I do not have any offers, but I had some campus interviews and there are other places with later deadlines that I'm curious about as well. I am wondering how long a candidate usually has to decide once given an offer, especially for a SLAC, LAC, and R2 school. I am familiar with the R1 process because those are the only places I've been in the past and I've seen candidates hang onto offers for a month or two. But my impression is that the other types of schools might not let candidates get away with this. Does anyone know what is typical? I know I can wait for an offer and then see what they say but I need to know how quickly I'll end up having to act and how much anticipatory groundwork I should be doing now just in case. I have a spouse to consider as well.
Also I am wondering what people have done to extend/delay the timeline? Let me be clear — I am not one to delay for no reason and I will never hold on to more than two offers at a time (because presumably you can at least decide between the two). I realize there is a cascading process and lots of other candidates and institutions involved. But I still might need more than a week to decide given personal factors, etc.