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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Three SIS Status Terms to Know

There are some common questions about SIS status that come up at this time of year.  Let me address the big three.

1.  What does "initiated" mean?
Initiated is a term the SIS uses when it puts something on your "to do" list.  It means the item is not completed or received.

2. The mid-year report is on my "to do" list, but that's not ready yet. What do I do?
Hooray!  If the mid-year report is the only thing left on your "to do" list, then you're done!  That means your application has moved into the review process. 

3. Does "view decision" mean my decision is ready?
The Student Information System has a built-in feature that adds a box at the bottom of your status page when your file is deemed complete and ready for us to read.

Here's what it looks like:

If you see that box show up, it might cause a little excitement because "view decision" shows up in the box.  Alas, when you click on the words, you get a little message saying decisions aren't ready yet. Because they aren't.


Early Action Notification = January 31st
(any change will be announced on this blog ASAP)

We release all decisions at once and we aren't done with the EA process yet. Last year was our first year with early action and we were able to release decisions early.  We won't know the release date until we're almost at it.

Back in the paper days, we knew the release date a good week in advance because the last week was used to print letters and get them into envelopes.  We were basically done.

These days, there is no lag time between the end of the review and the release.  When we're done, we can release.  We don't have to wait for letters to be printed. 

*By the way, you'll be seeing this post again in late January and early February, when it will apply to the regular decision applicants.*

Notes from Peabody...at home.