NYU received 38,037 applications for the class of 2014, a 3 percent increase from last year.
“Congratulations! You MAY have been accepted to NYU.”
Article by Emily Jennings
Published March 24, 2010
This past week, selected high school seniors received puzzling e-mails from the office of undergraduate admissions hinting that they would likely be admitted.
"While your decision packet may not be mailed for another two weeks, it might be a good idea for you to start checking travel plans to visit campus," the e-mail read.
Randall Deike, vice president of enrollment management, said the e-mail was not intended as a final admission decision, but to give students plenty of time to make plans to visit NYU.
"We are not necessarily indicating to students that they have been admitted for sure, but we're just trying to remind folks that they should be planning if they are interested in attending any of these events," Deike said.
Deike recognized that students may have been confused by the e-mail, and said students will receive another e-mail that gives more direct information at the end of March.
Aneri Doshi, a senior from Harrison, N.Y., was one of the thousands of students to receive the e-mail.
Doshi said she thought the e-mail was "a little bizarre and eccentric," and it wasn't until she called the admissions office that they told her she had been accepted.
Omer Zach, a senior from Palo Alto, Calif., also found the e-mail frustrating.
"Waiting for college decisions is incredibly stressful, and a somewhat cryptic e-mail just added to that stress," he said.
But NYU is not the only school notifying accepted applicants before decisions are announced on April 1. Cornell and Columbia universities have both e-mailed seniors who will be granted admission to their undergraduate programs.
Including students who applied to NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU received 38,037 applications for the class of 2014, a 3 percent increase from last year.
Deike said he was impressed with this year's applicants.
"We've had an excellent year, not just in applications, but in the profile of students applying," he said.
While not all admissions decisions have been finalized, all students admitted to the Liberal Studies Program have been notified.
"Because LSP is a program to which students are referred, we try to notify them as soon as we possibly can so they have more time to think about whether or not they're interested in the LSP program," Deike said.
Emily Jennings is a staff writer.
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