the waiting...

<p>I don't have a specific question to ask since I pretty much already have my questions answered about Northwestern (and am in love with that school). I'm basically just blowing off some steam related to anxiety. My application has been submitted and is, thus, out of my hands from now on in this process. I think that I'm now in the hardest part of this whole "application thing," and that is the waiting period (I'm sure many of you can relate to what I'm feeling right now). What's even worse is that I know that I've done basically everything I can possibly do to sell myself in my application, and I wish that I could have done more (if there was even anything more I could have done). Oh well, whatever happens, happens (the worst part about the waiting is that I'm beginning to second guess myself for some reason).</p>

<p>Oh well, I have to go study for a calculus test that I have on Tuesday. I think that I just had to get all of that out in writing and "off my chest."</p>

<p>I didn't apply ED but had a question anyway. NU doesn't defer any ED candidates to RD. The applicant either gets accepted or rejected. I'm not sure how many other schools do that. How does that affect NU's early decision program? Comments?</p>


<p>I'm not sure if I can really help you on that one since I'm applying to them as well and am not an expert on their admissions process. I didn't apply ED either (hence the long wait that I'm going to have to deal with whether I like it or not) for one reason and one reson only. That would be money concerns. I didn't want to set myself up for possible problems if it turns out that I can't find the money to pay for my tuition (I applied RD mainly as a safety measure just in case they for some reason accept me since I really have no idea whether or not they will). However, NU would be my first choice if I were accepted.</p>

<p>Now back to you. I visited Northwestern last summer, and this topic was discussed in an information session (if you're asking what I think you're asking). However, last summer now means a few months ago so my memory may be a little hazy by now (meaning don't quote me on anything). I'm guessing that they don't defer ED applicants to RD because they know that with the ED applicants, NU is already their first choice. Also, it was stated that it is not any easier applying to NU ED than RD. This means that if someone doesn't have the qualities that they're looking for in ED, there will not really be any difference than if he or she applied RD. They don't want to have to make these applicants wait several months in a deferral if their decision would most likely not change. </p>

<p>I'm not sure if this really helps. I hope that somebody else that knows a little bit more about the admissions processes there can either back me up or rebuke me on what I'm saying. Thanks to them in advance.</p>

<p>Boy you are on the ball with the application. I'm RD for the same reason. Not sure what Fin Aid will be.
I know the ED acceptance rate is much higher as it is as most schools. Just kinda strange with the no deferral policy.</p>

<p>Let's hope someone can shed some light on this.</p>

<p>Ohhh, I'm a nervous wreck. I'm so stressed out. It would probably be the best day of my life, if I get accepted. I keep picturing what would happen if I get rejected. Ahhh</p>

<p>When I went to an information session last year, adcoms said that NU doesn't defer applicants because the ED acceptance rate IS a little higher than the RD rate, and so if a student isn't going to get in ED, he/she is not going to get in RD with a lower acceptance rate and more competition.</p>

<p>BTW, I know how all of you guys feel - I was in your exact position last year. It's really, really hard waiting, but it will all be worth it when the stress is relieved in April!</p>

<p>The waiting part does suck because I just want to get in and avoid filling out all of the other applications. If you get in it makes life so much easier.</p>