Why are program directors and faculty not permitted to ask applicants anything about the programs to which they have or may apply or rank?
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Limiting questions about other programs protects and respects an applicant’s right to privacy and minimizes undue or unwarranted pressure. In addition, programs are encouraged to submit rank order lists that are based on applicants’ credentials and goodness of fit for the program rather than the likelihood of the applicant ranking the program. Programs still can ask applicants about any information in their applications, including why the applicant prefers a specific program or specialty. Applicants may volunteer information about other programs if they choose to do so.