Waitlists

10th Graders: Looking Ahead

Most of my posts here are directed at high school juniors and seniors. Some of my articles target parents and current college students. Not many, however, are aimed at 10th-grade high schoolers. I’d like to address that group today. We live in a society that prepares for Christmas starting in September, just after Labor Day. ...

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Am I Bribing the Admissions Committee?

Question: I am on a waiting list at a college that I really want to attend and which does seem to take a number of students off the list every year. In my application I talked about my home-made candy business. If I were to send the admission office a little box of my candies, ...

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Ready … Set … Wait!

Last time here, I discussed the consequences and psychological fallout of the December ED/EA deferral. There can be real uncertainty and even a little agony associated with being deferred right before the year-end holidays. However, there is something worse: the dreaded waitlist (or “wait list,” if your spellchecker doesn’t like the one-word approach). As I ...

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Admission Decision Dates

We’re one third of the way through March. This third month of the year is known for some highly anticipated milestones. First, spring arrives on the 20th. Some Northern Hemisphere areas have already seen springlike temperatures. For most people (except those with significant pollen allergies), the blossoms and fresh air of springtime is something to ...

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Dealing with Multiple Acceptances

It’s that time of year for high school seniors. Colleges will soon be issuing their acceptance (or denial or waitlist) decisions over the coming weeks. Some of you may have already received a likely letter. Most of you, however, are just waiting … waiting for that “fat” envelope or email (can an email message be ...

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Your College Admissions Guide: The Terms You Need to Know—Defined

Today’s article was submitted by Erica Cirino. The college admissions process can be tedious, time-consuming, and tiring if you’re a first-time college student. But you can make it go more smoothly by first learning the lingo of college admissions. From initial application to final decision, the college admissions process is wrought with a language all its ...

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Deferrals: Decisions Delayed

This past mid-December week , I have been watching with interest the various college-decision threads on the College Confidential discussion forum. Some of the results posted by applicants have been painful to read, according to their own comments. The outright denials, coming from Early Action and Early Decision applications, are obviously the most upsetting. However, ...

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Wondering About Waitlists?

Waitlists are the purgatory of college admissions and this year, due to the recession, colleges are hedging their bets on enrollment even more carefully than hedge funds are angling for bailouts.  What’s a waitlisted applicant to do? Well, thanks to Kathleen Kingsbury of The Daily Beast’s college blog, you can get 1.25 dozen of great ...

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Deferrals and Waitlists

College Confidential senior advisor, Sally Rubenstone, posted a thoughtful question on the College Confidential discussion forum: College Students: Do You Attend a College that Once Deferred You? If you are a current college student who now attends a school that deferred you in the Early Action or Early Decision round, what–if anything–did you do to ...

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Denials, Deferrals, And Waitlists: A Plan B For Success

When you play the high-stakes game of elite college admissions, sometimes you may lose. Rejection comes with the territory. It can hurt badly. The good news, though, is that things seem to tend toward working out for the best, most of the time. Loud Angry Voice from Offstage: “There you go again. Man, is that ...

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