Graduate School Admission Decision; University’s Response Time

Raghuram Sukumar Application 4 Comments

Here’s a question from Anand about the response time in the admission decision process by graduate schools in the U.S.

Hi, I am Anand. My score details are as follows:

  • GRE: 1,320
  • TOEFL: 111/120

I had applied at 5 U.S. universities for the spring 2010 intake and they are: USC, U. Texas-Dallas, ASU, V. Tech, and TAMU. Though I applied as early as early August 2009, until now (i.e., Oct. 2009), I haven’t  received a single response from any of those universities. Could you kindly tell me some tentative time when can I expect these universities to start responding? I am a little concerned due to the delay. I am also thinking of applying again for the Fall of 2010.

University Admission Decision

You have to understand the entire Graduate School Admission process. (What happens after you submit your college admission application.)

  • Typically it will take 2 to 4 months for U.S. universities to respond to international students’ applications.
  • This response time also depends on the type of admission deadlines followed by U.S. universities (Hard Deadline vs. Rolling Admissions)

University Hard Admission Deadlines

  • Example – When a university specifies deadlines as Nov. 2, 2009 or Jan. 15, 2009.
  • All graduate school applications will be collected until the deadline.
  • The application packets will be processed after the deadline or all admission documents are required (Application Fee, Test Scores, etc.).
  • It will take 2 to 4 months after the deadline for US universities to reach admission decisions.

Rolling Admission Deadline

  • Universities typically process applications upon receiving them.
  • Will take 2 to 4 months from the date universities had received all admission documents
  • If you apply too early, they will wait before your application will be even opened and processed.

Read about the 5 Ways  to Check Graduate School Application Status, and go back to all the universities’ websites to check the deadlines and admission policies and calculate when you can expect to receive responses from them.

Suggestion: You should wait ’till you hear back from all the universities you had applied at before applying for the Fall 2010 semester.

Try to find the admission status by following any of the 5 ways discussed above. Have lots of HOPE and POSITIVE THINKING.


  1. HSB

    It is quite impressive article.thanks for showering us with hope.

    yes student should must spend some time to check up the required information from the concerned university which he/she applying.

    the young friends in their hurry refuses to spend searching.

    this attitude must be of pathfinder.

    thanks HSB



  2. Yeah its true.In UCB they start accepting applications

    from Sept 1st week till end of Dec. But they start

    evaluating each profile only in the second week of Jan.

    And then it will take atleast 2 more months for them

    to respond

  3. Hi guys,

    My gre n toefl scores are 960,86

    and my academic % is 64.8(ece)jntu-h i have applied to 4 univ's for spring 2011 they are

    western michigan university

    southern illinois carbandale

    wichita state university

    suny at new paltz

    now my pblm is dat i have failed in 1 elective subject in my 4-2 sem,but acording to jntu-h rules a student should require 216 credits out of 224 credits to b awarded a degree and i have secured 220 credits n i got my certificates dat i hav secured degre(as dat subject is not taken into consideration) with first class n in my semester marks memo it is marked fail but on my consolidated marks memo it is marked as * which means that subject is not taken into consideration as i secured d req credits.So my doubt is dat would dis b a pblm for admission i have sent my transcripts to the univ's with provisional certificate and consolidated marks memo n sem marks memo

  4. i'm planning to apply for this spring(2011).but not yet finished the application process.but the deadline is on oct is it possible for me to apply for this spring and get response in aquick time?
    another problem is that i'm going to give my toefl on oct 9.because i got 76 in my first toefl ibt…is it any problem to sending my toefl score again???
    pl help me out….

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