It's past Mid March. There are rarely any admits during this period. Most of the action will happen in the second week of April, right before and right after April 15th.
(1) Some schools basically admit only the number of spots they have, and are therefore likely to go to their wait list whenever someone turns them down. Most schools admit based roughly on expected yield, so some number of turn downs are expected before going to their waitlist.
(2) If you have multiple admits, don't turn any of them down until you are very sure you won't be going to a place. But as soon as you are sure it will help out everyone if you make your turn down as early as possible. Most turn downs seem to come in on April 15. That means departments can't easily go to their waitlist until then. That means some people are in the position of accepting an offer only to get off the waitlist from a preferred school later. (If this happens to you, it can be remedied.)
So once you're really sure you're not going to a school that's accepted you, please tell them so. They'll be appreciative, not offended.
What is the polite way to turn down an offer? Should I follow up with a thank-you email to the program director/professors who interviewed me after declining the offer on the application portal?
I'm asking because I applied to some programs in business school and they only gave out a handful of offers. I've already attended the admit day and talked to many professors. Thought it might be blunt to just decline it online without any follow-up emails...
This might seem like a somewhat juvenile question but in what frequency are the yearly stipends disbursed? One lump sum at the start of the semester or? I ask because I'm trying to calculate how much I'll need to accumulate now to tide me over till I get my stipend.
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