After you have submitted applications to several U.S. universities, there are a number of ways for you to check on their statuses.
If online admission status doesn’t give much information or doesn’t show updated information, this article lists a few other ways that will help you determine your admission status.
Students who already have one or more university admissions should have no worries, unless their dream college admission status is still put on hold.
If you haven’t got any graduate school admission yet and if your online application status still says “under process” or “under review”, it’s good to read:
I know how it feels when your friends are already preparing for their visa interviews but you’re still clueless about your own fate. But you have come to the right place.
The following are the different possible ways to know your college admission application status:
- Online Application Status
- Email the Graduate School
- Email the Department
- Phone call to Graduate School
- Status through your friends
Online Application Status
Most schools do not regularly update information on their online application status list. It is possible that a department could have already issued admission notices, but the graduate school still needs time to update the application statuses online.
If you are running out of time, go to the next step.
Email the Graduate School
This sometimes works, if the person responsible to read and reply to emails sent to the graduate school is keeping up with all emails. Graduate schools receive lots of emails.
So this might help you. If not, go to the next step.
Email the Department
I have written previously about contacting professors during the college/graduate school admission process. If some of the professors have replied to you before, then it’s good to email them again.
Ask for their help about your admission status. If those particular professors like you, you should get the admission status sooner.
Aside from professors, you can also send email to the Department administrative assistant or personnel and ask about your admission status. If that doesn’t help, then the next step is the fastest way to find your graduate school admission status.
Phone call to Graduate School
Call the graduate school during office hours to follow-up on your application status. Before making the phone call, ready your graduate school application number or student ID which should have been assigned to you when you applied.
If you don’t have a student ID yet, they will ask to verify your last name, birth date, and address. By then, they should be able to tell you your admission status.
This is the fastest and most effective way to find one’s admission status.
Status through your friends
If you have friends studying in the university you have applied for, you can give them permission to know your application status on your behalf. They can walk in person to the graduate school office and follow-up the status for you.
Also, if you’re running out of time, the graduate school can give the I-20 to your friends and they can send it through a fast courier service. Since the graduate school will send it via normal mail, it will take 2-3 weeks to reach India.
In case you know of any other way to know the college/university application status, please share by posting your comments below.