Sanguine in San Francisco writes in again...
So I was accepted into one of my top choices off of
their wait list, and was very excited to be admitted
and hoped to attend. Since being accepted, though, my
experience with the program has been a little
frustrating. They seem pretty disorganized about
sending out program info and it was difficult to get
the program to answer my questions or get me
information that I needed about the program and
They also didn't help me plan my visit -- it was all
pretty much up to me. When I visited I talked to
various people, and felt good about the information I
gathered, but I didn't feel like the faculty were
particularly welcoming. The people I spoke with were
nice, but they didn't go out of their way to spend
time with me and didn't express much enthusiasm about
working with me. I know that I'm sensitive, but I
don't think it's an issue of me being too sensitive,
because I had a different reaction to some of the
other programs that accepted me -- I felt like they
were welcoming and enthusiastic -- but unfortunately
those programs were too costly.
I also found out that I likely won't be given
funding/TAship for either year. They are going to get
back to me on the funding question, but weren't too
One of my good friends says that public programs are
just like this -- I shouldn't expect them to spend all
this attention on me or be all warm and touchy feely.
But I feel like I received a warmer welcome from other
schools and I know other people accepted into public
programs who were greeted with more enthusiasm. Is
this just how it goes when you get accepted off a wait
list? Do you think my expectations were too high, or
should a program be treating admitted students with a
lot of encouragement during a visit? Is it a bad sign
or a neutral sign would you say?
Well SiS, programs should treat admitted students with some form of enthusiasm during a trip. Unfortunately, that's not always the case. When I think back to when I visited UMass, I got a lot of help from the departmental coordinator, but that was it as far as the program itself went. I got the most help from current students.
Bottom line: It's not a good sign, but it's no reason not to go. I'd weigh your financial options, and see if you can afford the program. That should be your main concern.
Best of luck, and let us know how it goes.
I'd appreciate any comments or stories about readers' interactions with their programs. Thanks.