They definitely are very competitive! I find out by October 15th the latest, but of course I am hoping I will hear back a little sooner. I can let you know about the application process after I hear back. I've heard the essay is really the most important part of your application for them, so if you plan on applying just make sure you spend a good amount of time on that once the essay topics are updated. Keep your fingers crossed for me! September feels like it's going by very slowly, I can't wait to hear something.