dactylonomist wrote:This may have been mentioned, but do you guys think there are any negative consequences to emailing a department/admissions to ask about your status? I suppose one could always do it under the veil of another inquiry, and hope that they tell you whether or not a decision has been rendered.
I'm really wanting to check about Rutgers, since they seem to wait until mid-late March to send rejections. I have spoken with a professor there about working on a specific research project, but it seems inappropriate/awkward to contact him directly.
I would email Rutgers. Just email the graduate secretary if you don't feel comfortable asking the professor specifically. I emailed the graduate secretary about a request they had made on my application and she told me:
"Our Admissions Committee has finished their review of applications to our PhD program, and has begun to make their initial offers. I regret to inform you that we are unlikely to make you an offer. Your application does have multiple strong points. However, we have a large pool of over 350 applications, with many impressive applications, including yours, and with only a few openings this year, this forces us to turn down many strong applicants. We wish you the best in your future career."
I'm guessing you can probably find out where you stand if you shoot off a quick email.