In another post, we discussed the importance of April 15th for students admitted to graduate school. The focus of that post was on what to do if you are pressured by a university to meet an earlier deadline. This post clarifies what happens after April 15th.
April 15th is not a cut off, and is not the last date universities admit students to graduate programs. Programs can continue trying to fill their seats well past April 15. The latest date a program will have to make offers or accept commitments is more based on the university policy and timing for students to enroll than anything else. A program can offer admission at any time. Offers just before April 15th or after April 15th will have their own response deadline.
If you happen to be on a wait list and are lucky enough to get an offer, for example, your offer will likely come after April 15th and you may have 7-15 days (typically) to respond.
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