OT: When do early action decisions usually come?

Submitted by FormerineDomer on December 6th, 2011 at 11:10 AM

I have applied early action to UM and was wondering when the decisions usually come. The website says "no later than December 23rd" which makes me think that it should come at least a couple of days beforehand. When did they come last year?


James Burrill Angell

December 6th, 2011 at 1:53 PM ^

I do student recruiting for the University. We were told in an email recently that WE will get our lists of admitted students from the schools we work on on the 23rd which means you will find out a couple of days before. This is later than we usually get our first batch but I know they got a lot of applications in before the early decision deadline.


December 6th, 2011 at 11:21 AM ^

What information do you need in the email? I'm assuming you'd need my SSN and bank account number. Do you need my routing number, too? I could also give you my debit card number, along with the PIN and the security code on the back. Would it be helpful if you had my passport number, as well? It's just such a comforting feeling to know that the internet is full of genuinely good people!


December 6th, 2011 at 11:36 AM ^

I remember where I was when I found out that I was accepted and I remember going in to school the day after being accepted and talking about it all day. I ecen remember a ND/Wisconsin douchebag giving me shit for getting in on Facebook. I just don't remember the actual day.

turd ferguson

December 6th, 2011 at 11:31 AM ^

Good luck!

I'm just curious, but do colleges notify applicants by email about their acceptance/rejection before sending a packet?  I remember the days of nervously checking the mail for big envelopes (good) and small envelopes (bad).


December 6th, 2011 at 11:34 AM ^

For b-school I got all my responses by email. (Or an email to check my profile on the school's site.) I got mail from Iowa, where I ended up, with info on my scholarship and such, but the only thing I got into Illinois, where I also got in, was a package to try to entice me to come. Nothing from the schools I didn't get into.


December 6th, 2011 at 11:42 AM ^

They chose that for me. :( (My dad graduated from Ross, and hooked me up with someone in the admissions office who told me I really didn't have much of a chance because I didn't have enough full time experience. I'm happy with Iowa - education is almost free, plus I like the very small class size, neither of which I would get at MIchigan - but after spending a week in Ann Arbor over Thanksgiving break for the first time in three or four years, I really really miss it.)


December 6th, 2011 at 12:24 PM ^

I applied in September and heard from UM in early October and Ross in November. UM had rolling admission as of then. If nothing's changed, you should hear 1-2 months after applying I believe


December 6th, 2011 at 12:26 PM ^

I believe my sister said she found out on the last Thursday before the deadline last year, which would be around the 22nd this year. You usually get an email first, then the thick envelope in the mail a couple of days later.

For those who don't know, Michigan went the the Common App last year and eliminated rolling admissions, but guaranteed that applications in by a certain early date will have a decision by December. From what I've heard, the Common App increased applications by a lot, and it was difficult for the admissions office to handle the increase in applications to look through.


December 6th, 2011 at 12:27 PM ^

Expect early action responses about a week before Christmas.....but beware:  Michigan likes to hand out their early action decision as DEFERRED, and then you to wait another 1-3 months.  Deferred does not mean rejected, but rather they are still sorting though a gigantic number of applications and it will take more time.

Last year, become it was year one with the Common Application, when everything was so delayed that the NY Times did an article on the admission delays at UM.

Feat of Clay

December 6th, 2011 at 3:49 PM ^

There is no "usually."  U-M used to be a rolling admissions school, with an early notification option.  With the common app (and the large number of apps)  it handles the "early" part with a threshold admissions process.  Meaning everyone gets a decision on the same day.   I would expect it after mid-December.

However, as snackyx points out, the "decision" that some students get is "we can't decide on you yet"

The NYT article last year was a little overblown.  The most applicants got a decision well before the April story came out.  Very few actually got admitted at that point.  The article made it out like thousands of kids just found out they could go to Michigan and had no time to get their ducks in a row and apply for aid, etc.  Not true.

Cheesecake Wizard

December 6th, 2011 at 3:50 PM ^

I heard last year on the 16th.  Years before that heard earlier in Decmber.  I would not anticipate a decision exactly in mid-December. Be surprised, it's part of the fun. I still remember opening my email and flipping out like I'd never done in my life before that moment.


December 6th, 2011 at 7:53 PM ^

We here at the ReadYourGuard house are anxiously waiting for my son's notification.  

 We've been told that we'll find out no later than December 23.   Man, that's gonna make a hell of a Christmas present.  



PS:  He asked if he should apply to MSU as a fall back.   I said "Hell No".  He laughed and said, "glad to hear you say that.  I wasn't going to anyway."  Hell yea baby.  My son's got it.


December 6th, 2011 at 10:21 PM ^

I'm thinking about buying a ticket, but when I do so I will need to book a hotel too. Someone informed me that when you buy a ticket it says refunds will be given if they oversell? When I buy a ticket how do I know I actually have one? Any insight?