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Friday, March 21, 2014

Regular Decision Notification Update

The last two weeks of March, everyone is looking for signs that we are finished with the review process. I've had students tell me about my patterns on Twitter or the blog and how they relate to when we released decisions in past years. I've had people contact me almost every. single. day. to ask if this is the day they we'll be done.

Where did everyone go?

There are so many different pieces to this process. Besides the application review, we have to look at mid-year reports, early action students who were deferred to regular decision, the scholars programs, and we also have the rolling spring breaks that bring hundreds of students to the UVa Grounds every day.

I am so excited to tell you all that this afternoon, we finalized the last decisions and we are ready to let them go. We're going to post Regular Action decisions on your SIS accounts TONIGHT! Please keep reading!

 1. You have to log into your SIS account to see the decision. Some time tonight, that "View Decision" link at the bottom of the dashboard that goes to a dead end right now will go to a decision letter. If you can't find your login info for the SIS, use the links on the login page to generate a new password. A welcome mailing with info about next steps will come later. Please do not open multiple windows, hammering the system. Students have slowed SIS down to a crawl in the past by doing it. Use one window.

I don't have a time for the release because it takes the IT folks a while to run the script that posts the letters. It's not a case of just flipping a switch.

Welcome mailings

I will post blog entries where you can talk about the different decisions. I will step away from the blog this evening to give you time to chat (I'll be on Twitter during the basketball game because I like seeing UVa as a trending topic). I'll be back to work through any questions that are asked in the comments tomorrow.  I trust you to be respectful of others in the comments. Feel free to flag a comment if you need me to step in. That notification will go to my phone.

3. Notification Day brings a lot of joy, but there are going to be some hurt feelings as well. While I want you to be happy and celebrate your successes, I hope you'll be gracious around classmates who might not get good news. If you don't get the good news, I hope you'll be happy about the options you DO have.

4. Please don't post personal information in the comments (contact info, statistics, etc.). This is not a private page. What's more, statistics like GPA and rank are subjective and don't represent the applicant accurately. GPAs are meaningless without the high school profile's explanation of the methodology used to calculate them. What's more, posting that you took 87 AP courses doesn't tell the story of your high school career.

5. I'll share statistics on Monday afternoon.

Good luck to you all!
Whoo Hoo! You made it to the finish line!