When I applied, I think I got my letter about 4-6 weeks after the deadline. But that was several years ago, and I decided to go with a different school. So things may have changed with their application process. Either way, I'm sure you won't get a letter until after the deadline so they can evaluate all applicants.
I am considering all options. Mercy was my first choice...I'm really hoping that I get in but even if I dont its not the end of the road for me. Thank you very much for taking the time to answer my post.