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Mailing Day 2009 is Here!

Posted by on Thursday, March 26, 2009 in Application Process.


The day is finally here.  The letters are stuffed, sorted, packed, and checked.  This morning, we will put the finishing touches on all of the decision letters and finally get them out the door later today.

Mailing day is the single greatest day in the yearly cycle of our office, hands down.  It is a celebration of all of the hard work of the great students that have applied as well as of that our dedicated and hard working staff.  Today mostly consists of finalizing letter checking, making last minute corrections, and double checking to make sure everyone who applied for financial aid has info about their aid offer.  All of this culminates in one raucous stripping party.  Hey . . . mind out of the gutter there chief . . . .

The OUA stripping party tradition centers around the hurried and hilariously frantic removal of the paper strips on the priority envelope tabs in order to finally seal them for mailing.  It is a virtual blizzard of flying paper, cheering, laughing, and flash photography.  It is one heck of a catharsis after all the many months of reading. 

After that, it’s a firemen’s brigade from the file room to the waiting USPS truck, last minute group photos, and waving to the truck (and an often bewildered driver who had no idea what he was getting into when he drew this assignment) as it drives away .

I’ll be posting photos taken throughout the day, as well as a more detailed description of that admitted class once the letters have officially left the building.

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  • Gerard

    March 26th, 2009

    Oh my god this is nerve recking, I have been waiting for this day when the decisions would be mailed out. I just hope that one of those envelopes that come to my house says congratulations on it. AHHH!

  • jyothy

    March 26th, 2009

    I can’t wait

  • Roja Challa

    March 27th, 2009

    I am like a kid again waiting for the important decisions like I waited on 38 years ago when I was going to college. Now I am waiting for the decision on my daughter’s application to one of the best universities in the country, VU. Hurryup mailmain bring us good news.

    Roja Challa

  • Zach Bodine

    March 27th, 2009

    Can’t wait….how long till the decision get to Massachusetts….I hope I’m coming to the School of Engineering!

  • Allison Kremer

    March 28th, 2009

    I hope all of you had immense fun at the stripping party. (Honestly just reading the words “stripping party” sort of made my day. ~ hilarious!)

    I already know that I was accepted because I applied EDI, but good luck to all of you that are still biting your nails at home waiting. As for me, I will continue to anxiously await my financial aid statement, housing application, and course registration packet from the School of Engineering. I just can’t wait!

    P.S.- Good luck Zach! Maybe we’ll see each other in one of our engineering classes.

  • momma

    March 28th, 2009

    Anyone in NOVA hear? If so, where?

    Thanks :)

  • Erin Kelly

    March 29th, 2009

    Just got my “Congratulations” envelope down here in Georgia!
    Good luck to everyone who hasn’t gotten theirs yet.

  • Mom

    March 30th, 2009

    Hey, John, it would be great if your daughter would choose one of those other “on the ball” schools, because that would open up spots for the wait-listers!