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weired letter

favazifavazi Posts: 7Registered User New Member
edited February 2008 in Graduate School
Hi all,

I have received an email with this subject "Invitation to visit day" and below is the content. I was wondering if this is an acceptance or not.

Good luck to all of you.

Congratulations! The admission committee of the ... Department has just nominated you for admission to our PhD program and for receiving a financial aid offer. The administrative procedures of our university will slightly delay formal notification of the details of admission and the financial aid offer, but you will be receiving those shortly.

In the meantime, and on behalf of our department, I would like to invite you to attend our official visit day for prospective graduate students.
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Replies to: weired letter

  • Blah2009Blah2009 Posts: 1,337Registered User Senior Member
    In a word yes. You'll be receiving financial aid also. Hope its a great program and congrats!
  • ticklemepinkticklemepink Posts: 2,764Registered User Senior Member
    OF COURSE it's an acceptance letter!!! Never mind the subject line! Go out and celebrate! :)
  • 14_of_spades14_of_spades Posts: 222Registered User Junior Member
    >Department has just nominated you for admission to our PhD program and for receiving a financial aid offer.

    I think the opening is pretty clear.

    They've decided they want you, and it seems like you're now being recruited. Congrats!
  • floopydrivefloopydrive Posts: 61Registered User Junior Member
  • newmassdadnewmassdad Posts: 3,848Registered User Senior Member
    Letters like this happen because at many universities, the department manages the process, but the formal admit comes from the graduate school or some similar academic unit. I suspect that at this university, departments have been told they cannot tell applicants they've been accepted, otherwise the department would have been more direct.

    Another example of academic politics.
  • dsldsl Posts: 37Registered User Junior Member

    I know what you mean about being a bit confused by the terminology they use. The email I received said "recommended"... I hope it means I was accepted, because I'm off to celebrate, ha.
  • SlantNGoSlantNGo Posts: 29Registered User New Member
    You have been recommended for admisson by the department but the Graduate School has to approve their recommendation. Usually this is the case unless the Graduate School finds that you forged something in your application for example.
  • dsldsl Posts: 37Registered User Junior Member

    Thanks! I can't wait to receive an official letter or email, just to be 100% sure. Good luck everyone!
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