God damn right, they should have to work for their money.
Although I got my applications in by mid-December, I completely disagree that applicants submitting apps after January 1 give these schools any right to make their applicants wait. People are making life decisions based on where they are accepted and these schools cannot expect people to wait until the summer.
My apps at UCLA, USC & Hastings were complete in November/December, and I still have yet to hear. IMHO, f*ck these schools.
Sorry for the rant, but I'm starting to get fed up. I've got to figure out where I'm going to be next year, fly there (I live in Boston, going to school in Cali), find an apartment, move my a$$ across the country in August, acclimate to my new surroundings and start the hardest year of my academic life. On top of all of this, my fiancee needs to find a job AND we need to plan our wedding!