It’s early decision time! If you applied early decision or early action, the waiting game will soon be over. You may also have already heard, or will soon hear, from schools with a rolling admissions policy. 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 student, confirm your intention to enroll by sending in a non-refundable deposit by the school’s required due date.
- Withdraw all your other applications.
- Check your inbox often. You’ll be receiving mailings 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, submit your deposit and secure your spot in the class of 2020.
- If attending, although not required, it’s 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, 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 him/her to reach out to your admissions rep to speak on your behalf.
- Turn your focus to completing 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.
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.