What will happen after PhD programs (hopefully) accept me?
December 15, 2011 10:30 AM Subscribe
I am (very nearly) finished with my applications to computer science PhDs, and I realized I don't really know what will happen next. Assuming I get in anywhere, what sorts of contacts with programs are in store between their decision and mine?
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I am applying to 13 PhD programs in computer science as a prospective Theory student to start in Fall 2012. So up to now I've been pretty on top of things and doing my homework and stuff, but I don't have any clear idea of what I am likely to hear from programs if I am accepted, or even before I am accepted.
Obviously I will visit every program I am accepted to (assuming that number will be manageable); will each one invite me to some sort of visit day in March? Will they buy me plane tickets or something? I can't imagine there's anything as silly as prospective student visits were for UG.
How usual is it to hear from someone on the admissions committee or in the department before decisions are sent out? None of the programs indicate anything about an interview being part of the process, but does this sort of thing happen informally?
Is there anything else that is an unadvertised but common part of this whole weird process?