I heard back, unexpectedly, from Yale yesterday. There was a bit of teasing from the Admissions office, telling us first that we’d hear Monday, then coming back in the afternoon and letting all the applicants know they were ahead of schedule and could post decisions immediately. Here’s the response I got:
The Admissions Committee at Yale Divinity School has completed its review of your admissions application. I regret to inform you that we cannot offer you a place in the Fall 2010 entering class. The applicant pool was exceptionally strong this year, thus making our decisions very difficult. Thank you for your interest in Yale Divinity School. We wish you the best in your future endeavors.
Anna T. Ramirez
Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
I’m not sure it’s a consolation or just neutral fact, but the following was sent to us before decisions were posted online:
“Once again applications were up this year; 581 applications were decided upon this year as opposed to 558 last year. This year we admitted 44% of our total applicant pool [for both MAR and MDiv programs].”
I have yet to hear from Harvard, but will keep everyone posted. Thank you for all of your support! It’s been a long process, but it’s almost over.