As of today, we have received 157 new fall 2024 graduate student applications, with an additional 1,839 applications in progress.
Additionally, we have 188 applicants for the Spring 2024 term awaiting decisions. These candidates require our immediate attention to either admit, deny, or defer their applications to a subsequent term.
Reflecting on the Fall 2023 cycle, 670 applicants did not receive a response from the graduate program to which they applied as of mid-semester. We have since administratively closed those open applications. However, we must remember that each application represents an individual who has invested considerable time and resources in considering our institution and who deserves a decision – positive or negative – in a timely manner. Recognition of this issue marks an opportunity for us to improve our current admissions process and ensure timely responses to our prospective students. The Graduate School is here to support you in this process.
To facilitate a more efficient and transparent admissions process, we have introduced an Admissions Management section to our overall Knowledge Base, which is linked under Faculty and Staff Resources from our home webpage. This section includes guidance on our new WebAdMIT system for applicant evaluation and step-by-step instructions for the myWSU admission or denial process. Additionally, a new dashboard has been developed to assist programs in monitoring applicants awaiting decisions. Directions for accessing this new dashboard (applied, not admitted, denied, or enrolled) are included the knowledge base linked below.
As the responsibility for making admission recommendations lies with our graduate programs, I urge you to use these new tools effectively. Ensuring applicants receive a timely response is crucial for maintaining our reputation and increasing our ability to recruit high-achieving future students.
Your feedback and suggestions are invaluable in this process. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly with any concerns, suggestions, or issues you encounter. Feedback and suggestions are needed to build out our knowledge base so that it provides the most value to you.
Thank you for your commitment to our graduate programs and the students we serve.
Tammy D. Barry
Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education