Yes, indeed - it is frustrating. It seems that many R2 applicants are frustrated with the wait time required just to have an interview scheduled. For us R1 folks who are waitlisted, here are some interesting things to consider:
1) At the rate NUS is moving, it seems that decisions for waitlisted candidates may not be made until late May or June!
2) Will the applications of R1 waitlisted folks be considered in parrallel to those of R2 candidates or will remaining R1 waitlistees only be evaluated after R2 decisions have been made solely on the basis of the R2 applicant pool?
3) How are double-degree applicants being considered? I would love to know this because so far, no one has announced an acceptance to any of NUS' double-degree programs. If you have been admitted, then please share the details!
4) How much priority/consideration will be given to R1 waitlistees who still remain interested in the school versus those from R2? As some of our interviews took place last autumn, some details may have changed and it seems appropriate for NUS to at least a) inquire if we are still interested, and b) perhaps conduct a short interview allowing us to share any new details.
5) Someone had stated earlier that about 25% of waitlisted folks are accepted but how does this relate to double-degree applicants? Also, it seems appropriate for NUS to contact waitlisted folks once R2 ends to confirm that they remain interested in the program, as many might have chosen to move forward with other schools.
All in all, it seems like a big mess, which is causing lots of uncertainty and frustration. I would hope that the school would contact waitlisted folks shortly after the R2 deadline to let them know what the process and timeframe are for evaluating waitlist candidates and making decisions.
Finally, I do have one question: does an accepted applicant need to have a health exam performed in order to apply for a student visa to study in Singapore? If so, what exams are required, an overall physical including chest x-rays, blood tests (for hepatitis, AIDS), and tuberculosis/syphilis tests? If anyone has gone through this process or knows about it then please advise. Also, for how long does the Singaporean immigration department recognize the vailidity of the tests once they are conducted?
Thanks in advance,
Not too sure about the double degree and health check up related points but on the other points i had some queries/thoughts myself.
1. Though the adcom responded that they will announce results May/Jun i read somewhere that last year, by April end some results on waitlisted folks were out.
(Can someone update us on when the R2 results are likely to be announced..?? I feel only once R2 results are out will they start reviewing the waitlisted folks)
2. I am pretty sure that the R1 waitlisted folks are just buffer and are used to fill up the slots in case an admitted applicant backs out, they won't be reviewed parallelly with the R2 guys.
3. I feel that waitlisted guys who are reconsidered for admission should be ready for another round of interview to update on any amendments or in case they have further clarifications to make regarding our profiles. Not sure whether there is an actual "waitlist" with serial numbers, preferential order for selection etc.
i am checking with the adcom on what the scene is regarding this, will post back here what the reponse is.