Friday, December 9, 2011

FAQ Friday: What’s the deal with re-applications?

Today, we’re talking about the re-application process.  What’s that? some of you may ask.  This is when applicants who were rejected or wait listed for a previous semester choose to apply again.
Applicants are only considered re-applicants if they applied in the previous year.  So, if you applied for Fall 2011 and now you’re applying for Fall 2012, you are considered a re-applicant.  (If you had applied for Fall 2009 or 2010, we consider you a brand new applicant.  Blank slate.  Tabula rasa.)
So, if you’re a reapplicant, what does this mean for you?  Well, you can find informationhere.  But let me break it down for you.
First, you do have to submit a new online application.  Unfortunately, our Apply Yourself application doesn’t allow for two applications with the same email address, and your old application is still in the system.  So you’ll need to create a new Apply Yourself account with a different email address, create a new application and pay a new application fee.  When you do, make sure that you indicate on the application that you applied for Fall 2011.
All that stuff you submitted last year?  We will re-use it automatically if you indicate that you applied for Fall 2011.
You will need to submit a few new items:
  1. A re-application essay, in which you discuss what you’ve done over the last year to improve your candidacy
  2. A new resume, which should reflect the growth you’ve discussed in your essay
  3. A new recommendation, from a reference who can address how you’ve grown and progressed specifically since your last application
Now, a note on recommendations: the Apply Yourself application won’t let you submit an application without entering the names of your references.  List your new reference as you normally would and indicate if s/he will be submitting online or via paper.  Then, list the recommendations we already have on file, and indicate that they will be submitting paper letters.  This way they won’t get an email requesting a new letter.
There you have it!  It’s really that simple.
Thanks for reading!
– Erin Cameron, Associate Director of Admissions
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