Dec 29, 2007, 9:13 PM
Post #849 of 1172
Bit of a change of subject here, but I need to vent.
Re: [jaywalke] Application Time
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Syracuse gets my vote for the most needlessly complicated application process in the history of man.
First, there are different due dates for the manuscript and supporting materials. Then, there's the required form for recommendations (not so unusual) and the required form for transcript requests (haven't seen this for any other school).
Then, there's the "Basic Information Sheet" for the writing sample, which includes the following:
Permanent Home Address.
Present Mailing Address.
Until what date can we reach you at your present mailing address?:
Home telephone number.
Work/School telephone number.
Academic background: List all postsecondary education, beginning with the most recent degree you earned or expect to earn before coming to S.U. For each institution listed please include the following information:
Degree Received or Expected and Date
Overall Average of Grades (GPA)
And, as though that weren't enough, there's the "Supporting Material Cover Page" you're supposed to attach with everything else. And here's another fun bit of pointless hoop-jumping. On the Cover Page is the following item: "SUID:________" along with the following message:
Note: Within about one week from the time you submit your application online you should receive
an e-mail directly from the Graduate Admissions Processing Department of Syracuse University
acknowledging the receipt of your application. Contained in the e-mail you receive will be the
assigned SUID number for you to record above.
To the Syracuse Graduate School: why not just waterboard me while you're at it?
p.s. Okay, so maybe I'm being a little melodramatic (none of this is a huge deal), but still, there's no excuse for this kind of redundant bureaucratic nonsense, is there? I feel like I'm in the middle of a Douglas Adams novel. Maybe I've just been spoiled by other programs who've been kind enough to streamline the process: manuscript, SOP, letters, transcripts, stick them all in a big envelope, throw it in the mail, done.
p.p.s. That said, I'd be absolutely thrilled to get in.
(This post was edited by bennyprof on Dec 29, 2007, 9:37 PM)