix … who knows I could be right.

    And finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t somehow tie this discussion of LOST back to Hopkins. In the shower today I actually had an epiphany … LOST = Hopkins. See one of the underlying themes of the LOST mythology is a battle of faith/theology (present in Locke) versus science/reason (present in Jack). These two ideologies are constantly in battle on the Island, and it seems that one of the end conclusions is that no one theory is correct but rather science and faith must co-exist. This being true, where else does science and faith co-exist … well simple … at Hopkins.

    See at Hopkins we have our Natural Science and Engineering students who base their conclusions on facts and proofs. On the same campus, in the same classrooms, and in the same housing and dining facilities are the Humanities and Social Sciences students who believe in a more philosophical and theoretical approach to understanding. And what makes Hopkins great is that they co-exist and intermingle.

    OK, that was even cheesier than my LOST = Holy Grail theory … but you know this is my blog … this is my "bully pulpit" … and I can share on occasion some of the crazy ideas that run threw my simple mind. I hope you enjoyed these ramblings, and if you have your own theories or just want to crush and ridicule my thoughts … use the comments section.

    I am off to enjoy my weekend finally … HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY. And go Hopkins Lacrosse … beat Hofstra (PLEASE!!!).

    The Waiting Process

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    I find myself in a very similar place as I was this past Monday when I last posted. Except for now I am in Greenfield, M.A. not Portsmouth, N.H. … I just finished a lackluster college fair not a successful one … and the weather is sunny yet cold, not very cold / very windy / and very rainy as it was earlier this week. (Speaking of weather, they still have SNOW up here in New England and it is May.) Despite these exceptions, there are similarities to my current situation and that of a few days ago.

    Mainly, I sit here with an hour or so of free contemplation time (a true rarity for me) and I am also eagerly anticipating getting lost into a television show which will be on at 10pm. (Get it … lost in a TV show … yes LOST is on in less than 60 minutes.) So with this small window of opportunity, I thought I would provide an update addressing the second audience I spoke of in my last post … The Wait Listed.

    Today is May 1st. In the world of college admissions that is one of those milestone dates. This is the day when all the admitted students must have made their decision of where they will be attending school in the fall. It is also a big date for students who are on a wait list, because now questions about enrollment, class size, and space availability can be addressed. In speaking with a few colleagues over dinner last night it seems that some schools have actually decided to start admitting students off their wait list even before May 1st. With all that in mind, I thought I would dedicate my first Hopkins Insider entry to the Wait Listed Students of the 2008 application cycle.

    As far as an update, there really is not much to say. As of right now (the evening of May 1st), the Johns Hopkins Admissions Committee has made no decision about whether we will need to admit students off our wait list. Some may ask why is that, especially since other schools have made wait list decisions already. The simple answer is that we are very DELIBERATE in any decisions that we make about the enrollment of our class. We are not swayed by decisions made by other colleges and universities, as we focus solely on our own admissions numbers.

    At this time it is too early for us to determine the current enrolling size of our class. May 1st is a postmark date for candidate reply forms, and since many students this year waited until the last minute to send out their responses, it will take a few days (even possibly a few weeks) for all the decisions reply forms to be received and processed. So for that reason alone we need to wait as we just don’t know the accurate number of enrolling students we have received for the Class of 2012.

    Many questions about the wait list and our process abound this time of year, and to help answer those question, I created earlier in April a Wait List Discussion Thread on the Hopkins Forums.

    Click here to access the Wait List Discussion Thread

    I hope that the information on that FAQ list is helpful, and please ask additional questions if you have them.

    So basically, my message to the wait listed right now is to … just wait. Hang in there. Be patient. I know that is not the news you want to hear at this moment, but unfortunately that is all I can share right now. As soon as I can, I will update the blog again with any wait list news. Also, remember to bookmark the Wait List Discussion Thread on the Hopkins Forums, as any useful information will always be posted there first.

    Updates Galore (with pictures)

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    The month of June has arrived, the unofficial start of summer (supposedly Memorial Day weekend) has come and gone, and I have returned from my first of a number of post-Admissions cycle vacations. A lot has taken place over the last month, so I thought it would be best that my first blog entry on my return be an update entry. Yes, as the title states, here comes a galore of updates. But where to begin … hmmmmmmm …

    Newsworthy: Johns Hopkins University Wins 2007 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship
    It has been 10 days but as you can imagine we are all still celebrating. What a game – I hope many of you watched either live in Baltimore or on ESPN on P5310006 Memorial Day. Not only did Hopkins claim its 9th Lacrosse national championship (that’s a record) but we did it by defeating Duke by a one goal margin (12-11). The victory was reminiscent of our championship victory in 2005 over Duke by one goal, but something was different this year.

    Maybe it was the fact that no one predicted Hopkins would win when the tournament began. We JHU fans knew we had a strong team with great senior leadership in goaltender in Jesse Schwartzman and attack Jake Byrne, some great new freshman additions in Michael Kimmel and Steven Boyle, and probably the best midfielders in the country in juniors Paul Rabil and Stephen Peyser. But this had been an up-and-down season. Thankfully as the tournament commenced the team began to gel and by the time the championship game came around Coach Dave Pietramala’s team was ready to win their second championship in three years. However, no one was talking about Hopkins.

    The national story was Duke for reasons that I will not discuss here. Even while in the Bahamas on vacation I had to hear and read about Duke this and Duke that and how they were the “Cinderella team.” The news, sports news and mainstream media, were ignoring Hopkins — the most storied program in all of Lacrosse history — as well as ignoring Cornell — the only undefeated team in the country going into the Final Four — and also Delaware — which was making their first Final Four appearance and were the true Cinderellas of the weekend. For all that, the victory was much more satisfying than in 2005.

    All in all, the Lacrosse championship is where it belongs in the city of Baltimore and on the Homewood campus. Great job Blue Jays!!! To read more about the victory check out this Baltimore Sun article, and also you can download desktop wallpapers of the championship here.

    Update: Transfer Decisions
    Just about a week ago the Admissions Office released all transfer decisions via email and postal mail. (I guess I timed the posting of my Transfer Blog entry perfectly.) The final decisions resulted in the transfer team offering admission to 62 of the 721 applicants, just over an 8% admit rate. My sincere congratulations goes out to those students offered admission, and we hope that as you go through the accepted student materials that many of you will choose to enroll at Hopkins. Don’t forget to use the Hopkins Interactive forums to ask questions of current students and also read through all the admitted student freshman questions from back in April. A special congratulations goes out to Tanya Lukasik (Tanya922) one of the most frequent commenters on this blog over the last year — great job Tanya!!!

    Update: Wait List Decisions
    As my previous wait list update (May 18) discussed, we completed a first round of wait list decisions in the middle of May. At that time we accepted 36 students off the wait list. Since then we have been waiting for responses from those students and as usual checking the enrollment numbers for the Fall. We are tasked with yielding a class of 1204 students starting in September — no more, no less. For that reason we need to be quite methodical about our decision making when it comes to wait list students. On our end it is being careful, on your end it seems as we are just wasting time and “stringing you along.”

    The expectation is that in the next few days we will select a few more students to be admitted off the wait list. When I write “a few” you all should read that as 10 or less. As well, I wrote the word “expectation” because nothing is currently set in stone. The Admissions team will continue these discussions over the next couple of days, so things may change. All you can do right now is continue to be patient. Please do not call or email us with questions about the wait list, questions about your individual position on the wait list, or anything else regarding the wait list. You will not get any additional information than what I just wrote above — you need to allow us to complete our analysis and work.

    Besides the question of whether or not to admit a few more students now, we will also be discussing whether we will be offering some students a place on our extended summer wait list. What is this summer wait list you ask? It is something we have used in the past. The Admissions committee selects a small group of currently wait listed students (~100) and offer them a place on the extended summer wait list. Those students are notified that we have met our enrollment targets but in the rare event that space becomes available later in the summer they will be considered for one of those spots. The chances for admission are slim and only will occur in the rare case that more spaces become available. Please note that the Admissions committee selects the students to be offered a spot of the summer wait list, it is not something a wait listed student may request.

    Finally, a quick note about notifications: If we choose to admit any more students off the wait list now we will contact those students directly by phone or email. Notifications about the summer wait list, if we choose to have one, will be sent through the postal mail and probably through email as well. Once those decisions have been made and completed, we then will send letters through the postal mail to the remainder of the students who remained on the wait list letting them know that enrollment targets have been met and we are releasing them.

    To all of you wait list students, I personally extend my appreciation for your patience. If it doesn’t work out for JHU, I wish you all the best of luck at the institution you will attend this fall. Every year these decisions are quite difficult to make, and I hope you understand how much we agonize over these decisions. Having personally been wait listed from one of my top choice schools, I can relate. But I also assure you that after your first week in college you will forget all about wait lists.

    Newsworthy: Mason Hall Nears Completion
    A few times over the last year I have mentioned that this fall the Admissions P5310003 Office will have a new home. We are all pretty excited about this new locale which will be part of the new Decker Quad, and the excitement for us increases each day now as the project nears its end. First the underground garage and new computational sciences buildings were constructed and nearly completed this past fall, P5310001 winter, and through the early spring. Next the building frame for Mason Hall has been completed and the brick facade has come into focus. Then the windows were added. Now the grass was laid out for the Quad, and the sprinkler system was tested. As well, they P5310005have laid the bricks for the Quad, planted a few trees, and are working on the new entrance to the campus. Check out the pictures to see the progress, and as the summer nears an end I will let you know more about the new home of Admissions. (And oh yeah, I get my own office — woo hoo!)

    Update: Class of 2011
    Check back Monday, June 18 for my farewell post and I will return to the special Facebook group soon.

    Final Note:
    I hope you all found these updates and newsworthy items helpful. Starting next week I will be updating the blog more frequently (probably once a week), and have some interesting thoughts and ideas to share. Like what a season finale for LOST!!! And oh yeah, some college search counseling too. So stay tuned…

    And as a final farewell, I thought you would all enjoy some pictures from my vacation to Paradise. It was amazing.

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    So Your Heart Must Be Fonder By Now?

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    So the old saying goes, ABSENCE makes the heart grow fonder? If that is true, than my nearly one month absence from updating the Hopkins Insider blog must mean that my readers and I are now in a serious, committed relationship and true love is on the horizon. Actually, I suspect the opposite is true … and that my absence has bothered a number of you. Well I am hear to declare loudly, in the words of my favorite sports radio personality Mike Greenberg, that "I’m back and better than ever!"

    Many of you are probably wondering what happened to me since April 23rd. As I write this I feel like I should have some grand reason to discuss. Maybe a story about how I was kidnapped by a rival university and tortured to share all the hidden Admissions secrets of JHU (been watching too much 24!). Or maybe a tale about how I got a call from the executives at some major television company who flew me to Hollywood to determine their coming fall line-up of new and returning shows (more shows like Heroes, LOST, House, and less CSI and reality TV). Or how about the guy I met in the deli who heard me order a ham sandwich and thought that I had a great voice for radio and made me the new play-by-play guy for the New York Mets (in another life I wish). All would have been great stories to tell, but all would have been based around my dreams.

    In reality, a number of "forces" kept me from posting. First, there were the responsibilities of the job that kept me out of the office — a conference to attend and a week of spring travel throughout New England which I will write more about soon. Then, there were the in-office tasks of wrapping up the year both in relation to the 2006-07 admissions cycle but also the 2006-07 semester. This involved a lot of paper work, organizing, brainstorming, and oh yeah a number of parties and "thank you" dinners. Outside of the job there was also the reconnecting with my social life (no more working 7 days a week), enjoying everything I watch on my new TV, and celebrating a "special" web site that let’s me watch movies that are currently in theatres for free on my laptop (shhhhh!!!). And oh yeah, to be honest there was a lot of procrastinating involved…

    See after the overwhelming pace of the last 6 months and the volume of work involved, there comes a time when I need to unwind. The first phase of that is to stop working at 200% my capacity, and rather drop down to about 75% for a few weeks. (I hope the boss is not reading this.) The second phase is always a long vacation – but I’ll get to that. So all in all, my apologies for keeping you all in the dark for the past month, and I set forth to update more regularly from now on.

    So I guess you all are wondering what’s been up in the Admissions world. Well as I see it the majority of those who are reading this right now fall into one of these categories: (1) Transfer applicants; (2) Wait listed students; (3) Enrolling students of the Class of 2011; (4) Prospective students for the Classes of 2012 and beyond; and (5) Others. For each of these groups, I have an update.

    Transfer Applicants
    I know, I know, I know — I owe you all a special transfer post. This post has been a work in progress for about a month, and I promise I have not forgotten about you all. I am 80% done, and will make sure it is my next post. As far as an update though, the Transfer review committee (which sadly I am not part of) is at the tail-end of reviewing all the transfer applications and the plan is to release decisions by the end of the month. I would not be surprised if transfer decisions begin to be released by the end of next week, but do not quote me on that.

    This year’s transfer applicant pool is about the same as last year’s total, just over 700 applications. Last year’s total was a noticeable jump from previous years, so we are happy to see that number continue this year. As the reviews are coming to an end, the main discussion is on-going about how many transfer applicants will be offered admission and will continue up until the point decisions are released. The number of transfer admits we can offer is directly tied to the number of spaces available in the class which is related to the number of enrolling freshmen and the retention rates of the current classes. So there are a lot of numbers that need to be figured out in the next week or so — but do know the Transfer team is hard at work.

    Wait List Students
    Earlier this week, the Hopkins Admissions committee did something we have not done in the past two years — we admitted a handful of students off the wait list. By handful I mean approximately 40 wait listed students were contacted by a member of the Admissions staff and offered a spot in the class of 2011. Congratulations to those students, but for the rest of you please understand that this is just step one in our process.

    As always, we are quite deliberate in our process regarding wait listed students. Everything is tied to the number of students in the enrolling class and the number currently is quite close to our target of 1205. We have not in the past, and will not this year make any quick decisions. Over the next couple of weeks, the staff will continue to monitor the numbers and discuss wait list issues. We hope to have final decisions by mid-June for all of the students who remained on the wait list. Once we have reached a decision, all students who selected to remain on the wait list will be notified by mail or email.

    There are a number of directions we can go in the coming weeks. We could continue to admit small amounts of students off the wait list if the Director determines there is still space in the class. We could decide the class is full and release all the students on the wait list. We could also choose to select some students for an extended summer wait list and release all the others. Clearly there are a number of paths we need to discuss, and all we ask from you all is patience.

    The Incoming Class of 2011
    This will actually be one of the last times I address you all as a blog audience. Now that you are future members of Hopkins, your connection with the Admissions Office and process our over. I do have a final sort of farewell post for you all that I will complete soon, but until now I just wanted to wish you the best of luck with the final days of your senior year. Good luck with finals, APs, IBs, and have fun with graduation and prom. Enjoy yourselves, and then have an amazing summer preparing for your arrival in Baltimore.

    If not already, in the coming days you will be contacted by the Advising Offices and begin the process of registering for your first set of classes. The first step will be the receipt of your JHED ID and from there you can set-up your JHU e-mail address. I know what a big step that will be for many of you – getting the email address has become proof to many nowadays that you are actually enrolling at Hopkins.

    I also recommend that you all join and participate in the special Incoming Class of 2011 Facebook group that we have set-up for you. This group will act as a forum for all incoming freshman. Use this forum as a way to meet your future classmates and also as a central place to ask questions about getting ready for Hopkins. Throughout the summer many updates will also be posted on the group so check back frequently. And as always, the Hopkins Interactive students are there to answer your pressing questions.

    I personally look forward every year to reading the forum discussions, as it is amazing to see all the great qualities of our incoming class. Plus, I am on the look-out for freshmen bloggers – but more will follow on that later this summer.

    Prospective Students – Classes of 2012 and beyond
    The numbers show that the blog is getting more readers every day, and that can only mean one thing — a new batch of prospective students. As the summer officially commences, the blog topics and entries will shift from the Class of 2011 and move to addressing topics you all will find quite interesting. I have an ambitious agenda for the coming months, so keep checking back. And don’t forget to use the comments section.

    The Others
    When I type "Others" my mind goes directly to thoughts of Benjamin Linus / Henry Gale — who gets that reference??? But in fact I know there are some of you who read my blog who don’t fall into one of the categories above. Sorry I don’t have a special update for you all, but I do have one last things to let you all know before I complete this post.

    I AM ON VACATION! Yes, I actually wrote this entry a day ago but set it to post today … May 18 … the first official day of my two week vacation. As you all enjoy the return of the Hopkins Insider Blog, I will be enjoying days of relaxation in the Bahamas – Paradise Island – the Atlantis Hotel to be exact. JEALOUS???

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    A Post for Those on the Wait List

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    So I finish my week of "catch-up" blogging with a post for those of you who received a wait list decision a few weeks ago. In the on-going debate about college admissions practices, the discussion over wait list policies is one of the most popular. Just do a Google search and you will find tons of newspaper articles about the subject and also "supposed" services or advice columns on how wait list works. Read the first type of articles if you are interested, but please ignore the second type … they are not worth it!

    In my years of experience, wait list decisions are the hardest to discuss. Many students have told me that receiving the news that you have been offered a spot on the wait list is considered worse than just being denied outright. I completely understand and sympathize with all the conflicting emotions involved — back in the day I also dealt with the aftermath of being wait listed by a top school of mine.

    I think that the reason there is such animosity towards and anxiety about wait list decisions is that such decisions are in fact not definitive. A while back I read in an article a great definition for the college wait list and I wrote it down in a folder of articles I save. Though I unfortunately forget the source, I do feel the quote is worth re-printing here:

    "A wait list is sort of the purgartory of college admissions. When you end up on a wait list, you’re in the twilight zone; you’re not in but you’re not out. You’re sort of on-call."

    Wait list decisions exist because of the sheer competition to get into college these days, and they work as a form of protection for schools to make sure they yield their class each year. It would be wonderful to exist in a world with definitive decisions and no wait lists, but unfortunately that ideal just doesn’t exist.

    So what do you do? Well first it is important to know that being placed on the Johns Hopkins wait list is NOT a rejection of you and your abilities. It is a statement about the exceptional quality of our applicants pool and the limited of number of spots we can offer to make our class. We respect the frustration and apprehension that exists with being placed in a state of limbo, so to assist we try to provide as much information as we can along the way.

    A few weeks ago Admissions_Mark and I sat down and composed an extensive list of frequently asked questions and answers about how the Hopkins wait list works. That list is posted below to attempt to assist you along the way. We have also created a discussion thread for you to ask us questions, and for us to post updates when they become available. We hope this helps.

    I still really want to go to Hopkins. What should I do if I want to remain on the wait list?
    To remain on the wait list we ask the complete and mail back the blue Wait List Reply Card that is included with your decision letter. Send this card back as soon as possible – it needs to be postmarked by May 1. We do not have an online form for submitting this information and we would prefer to receive the reply card back rather than fielding “remain on wait list” responses through email or phone. For students living abroad, you may send an e-mail titled “Remain on the Wait List” to <
    gotojhu@jhu.edu>, since international postal times do vary so much. Finally, it is very important to note that only those who select to remain on the wait list option will be considered for a spot in the class if spaces become available.

    Should I do anything else besides sending back the card? I heard we can update our applications. Is that true, and what kind of updates can we submit?
    You may certainly send updates that you would like added to your application. Such information can assist the Admissions committee if we do review wait list candidates for admission. We suggest the following if updating your application:

    • A Letter of Interest – A one or two page letter to the Admissions Committee that states why you are interested in Hopkins, why you feel it is the right school for you, and why you should be admitted from the wait list.
    • Updated resume – Let us know what you have gotten involved with during your senior year. This should include updated information not in your original application.
    • Recommendations – One or two additional or updated letters.
    • Updated transcript – Your most recent grades, even beyond the mid-year report can be helpful. Ask your guidance counselor to submit them if possible.

    Please DO NOT send the following: (1) additional writing samples; (2) supplemental materials such as CDs, slides, portfolios, etc.; (3) research or term papers. Just stick to the list above.

    Do note that you are not required to submit any additional materials. Also it important that if you choose to submit updates to your file that they will contribute in a substantive way or provide new information. All updates should be mailed to the Admissions Office, we can not process application updates submitted through email. When mailing, do include your full name, birth date, school name, and a note that the materials are to be used as a wait list update.

    Why was I wait listed? Was this just a way to break the bad news more gently?
    Admissions decisions are comprehensive decisions that take into account many factors included in each individual application within the context of the overall applicant pool. In every application we are searching for the ideal fit with the university based on the information in the applicant files. The Admissions Committee is unable to discuss with applicants why we were not able to offer admission, but it is important to know that offering a student a spot on our wait list is not done out of a courtesy or lessen the impact of our decision. Any student on the wait list who chooses to remain on the wait list will have a chance for admission if spaces in the class become available.

    How big is this year’s wait list? Is the wait list ranked?
    We will not know the size of this year’s wait list until we receive all wait list reply cards back. We expect that about 1000 students will request to keep their position on our wait list.

    In no way, shape, or form is our wait list ranked. If spaces in the class become available, we will review the application of each and every student who selected to remain on the wait list.

    What are my chances of being admitted from the wait list?
    It is impossible at this time to predict any individual’s chances of being admitted from the wait list. Admission will depend on how many admitted students accept their offer from Hopkins, how many students send back their wait list replay cards, and a series of other enrollment factors. There is just no way of telling, so we request your patience and understanding.

    When will I hear if I’ve been accepted off the wait list? The other schools I was admitted to require a deposit by May 1 – should I wait until I hear from Hopkins?
    Once again that all depends on the response from our admitted students. Our decision as to whether we will admit students off the wait list will not be made prior to May 1 and it is more likely we will make that determination closer to June 1. We strongly recommend that you submit your deposit to a school where you have been accepted. If you are later admitted to Hopkins from the wait list and choose to attend, you will withdraw your enrollment from the other school and forfeit the previous deposit.

    I want to come see the campus in April. Can I visit, and what kind of visit programs can I participate in?
    You are welcome to visit Hopkins in the month of April. Our offices are open Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm. Tours are offered on weekdays at 11am and 2pm, and information sessions are available at 10:00am and 1:00pm. There are some exceptions, so check out the visit section on our web site:
    http://apply.jhu.edu/visit/guidedtours.html. We regret that we are unable to accommodate any requests for overnights and/or day visits from wait listed students. Additionally, our Open House programs in April are for admitted students only.

    During my visit can I get an interview or meet with an Admissions counselor one-on-one?
    Unfortunately, no. We are unable to grant interview or meeting requests for wait listed students. Instead, we ask that you put any information or updates in a written letter which will be added to your application file. If you do have a specific question, you may email your regional counselor:
    http://apply.jhu.edu/contact/staff.html.

    If I am accepted off the wait list and I applied for financial aid, will I receive any financial assistance?
    There is no guarantee of financial assistance for students accepted from the wait list. It all depends on whether there is available funding after the numbers are crunched from the admitted students who have chosen to enroll.

    If I am accepted off the wait list, am I bound to enroll at Johns Hopkins?
    No. If we offer places in the class to students on the wait list, those students will have the chance to select whether they want to enroll at Hopkins or stick with the other University that they had previously selected. We provide students with about a two-week deadline for responding to our offer of admission from the wait list. Submitting the Wait List Reply card and selecting that you want to remain on the wait list is not a commitment to enroll at Hopkins if admitted.

    Do you have any historical data of how many students were admitted from the wait list in previous years?
    Though every year is different and the numbers vary, here is what happened the past few years:
    • 2006 – No offers of admission from the wait list.
    • 2005 – No offers of admission from the wait list.
    • 2004 – Approximately 150 students were admitted from the wait list.
    • 2003 – Approximately 100 offers.
    • 2002 – No offers.
    • 2001 – Approximately 50 offers.
    • 2000 – No offers.

    We’re Back and Better Than Ever…

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    Greetings once again. It has been a while since my last entry and I know many of you have been clamoring for updates. My apologies but I have been on a well deserved vacation from both my physical and virtual offices. This was a simple vacation for me as I enjoyed the 3 Rs: rest, relaxation, and reading. I also enjoyed some great TV season finales (LOST — WOW!), caught up on the film industry, and spent some quality time with Sozë, Lilly, and the NY Mets.

    It is nearly ten years for me now as a member of the work force, the official "real world," and I have truly grown to love my vacation days. The worst part though has to be the day you return, as you then have to tackle the piles of work that you have missed (phone messages, tons of emails, etc.).

    As I sift through my to do list, I made an update to Hopkins Insider one of my top priorities, because I know there are some eager audiences out there. This will be a short entry though, just updating you all on what has transpired in the world of Hopkins Admissions these past few weeks. I’ll return hopefully early next week with a new and much more interesting / compelling entry.

    Now on to the updates…

    Update For Wait List Students

    This past Friday (June 2) the Counseling Team finalized our work with the wait list. Though a few days later than anticipated, we needed to make sure we were comfortable and confident with these final decisions. On Friday we mailed decision letters to all applicants who informed us they wanted to remain on the wait list.

    The enrolled class of 2010, as it stands currently, is right where we want it to be. We have covered our enrollment target of 1160 freshmen and have just about an additional 100 students who have enrolled — more than covering any "summer melt" we may experience. What all that pretty much means is that we successfully made our class.

    With that in mind, the vast majority of letters mailed on Friday will notify students that since we have met our enrollment targets we are releasing them from our wait list. A small group of students (a little over 100) will receive a different letter (and email) offering them a place on our small, extended summer wait list. Those selected to be on the summer wait list are also notified that we have met our enrollment targets and the reason for this extended wait list is in the event space becomes available.

    For those accepting a place on this extended wait list it is important to note that chances for admission are slim and only will occur in the rare case that more spaces become available than the number we are currently over-enrolled. This scenario resembles what we decided to do with our wait list last year, and no students were admitted from this smaller, extended wait list then. Final decisions about the extended summer wait list will be released by July 31.

    To all of you wait list students we extend our appreciation for your patience throughout this past month and wish you all the best of luck at the institution you will attend this fall. Every year these decisions are quite difficult to make, and I hope you understand the blood, sweat, and tears we put in as we agonize over these decisions. Having personally been wait listed from one of my top choice schools, I can relate. But I also assure you that after your first week in college you will forget all about wait lists. (If not, you can always transfer….)

    Update For Transfer Applicants

    Speaking of transfers, starting around May 26 and ending late last week the Transfer Admissions committee finalized and released (by email and mail) our Fall 2006 transfer decisions. As I mentioned in my previous post, this was quite a large transfer applicant pool so the Committee was very keen on reviewing each application thoroughly. Since I do not work closely with the transfer review process, I am not privy to many statistics, aside from letting you know the acceptance rate was close to 14%. As always, questions about transfer admissions are addressed quite well here, and for those admitted – CONGRATULATIONS, and enjoy the accepted student website.

    Update For Prospective Students (Class of 2011)

    I know that more and more prospective students have begun to read this blog and that excites me. Much of the information to date has not been tailored to you specifically, but that will change soon. Keep checking back regularly as we close the book on 2010 and look towards 2011. And remember, use the comments section of this blog to make suggestions about future Hopkins Insider topics — I am looking for big ideas here!!!

    Cheers!

    P.S. Credit for the title of this entry must go to my favorite radio show, Mike and Mike in the Morning, on ESPN radio. I have been a big fan of talk radio for a long time, and no show has ever grabbed my attention as much as these guys – and it is not just for sports fans. Check it out.

    Various Updates for Various Audiences

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    I have returned from a mini-vacation and will be in the office for a bit of time until my next mini-vacation. That is the great plan for the summer – mini-vacations dispersed between a more relaxed work schedule where I actually get to think, brainstorm, and plan, while also accomplishing all those items still remaining on my grand task list. Though I love application reading, recruitment travel, and the other components of being an Admissions Counselor, my truly favorite part of working in higher education is the relaxed summer schedules.

    But before summer can officially begin, I have a various numbers of updates to pass along to the variety of audiences who actually read this blog. (((Tangent coming —> Speaking of that, are there any people who actually read this??? I sometimes wonder, especially since there are so few people using the comments section. To those commenting, I enjoy chatting with you. To those not using the comments please do so — just so I can alleviate my concern that the only people reading this blog are my family and some colleagues.))) OK, back to the point of this entry…a lot has transpired since the May 1 enrollment deadline so here are updates for all of you. Just pick the group you are in and read on – (1) Wait List Students; (2) Enrolling Students; (3) Transfer Applicants; and (4) Prospective Students.

    Update For Wait List Students

    Earlier this week, the Counseling team met with the Director of Admissions and began the discussion of enrolling class size and the wait list. It is important to note that NO FINAL DECISIONS have yet to be made, and this discussion will continue for the next couple of weeks. We will be quite deliberate in our process, taking a look at the whole picture and not making any quick decisions.

    As a staff we will continue to discuss these issues and hope to have final decisions by the end of the month. Once we have reached a decision, all students who selected to remain on the wait list will be notified by mail or email. Many of you will have questions and want to know your decisions as soon as possible — unfortunately we need to have time to weigh many factors. There is nothing you need to do at this time, but just be patient.

    Once again, I repeat we have not made any final decisions on the wait list and will update you all by the end of the month. Feel free to post any questions in the comments section if you need clarification.

    Update For Enrolling Students (The Class of 2010)

    On May 15th we launched a brand new message board just for the enrolling members of the Class of 2010. You all should have received the web address through an email invitation on Tuesday as well as a blue postcard in your enrollment confirmation mailing. This is our second year with a summer message board for incoming freshman, and if you all use it as much as last year’s class you will know a lot about your classmates before move-in on September 1 & 2.

    Use this forum as a way to meet your future classmates and also as a central place to ask questions about getting ready for Hopkins. Throughout the summer many updates will also be posted on the message boards (as well as random polls) so check back frequently.

    I am personally looking forward to checking out the discussions on the forum this summer as I am excited to see all the amazing qualities of our incoming class. Plus, I am on the look-out for freshmen bloggers – but more will follow on that later this summer.

    Update For Transfer Applicants

    The Transfer review committee is in the midst of reviewing all the transfer applications and plan to release decisions by the end of the month. The transfer applicant pool is close to 700 applications this year, which is a noticeable jump from previous years. Discussions are still on-going about how many transfer applicants will be offered admission and will continue up until the point decisions are released.

    Sorry I do not have much more to say about transfers, but unfortunately I do not sit on that committee nor do I work with transfers much. All I can add is that my colleagues involved with the transfer review process are hard at work and will get decisions out as soon as they feel comfortable with the final review of the complete pool of applicants. Just like with the wait list students, you all need to have just a bit more patience.

    Update For Prospective Students (Classes of 2011 and beyond)

    I hope you all enjoyed reading about my misadventures on the road a couple of weeks ago. (If not, check back to read my "On the Road" entries). As I stated in one of those posts, the Hopkins Insider will now primarily be directing entries to you.

    It is an exciting time to be a prospective student, as the high school year comes to an end and the grand slate of the college search begins. I hope you will visit this blog periodically throughout the summer as I will be posting every couple of weeks with updates, tips, and advice I feel prospective students will want to read about.

    But, to make this blog as useful as possible I am reaching out to all of you for assistance. Here is your task: Use the comments section of this blog to make suggestions about future Hopkins Insider topics. I will go through the list and choose some of the more interesting suggestions to become future blog entries. Suggest anything!!!

    Updates complete! All the best to you blog readers. I am off to ponder what will happen on LOST tonight…Cheers.

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