Question markIt’s time for another edition in our series of posts: “What You’re Asking.”

Here’s how it works: 
I scope out emails sent to and tally the most frequently asked questions. I answer a couple of the most popular questions here.

1. As long as I submit my online application before the application deadline, can my other materials (test scores, transcripts, etc.) arrive later?

The Schoolwide policy is that the online application and all (official transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, etc.) must be submitted by the .

Some of our departments (NOT ALL) are willing to review applications completed soon after the deadline. However, once the deadline has passed, admissions can no longer guarantee a review. Submitting materials after the deadline may also hurt your chances of student funding through the department.

Some of our programs (including the Schoolwide MPH) have priority and final deadlines. Applicants who complete their application by the priority deadline have a better chance of receiving funding.  Once the final deadline has passed, incomplete applications may not be reviewed.

You may wish to contact your department of interest to discuss any late materials and their possible effect on your application.

2. I asked my previous school to send my transcripts in November. I don’t see them in my online application. Have you received them?

Each year, we receive over 3,000 formally submitted applications (plus the accompanying transcripts, letters of recommendation and test scores). Many more applications remain unsubmitted and are never finished. Because of this volume, we do not process materials for unsubmitted applications or for those applications with unpaid application fees.

Materials that arrive before the application is submitted are date stamped and placed in a holding file.

Once the application is submitted and application fee paid, we create an official application file, begin processing supporting materials, and enter those materials into the online record.

Applicants may log into their online application and follow this process.

Our admissions staff works hard to process materials as quickly and accurately as possible, but it is a manual process.  It does take time - up to ten business days - especially if you submitted on or near a major .

Remember, the application and all its supporting documents are due before the application deadline. You won’t be penalized for our processing time, but if you wait until the last minute, there may not be time to resolve any issues before the department stops accepting applications.

We definitely do not want that!

Submit your application and materials now!