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Why are so many people applying as a safety?

UDUBHUSKIESUDUBHUSKIES 632 replies119 threads Member
edited July 2012 in University of Washington
No disrespect, but all of you people applying that are also applying to Georgetown, Berkeley, and those schools, and probably wouldn't be going to UDUB anyways. So, what I'm wondering is, why do you apply then, knowing that you might be taking away someone else's dream of going to UDUB? Once again, no disrespect meant.
edited July 2012
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  • uwdreameruwdreamer 20 replies2 threads New Member
    wow, you took the words right out of my mouth..
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  • floridadad55floridadad55 2192 replies70 threads Senior Member
    Even most top students cannot count on getting into a top 20 school.

    Further, a state's flagship university is a logical safety school.

    Many people will reason, "if I don't get into a top 20 school, then I might as well to the state flagship university".
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  • UDUBHUSKIESUDUBHUSKIES 632 replies119 threads Member
    of course, I guess that since the yield rate is so low, that's a blessing in disguise, so maybe it's not such a bad thing. so, it would be like having less impressive applicants with a lower admit rate.
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  • seatacseatac 574 replies11 threads Member
    I wouldn't worry about this too much. First of all, like it was said - not everyone with top stats will get into his or her first choice. Second of all, the UW always sends out more offers that it has empty spots. So, those who got into their first choices would reject the offer. That's also what waitlists are for - to fill those spaces that have freed up. My main point is that everything eventually evens out. People with high stats create competition, and that is great. If the UW wasn't so competitive I doubt it would have its current prestige.
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  • uwdreameruwdreamer 20 replies2 threads New Member
    Does uw do ED, EA, rolling admission?

    The admission application for uw doesn't change right? ( considering getting it done during the summer :/ )

    When does UW post the essay prompts for freshmen 2013?

    Does UW inquire about 1st semester gpa of senior year?
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  • UDUBHUSKIESUDUBHUSKIES 632 replies119 threads Member
    to my knowledge
    UW does not do ED, EA, or Rolling Admission. They pool all the applications, and only do RD
    I don't think it changes. I'm doing it right now, too.
    I don't know when they post the prompts, probably in September or October
    I don't believe they look at 1st semester of Senior Year except to look at what classes you took.
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  • travelgirltravelgirl 714 replies33 threads Member
    Yes, they pool applicants.

    They stopped doing rolling admissions a few years ago.
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  • nana17nana17 140 replies45 threads Junior Member
    sometimes, other factors are involved in such a decision. i applied to Berkeley and got in, but due to financial issues and residency problems, i decided to go to UW, which is a great school as well.
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  • UDUBHUSKIESUDUBHUSKIES 632 replies119 threads Member
    uwdreamer, i e-mailed admissions. they said that the prompts are going up October 1st, 2012. They will notify us at that time if the prompts change.
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  • uwdreameruwdreamer 20 replies2 threads New Member
    thanks! im gonna start filling out my application and essay.
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  • seatacseatac 574 replies11 threads Member
    I believe the uw is switching to the common app this fall, so take this into account.
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  • uwdreameruwdreamer 20 replies2 threads New Member
    what do you mean by common app? and how do you know?
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  • seatacseatac 574 replies11 threads Member
    Oops. Looks like the Senate only passed a resolution recommending switching to the common app: ASUW recommends UW switch to common app | The Daily
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  • uwdreameruwdreamer 20 replies2 threads New Member
    so its still the same app on the site right? i totally think uw shouldn't hitch the wagon... I think UW's distinct application helps give students the opportunity to express themselves with their own colors.
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  • UDUBHUSKIESUDUBHUSKIES 632 replies119 threads Member
    yah, i agree. plus, then there are less applicants competing.
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  • sumzupsumzup 782 replies17 threads Member
    UW was my safety, and here I am. *shrugs*
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  • MoooahMoooah 45 replies4 threads Junior Member
    to add to that... I've a National Merit, Valedictorian schoolmate who'll becoming here in the fall. He got in to UPenn, Berkely, Davis, UChicago, etc. but ultimately decided to come to the UW instead. And UW was his safety....
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  • EskimokelsEskimokels 99 replies12 threads Junior Member
    I think everyone should have a safety school, especially if applying to big schools like Berkeley and UChicago. Admissions are unpredictible, and after all, I'd rather end up at my safety than a community college in the off chance all my top choices are denied.

    If a student doesn't want to go to UW after being accepted, I wouldn't say that they're "taking a spot away" from a prospective student. After all, after their spot is cancelled, it may be given to a waitlisted student who wants to go there just as much. It does sound annoying, especially for those of us who are just dying to go to UW, but after all, UW does admit more than they have room for, and you can't expect everyone to accept their place there.
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