Kisses of Death, and Holds

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If a school (Drexel) says after contacting them that "your application is complete and under review" -- is that basically saying you're going to be rejected ultimately? They've been saying this to me since I submitted my seocndary in August. Is this type of answer what the purgatory-esque "hold" in many threads are referring to?
 

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To me, that just sounds like the standard answer they give you when you are complete. If you were actually on "hold," I think they would tell you as much. On the other hand, I suspect some schools don't have a "hold" category for ppl, and simply continue to cycle them through until they decide to keep or reject them. So yeah, that's my two cents. Hope that helps you.
 

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I'm in the same boat - I've heard nothing back from Temple, Jefferson, or Drexel. I'm treating them as de facto rejections, but I could be entirely mistaken.
 

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Speaking of Temple, does anyone get those annoying Temple School of Podiatry emails? Id come home and check my email and see Temple in the sender, and then open it, and its about Podiatry. Teases :)
 

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It's almost like there was a thread about that very thing!

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To me, that just sounds like the standard answer they give you when you are complete. If you were actually on "hold," I think they would tell you as much. On the other hand, I suspect some schools don't have a "hold" category for ppl, and simply continue to cycle them through until they decide to keep or reject them. So yeah, that's my two cents. Hope that helps you.

Thank you. That actually helps a lot. Can you explain though what exactly a "hold" category is? I'll also search for other threads on it..
E.g. if I had to rank what the best position to be in is, would it be:
Sucky <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Great
rejected < "your application is complete and under review" purgatory < hold for interview < interview < waitlist < accepted?
 

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Ah but just when you think you have it figured out, some schools throw in a post interview "deferred decision" category, which I guess is better than a waitlist. Some schools even have 2 types of waitlist, an "alternate list" (real wait-list as we know it), and "wait-list: (black hole of death). They're always trying to keep us on our toes.
 

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This is all very school specific. I have heard different people that were "under review" at Drexel get pretty much every outcome eventually. If you have been complete since August though, that is kind of a long time. You are at least not rejected yet though, which is definitely a good thing.

Schools like Temple usually don't send out rejections untils pring, and others like Jefferson sometimes forget to send one out at all ... ever. So for them I am taking their continuing silence as a rejection. (I too was complete in August).
 

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I'm in the same boat - I've heard nothing back from Temple, Jefferson, or Drexel. I'm treating them as de facto rejections, but I could be entirely mistaken.
Isn't it about time now to treat every non-invite as a de facto rejection?

What boggles my mind is that this year, with a statistically stronger application, I have gotten no invites, yet last year with a pretty weak application, I got invites.
 

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Isn't it about time now to treat every non-invite as a de facto rejection?

What boggles my mind is that this year, with a statistically stronger application, I have gotten no invites, yet last year with a pretty weak application, I got invites.

That's what I'm doing - goodbye UCSD, Davis, and UNC...
 

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I'm in the same boat - I've heard nothing back from Temple, Jefferson, or Drexel. I'm treating them as de facto rejections, but I could be entirely mistaken.

I believe both Temple and Jefferson are still sending out interview invites. I'm not sure about Temple, but the guy at Jefferson said they were interviewing until April...that puts some light in the purgatory, though that's not always a good thing.
 

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See--my hypothesis is that when a school says "we're interviewing until April," they're referring to the actual dates of interview days extending into April, NOT to the days they send interview invites out.

In other words, Temple may well have organized interview days until April, but they may only be giving invitations out until say, March 1. That would make sense because don't most schools give like at least 2-3 weeks for students to make travel arrangements?

Le sigh.
 

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This is all very school specific. I have heard different people that were "under review" at Drexel get pretty much every outcome eventually. If you have been complete since August though, that is kind of a long time. You are at least not rejected yet though, which is definitely a good thing.

Schools like Temple usually don't send out rejections untils pring, and others like Jefferson sometimes forget to send one out at all ... ever. So for them I am taking their continuing silence as a rejection. (I too was complete in August).

Haemulon, that's reassuring (sorta =). I think I'm still going to mark it off on my spreadsheet as a rejection. If you happen to know of someone who was "complete and under review" and then got an interview, do you think you could let me know their screenname so I can PM them and see if they did anything special to prompt an interview? I've already sent a LOinterest. I'll also do a search now, but if you know someone off the top of your head I'd be thrilled.
 

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Haemulon, that's reassuring (sorta =). I think I'm still going to mark it off on my spreadsheet as a rejection. If you happen to know of someone who was "complete and under review" and then got an interview, do you think you could let me know their screenname so I can PM them and see if they did anything special to prompt an interview? I've already sent a LOinterest. I'll also do a search now, but if you know someone off the top of your head I'd be thrilled.

I can't think of a name off hand, but I will look through my PM's later to see. Good luck to you! I know how rough it is to be kept hanging.
 

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Thanks Haemulon!! You always come through =)
I am SO excited for you again!!
 
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