Congratulations! If you’re considering more than one of your acceptances, look back on any notes you may have taken during your college search. If you visited a school, think about how you felt while you were on campus. You may want to visit or even revisit the schools you are considering. Often, admitted students are invited to special “admitted student” days and events. This is your opportunity to get the answers to any new questions you may have as well as to meet other prospective freshman. Also, reach out to current students while you’re on campus, or by phone, to get their thoughts about the school.
All financial aid packages are not equal. Carefully review your packages to determine which school offers the most favorable arrangement. Reach out to college financial aid reps if you and your family need additional information or if you require more aid and would like to appeal.
Would a pro/con list help? Identify the criteria most important to you and compare and contrast one school to another. This can be a very helpful strategy when you’re trying to organize your thoughts.
Talk to your parents and ask for their feedback. Bounce your ideas off your guidance counselor as well. Sometimes, putting your thoughts into words and hearing them out loud can help you work toward a decision.
Remember that an offer of admission requires your response and deposit by a specific deadline, usually May 1st. Make sure you review your acceptance package carefully and submit all the required documents and information by the specified due date.
If you’ve been waitlisted by one of your top priority schools— the good news is you’re still in the game. There are four things you should do immediately.
- Contact school reps to express continued interest to be admitted and to offer to provide any additional information in support of your candidacy.
- If this is truly your top choice, talk to your guidance counselor and ask him or her to reach out on your behalf.
- If you require financial aid, contact the school to ask whether aid will be available if you’re admitted from the waitlist.
- If you want to secure a spot on the waitlist you must respond by a deadline to let the school know. Schools may not assume you want to remain on the waitlist unless you tell them so.
The number of students admitted from any waitlist varies by school and from year to year. While the Admission Office may provide you with information about prior years’ waitlists, there are no guarantees. Waitlist decisions may arrive after deposits are due, so in the meantime, continue to evaluate any other choices you may have and follow through with a decision and send in your deposit. Be aware, deposits are non-refundable so if you’re admitted from a waitlist and choose to attend that school, you’ll forfeit the deposit you sent to the other school.
Congratulations, you’ve come a long way and you have so much to look forward to.