So far in the graduate school application process this is how I stand: illinois (accepted w/o support) Tufts (accepted w/o support) Duke (rejected) ------- Haven't Heard from University of Washington University of Southern California City University of New York Rice University Boston College Wake Forest I have many things rattling around in my head: (1) Why is it so late and I haven't heard back from any schools? To me, if I can draw any conclusions about how my application rates compared to others by this data, I would have to say I must be a boarder line case between admittance and rejection to most of the schools I apply to. Hence the reason for no support and for the long wait for replies on my applications from the other schools. (2) Has anyone else had a similar experience? (3) Say I get rejected from the remaining schools! Then I know I can get about 10-12 K from my parents for at least the first two years. Should I just take one of the offers at tufts or illinois and look for alternative forms of support to pay for the rest (such as job, loan, or something else)? Alternatively, I will have to find a job anyway and will probably still go to school at least part-time (but I would probably take undergraduate computer science courses or mathematical finance courses) unless the job is uber-terrific!! Any advice here?