Bottomology wrote:I’m starting to get nervous, since most of the schools I applied to have already admitted people. Does anyone know how common it is for schools to accept in waves?
From this Website, you can always look at last year's 2018 Applicant Profiles -- look at their acceptance dates for your schools of interest, and note if there are gaps. For example, maybe you'll notice some students are admitted in January, while others in February, and still others in March for the same school. That would imply that the school admits in waves/rounds/batches.
Alternatively, you can go to Grad Cafe (thegradcafe.com) and do a search for your school's program. You will see admission history dates and can infer if your school always admits just one batch, or if your school spreads out its admissions over time. For example, if you search for "*Math Chicago", you can see Pure Math admissions in January and March while Applied Math admissions are in February. You may also find that the order of admissions varies even within the department -- some schools admit applied first, then pure, while others do pure first and applied, etc.
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