No, and your eligibility is not negatively impacted if you cannot accept the invitation to sign-up. Sometimes, Scholars must miss a year in the middle of their DECATS eligibility window because of other summer activities, or a new nominee is not able to start in the first year of eligibility due to other commitments. Once you are nominated, you are always eligible until you naturally age-out of the program. You do not need to be re-nominated by your school. Scholars who have attended the program before are still considered returning Scholars and will be invited back in that group of [...]
Once you have been admitted to a guaranteed space at a DECATS Houston campus, you may not switch to another campus, as your remaining enrollment steps (especially course requests) are campus-based. Sign-up for each campus is maintained separately, each with their own waitlists. You may only pursue admission to one DECATS program. You may not occupy a guaranteed or waitlist space at DECATS Houston while also occupying a guaranteed or waitlist space at another DECATS program. Admission to DECATS Houston or to another DECATS program in the city or state is not transferable. Each program operates independently. To change to [...]
Sign-up is divided by campus, and you'll choose your campus as part of your sign-up form. You may not sign-up for multiple campuses or change your campus once admitted. DECATS Houston operates three campus locations, and signing up for any one of those locations (either a guaranteed space or waitlist space) is an active enrollment in our program. While you have an active enrollment, you may not pursue admission to other DECATS programs. You cannot be in a guaranteed space or on the waitlist for our program while occupying a guaranteed space (or waitlist space) at another program. Applications are [...]
No, you may only be considered for admission at one site. If it so happens that another campus clears its waitlist, we will contact the next person on the waitlist at another campus (by order of application date) to offer the available space. If that person passes on the offer, we will continue down the list to offer the available space. We understand you are waiting in line at your preferred campus, so you are under no obligation to switch to an available space at another campus.
Because the waitlist is first-come, first-served, it operates like standing in line for checkout at a store. You must naturally reach the front of the line. We trust you joined the waitlist because of a strong desire to participate. We value that trust and pledge to diligently work toward your admission. There is no reason to send us emails of continued interest, inquiries of current status, letters of recommendation, etc.
You are welcome to stay on our waitlist as long as you prefer, and you may notify us if you wish to be removed from the waitlist at any time. We will continue to offer available spaces through late May / early June – as late as reasonably possible. There is no financial cost to be on the waitlist. If it becomes clear that no spaces will become available or the program is too near, we may release the waitlist and conclude any further admissions for the summer.
This depends on the circumstances for spaces becoming available, described above. Circumstances change each year, and as the program nears, it becomes less likely that those in the program will have reason to withdraw. We will do our best to predict and provide timely updates.
This depends on the number of spaces that become available due to withdrawals. When an admitted participant withdraws, we immediately offer that space to the next person on the waitlist. Throughout the spring as other important enrollment deadlines pass, admitted participants who do not complete certain requirements forfeit their space, which we then offer to the next person on the waitlist. Lastly, someone ahead of you on the waitlist may also withdraw, which advances your place.
Your place on the waitlist is indicated on the main checklist page of your myStatus portal. The higher the number, the more applicants there are in front of you waiting in line for a space. (Example: If your place is 10, then 10 spaces must become available in order to offer you admission to the program – one each for those waiting ahead of you, and then yours.)
Spaces in the program are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. When a campus reaches capacity prior to the application deadline, we still accept applications for that campus, and we place them on a waitlist – also in order of first-come, first-served.