There's a new thread about another Brown email: Life after Brown. My son got that one yesterday. They are lovely and maddening as they are obviously NOT likely letters. Are they "sorta likely" letters?
Lord, I did not mean to freak you out. This stuff is so insane-provoking, I know. Yesterday's email begins thus:
You might be thinking about how a Brown degree will follow through to Life After Brown
Our alumni exemplify the successful outcome of the University mission to “… prepare students to discharge the offices of life with usefulness and reputation.” They contribute to a variety of professions including medicine, business, the arts, and the public sector.
As in past ones, this one did not have my son's name on it, so it appears to be a totally generic "keeping in touch" email.
^^ I disagree about the "keeping in touch" part. If only some people received this email, and not everyone, then Brown chose to make a distinction. Why would they make such distinction unless they wanted to be sure they were "top of mind" for candidates they want at the same time those candidates may actually be receiving likely letters or other tempting correspondence from competitive schools. I actually would read good things into receipt of that email -- especially, again, since not everyone received it.
I got it but I had to check my Junk/Spam folder, since a lot of my college emails are being sent there for some reason. So if you haven't, then check there, just in case. (I'm talking about the second, "Life After Brown" one.)
Last edited by kgoodwin18; 02-25-2012 at 11:44 AM.
^^ I interpret not receiving the second email as a pre-rejection.
Don't. It is NOT a pre-rejection. Brown simply WOULD NOT DO THAT.
It could be as simple as a pilot project to see what type of emails work best and generate the highest matriculation rate. Don't read more into these generic, PR, nice emails than you should. Brown does not pre-reject -- that is simply absurd.
^^ The test will be whether those who receive the email and those who did not both got into Brown -- it is real simple. So, let's hope people remember this thread and post their acceptances or rejections and whether they received the email or not. Brown is not a stupid school. They understand that every scintilla of correspondence has meaning to an applicant, and all applicants are sifting tea leaves and looking at smoke signals. I don't believe that Brown is so unserious as to send out these teasers without reason. I may agree with you that it is a pilot project; you yourself noted that it may be tied to generating a higher matriculation rate. As such, don't you feel that the emails would be best directed to those that Brown wants to matriculate? Why would they send the email to someone they intend to accept just on the basis of seeing whether that person accepts or not and someone tie it to a couple of emails? This seems a rather slim basis for a "research" project. No, I believe that this is a campaign, that it has intent, and that it is focused on those whom Brown is seeking to admit. Indeed, I predict that we will see at least one of these emails every so often between now at April 1, and with increasing specificity about how Brown is good "for you." There may indeed be a crecendo on April 1 when an email comes actually with your name on it as the curtain falls on this mini-campaign.