At Chicago they are currently reading the last applications from Round 2 ahead of the March 16th decision date. In the meantime the Round 2 interviews are also wrapping up. The interviewer’s notes are attached to the application, which is read by the admissions committee 3 times before arriving at a decision to accept, reject, or waitlist.
The challenge is greater for Round 2 candidates since they are also competing against waitlisted Round 1 candidates, and since some of the program’s spots had already been filled in Round 1. Chicago claims that there is no set formula for applicants who are accepted, and each applicant that is accepted is reviewed carefully by at least 5 committee members to ensure that he or she is right for the program. While the pool of candidates is filled with talented and interesting people, in the end the ones that are chosen are those most fitting the school’s values.