’Tis The Season: Round 1 Decision Release


The admissions team is in the final stages of making a list (of whom to admit) and checking it twice. This means Round 1 decision notifications are right around the corner! 

If you’re like me, you’ve probably already marked the day when admit calls will start. (I marked my calendar for the date that PSAT scores would be released as one of my sons took the test earlier this fall, so I empathize with the feeling of anxiousness and anticipation). 

Here’s where we are now: 

The admissions committee has finished reviewing applications, and our decisions are in the hands of the associate dean for review. After that, decisions will be entered into our system and admit calls will begin on Monday, Dec. 16, for U.S.-based admits, and on Tuesday, Dec. 17, for admits based outside of the U.S. So be sure to look out for a call coming from area code “734.” 

If we don’t catch you on the phone, we’ll leave a voicemail. And, if you’re awarded a scholarship, we’ll also let you know that on the call. 

If you don’t receive a call or voicemail, it means you’re waitlisted or not admitted. All applicants will be able to access their decisions online on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at noon EST.

The team will be in touch with waitlisted candidates in early January to share a timeline and guidance on what to do (or not do) while on the waitlist. 

Tips for Round 2 Applicants

Our Round 2 application deadline is Monday, Jan. 6, at 11:59 p.m. EST. That means you still have about three weeks to work on your application. Here are a few things to check before hitting the “submit” button:

  • Review your resume for clarity. Be sure to demonstrate key skills, knowledge, and impact. Eliminate jargon or acronyms that are industry specific.   

  • Touch base with your recommender to make sure he/she is on track for submitting your recommendation letter on time.

  • Read your essays to see if they provide insight into who you are, not what you’ve done. Have a friend or family member read your essays and ask whether they feel like they learned something about you. 

For more tips, check out to our Getting Ready for Round 2 webinar

We’ll begin reading Round 2 applications after the app deadline. There’s no advantage to submitting early. So take time over the holidays to take a break from your application and review it again later, with fresh eyes.

Like many of you, the admissions team is looking forward to the holiday break — spending time with our families, reading something other than an application, and turning on the “Out Of Office” reply. (The Admissions Office will be closed from Dec. 24, 2019, to Jan. 1, 2020.) 

We wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!

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