Checking the Status of your Applications – Don’t Be A Nuisance!

If you’re applying to universities in Australia or the UK this year, then you don’t need to read this article. Why? Because university application systems in those countries make perfect sense! Unfortunately for those of you who want to study in America though, you’re dealing with the most nonsensical application system in the world.

Even for those schools that use the Common Application (347 this year), keeping track of your application statuses is still incredibly annoying. Some schools have application trackers built into their application websites. Some have completely different websites for tracking your status, because that makes perfect sense (yes, that is heavy sarcasm). Some incredibly “old-school” universities don’t even have an application tracking system at all! Worst of all is the University of Texas – Austin, whose system seems like it’s actively trying to make you confused.

So with all of these possibilities, how can you find an answer to the simple question: what the heck is going on with my application?

I’ve only got one answer for you…wait.

Let’s think about what’s going on in admissions offices across the US right now. Teams of admissions officers and staff members are sorting through piles and piles and more piles of random application documents. Some documents have mistyped names. Some don’t have any names at all! At a big state school, they’re likely dealing with 15,000 applications. Worst of all, they have to sort these applications in the next few weeks before sitting down and reading them all!

Now imagine that you’re that admissions counselor with a stack of 3,000 applications in front of you. How are you going to feel if some random student sends him an email that asks: how is my application?! You’d probably be pretty annoyed, huh?

Trust me, there’s no way to figure out the status of your application before March, unless your target university has updated your status on their application site. Don’t email them. Don’t call them. Don’t send them a letter. It’ll only put them in a bad mood when they do actually review your application.

Of course, this advice doesn’t apply if you have a valid reason for believing that the admissions office hasn’t received all of your materials. If so, please do get them on the phone and try to figure out the problem. It’s your future at stake after all. If you sent everything properly though, just sit back, relax, and take this opportunity to reward yourself for being such an awesome student. You’ll find out where you’re going when April rolls around. Until then, have some fun. You earned it.

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