It says on their website that notifications go out by May 15th. Are they typically released exactly on May 15 or do they sometimes go out before? The timing is really screwy in that my acceptances to UVA and William and Mary both require an application decision and deposit by the 15th. I'd really like to go to Columbia but I'm not going to risk a school-less fall 2012 solely based on a chance of acceptance at Columbia.
Also, does anyone know the medium by which applicants are notified of their decisions? Are they listed on the student info site, is it an e-mail the university sends, or is it just something they send in snail mail?