The priority deadline has passed…now what?!

We begin the transition from frenetic calls about tardy transcripts and absent-minded recommenders to what do I do now?

If you submitted your application and ALL supplemental documents
Well done! Likely you received an email from the Office of Graduate Studies notifying you that your application was forwarded to the Josef Korbel School. You should have also received an email from our office (Graduate Admissions) confirming receipt of your application and forwarding it to the Admissions Review Committee. While you can breathe a deep sigh of relief that the next application step is out of your control, you still have homework to do. That’s right, homework. To fill the time between now and when we will announce admissions decisions (around early March), I recommend continuing your graduate school research so when you are accepted to ALL the schools you applied to, you can make a thoroughly informed decision. Here are a few areas I recommend checking out on the Josef Korbel School site and comparing with other schools:

Current student blogs
Career and internship information
News and events
International student info
Cost of attendance, Korbel scholarships and external scholarships

If you submitted your application but have one or more documents outstanding (and therefore an incomplete application)
First things first – BREATHEEEEE. It’s ok if your degree transcript arrived at 12:01am on January 16 (which it didn’t b/c it was MLK day and NOTHING arrived that day, so really we received it on the 17). Even if we received it on the 18, 19, 20 or early next week, it is perfectly fine and we will still consider it received by the January 15 deadline and if your application is complete, the committee will evaluate you for admission AND merit scholarships. We will continue to accept applications and supplemental materials, and review completed applications until our class is filled. When will that happen? I have no idea – that’s the risk you are taking by not completing your application by the 15th.

My second recommendation: check the status of your application often, give it 8-10 business days for us to receive and process your documents and hassle those recommenders if they continue to forget to submit their letters! Keep in mind that we only need two recommendations and it takes ETS approximately 10-12 business days to submit GRE scores.  Once your application is complete, refer to the section above.

With that, I will get back to reviewing applications. Let me just say – it’s such a pleasure getting to know all of you. Brad and I, along with the rest of the review committee, really enjoy this aspect of our job so thank you for all of your hard work and for being such exceptional applicants!

Apparently many of you read our blog because we had very few emails and calls this Tuesday (and after the previous admissions blog). My apologies if I scared you from contact us. Please don’t hesitate to give us a ring or shoot us an email if you have any questions or concerns. However, based on the number of applications received, it seems like you are all successfully navigating the application process!


Nicole Vilegi-Sandage
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
Josef Korbel School of International Studies