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.
Yes, you may notify us with your request to change your campus choice. If you switch between two waitlists, you are placed at the end of the waitlist of the campus to which you switched. In other words, you cannot switch between waitlists and keep the same place number – you leave one line to walk to the end of the other.
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.
We will email you updates regarding the likelihood of admission beginning February 24 and approximately every two weeks after that. You can track your place in line in your myStatus portal. We will contact you immediately if and when a space is available for you. Your portal will also update to show that you have been admitted. Be attentive to any email contact from us in order to reply in a timely manner, and update your myStatus profile with your latest contact information. Due to limited time and resources, as well as the self-service nature of the portal, we cannot facilitate [...]
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.)