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Re: 2020 PhD Applicant Sweat Thread
Yeah, it's possible to be admitted without an interview, and also it's possible to be contacted for an interview later. Typically it's not like that, but it's possible.
Originally Posted by fin2020
In the years I have been here at Urch, I've seen a few cases. Users who had almost lost hope, and then were contacted by some amazing universities.
This is just speculation, but these are some potential reasons I think for that.
One, you may be put into an unofficial waitlist. You were not one of the top applicants, but they are still willing to interview or to extend an offer to you, if another applicant decline the offer they get. Since this can take some time to happen (successful applicants usually don't decline an offer immediately), you could get an interview very late in the game.
Two, different professors may have different ways to evaluate applicants. Maybe your application got the attention of a professor who don't think it's necessary to interview you, or who was busy with something else and so he was late compared to other professors doing interviews.
When I was "sweating" here, people often said that no news is good news. And at least sometimes that's true.