Waitlists

The Ever More Slippery Slope

The Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) verdicts began coming out yesterday. The news was even more grim than expected, as some of the news headlines testified: – College Admits 14.5 Percent of Early Applicants to Class of 2022 (Harvard) The College notified 964 students of their acceptance into the Class of 2022 Tuesday, ...

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Mid-December Decisions (And Beyond)

Here’s some college knowledge that bears repeating every year at this time. So, I’ll once again note some of the things that I have said in past years because the facts (and the angst) remain the same. Of course, I’m talking about admission deferrals. You may be a high school senior this year who just ...

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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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