PhD admissions –outline and schedule

some folks have asked how admissions works. a rough outline of how we admit PhD students:

dec 15 – applications due
jan 7 – assoc director requests several different prioritized lists from several subsets of the faculty. assoc director also solicits from faculty estimates of how many students can be supported
jan 28 – assoc director admits students based on holistic evaluation of students plus predictions of yield, funding, etc.
feb 1 – mar 1 –marcia and judy arrange for travel, hotel, food, transport, and 100 other things for admit weekend
feb 1 – mar 15 — assoc director runs around generating fellowships and the like for admitted students
mar 1 – admit weekend
apr 15 – students decide