When will these schools realize that an email which begins with "thank you for your application" and follows with "we received a great number of applicants" is extremely traumatizing??
Thank you for your application to the Creative Writing MFA program in Fiction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We received a great number of applications to the program this year, and they are currently under the admission committee's careful review. You are no doubt anxious to have some word about your application status. We hope to convey this information to you and the other applicants in the very near future. In the meantime, we do ask for your patience.
Nevertheless, congrats on the acceptance, M Johnson! You're very lucky to have found out already!
(Edited to convey a greater sense of enthusiasm and to hide my jealousy.)