I know exactly how all of you expressing doubt feel, and I think it's important to note that the odds are in your favor.
Over 2000 people applied this year to the program.
Of that, I believe only 160 people were offered interviews.
There are 44 seats in Oakland and 24 ? twenty something seats for Fresno. Right off the bat, assuming there are 24 seats in Fresno, that's 68 seats total.
They said after each interview, 10 to 12 of their TOP candidates are offered seats immediately. Let's say they only offer 10 top candidates seats per interview, so that's their top 18.7% of interviewees who have already been offered seats.
Once interviews have concluded, they probably combine ranked lists or go ahead and rank people, and then begin offering the remainder 38 seats to people. If my assumed number of seats is correct, that's 42.5% of those who interview being offered a seat by this point.
You have to keep in mind that not everyone is going to accept the seat offered to them, so that 42.5% is going to increase to hopefully at least 50%. I know programs who open additional interview dates just because they exhaust their wait list - not to say that SMU will, but that I know it's happened in great programs that I've applied to this cycle. IF THEY INTERVIEWED YOU THEY WANT YOU ! Unless your personality isn't a fit, which is totally fine - there are other programs out there!
These numbers made me feel so much better when I was waiting for my acceptance
Side note: @william208 thank you so much for sharing your story!!! I know we don't know each other, but I am so proud of you. You're going to do so many wonderful things.