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Friday, March 20, 2015

A #UVA19 Regular Decision Update

The Dean just came by with his jacket on. He's ready to watch the Hoos play in the first round of the NCAA. That means he's ready for you to find out if you are going to be a Hoo!

This is actually pretty accurate.

Please keep reading! I have notes...

1. Decisions will be posted in SIS tonight. Our tech folks handle the release, so I can't pinpoint a precise moment when they will be done (back in the pre-SIS days, I just typed "-1" in the code a few times and it was done, but it's more involved now).

The "View Decision" link at the bottom of your SIS page will go to a decision letter instead of that "April 1st" message that's there right now. 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 for those who are admitted. Please do not open multiple windows or constantly hit refresh. Students have slowed SIS down to a crawl in the past by doing it. Use one window. Set a time tonight when you'll check and do something offline until then.

2.  The release is always exciting, but some of you aren't going to get the decision for which you hoped. I hope you'll focus on the college options you have instead of the ones you don't at the end of the day. I hope those of you who get offers will celebrate your success, but also be gracious around those who might not have gotten good news.

3. I will post blog entries where you can talk about the different decisions at the end of the day. I'll be back to work through any questions that are asked in the comments over the weekend.  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. A lot of people on Grounds will be watching #UVA19 so they can welcome our newest Wahoos to the UVa community. Some of you seem to be using that tag already!

4. Please don't post personal information in the comments (contact info, statistics, etc.). As I posted this morning, school-specific statistics like GPA and rank are subjective these days and don't represent the applicant accurately. What's more, there have been times when enough information about an applicant has been shared that their classmates could identify them.

5. Echols, Rodman, and College Science Scholars will be notified by email and mail on Monday. Posts about next steps, Days on the Lawn (open houses for admitted students), and statistics will come next week.

I am going to take a break now. Please understand if my responses to questions are a little delayed.