If you were early to the rolling admissions game or applied early decision or early action, you have either recently received or have on the way your decisions. Once you have your decision in hand, it’s your turn to take action. Keep reading to learn more about your next steps:
ACCEPTED: If you receive(d) an acceptance, congratulations, you’re on your way!
Early decision is binding.
- As an admitted students you must confirm your intention to enroll by sending in a non-refundable deposit by the school’s required due date.
- Next, you must withdraw the applications you sent to any other schools.
- Check your inbox often and be on the lookout for emails including information relating to housing, medical and health forms, registration for special programs for admitted students, and invitations to special events that may require your response.
Early action is not binding.
- If you’ve been admitted and you’re certain this is the school for you, you can submit your deposit and secure your spot in the class of 2019.
- Although not required, it is considerate to other applicants to withdraw your outstanding applications to other schools.
- If you’re not sure this is the school for you or need to evaluate your financial aid offers and want to leave your options open, you can hold off until you’ve received all your other admissions decisions.
Rolling admission is not binding.
- As with early action decisions, you don’t need to respond until you are absolutely certain this is the school you would like to attend.
- Unless you’re sure this is the school for you, finish your other applications and send them in by the due dates.
DEFERRED: For those of you who have been deferred, take a deep breath.
- Think about whether your early decision school is truly your first choice. If you believe the answer is yes, communicate that thought to your admission rep by letter, sending it both by snail mail and email. Express the reasons this is your top school and offer to provide any additional information they may want to further support your application.
- Talk to your guidance counselor about your plans. Also, ask them to reach out to your admissions rep to speak on your behalf.
- Turn your focus to completing the all your other applications.
Whether deferred or rejected, please realize this doesn’t necessarily mean you’re not qualified, it may simply mean there’s not enough room for all the accomplished candidates. Take a step forward and complete the applications for the other schools on your list and get excited about your other options.
Many of you are working on applications right now— whether polishing up an essay or completing the activities section of the Common App. There are many distractions with exams approaching and the excitement of the holidays and the coming school break. Try your best to maintain your focus and finish your applications in time to fully review and proofread before deadlines arrive. You have certainly worked very hard and we applaud your efforts.
For those of you who have committed to a school, remember to reach out and thank your teachers and counselors and anyone else who has supported you in your college bound process. A hand written note is a really nice touch. Also, keep in mind acceptances are conditional on maintaining your grades throughout senior year.