derivate wrote:I have not heard back from 8 schools, many of which appear to have sent acceptances and rejects on GSC. Should I be worried at this point? I was thinking that I should contact these schools and ask about my status. To those who have done so, who exactly do you email? Do you email the Director of Graduate Studies or the department assistant/secretary?
Well, some people will tell you not to worry, since schools haven't made all of the decisions yet. That is true, but if schools have sent out decisions already and you haven't gotten one, then you're on a waitlist (save for a small number of schools that might be doing things in other ways, for example by going through the applications sequentially and making decisions as they progress and not in a single go). I'm in the same situation and I do
worry. Gotta face up to reality, unfortunately. That is not to say you won't get admitted to those schools, but realistically, the chances might not favor you as there are usually a lot of applicants on waitlists. So yeah, I don't know what to tell you. You can't change anything now, so don't worry, but recognize where you stand?
As for who to contact, I'd go with the person that's listed as the graduate admissions contact in the "contact us" section of the departmental website. Sometimes they might refer your e-mail to the director of graduate studies or they might have someone else dealing with it. In any case, I'd go (and I do go) with them rather than the graduate director directly, unless of course the latter is listed as the actual contact person. Or just call them. Often, they're friendly and will give you more info than what they'd give you in a short e-mail (perhaps not on the application, but you can ask more questions as you talk to them).