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Jan. 20, 2014

No Admission Verdict in a Month. Is Something Wrong?

Question: Hi Dean, I applied to a college a month ago, still no notification. Should I be worried?

Nope. You definitely should NOT be worried. I don’t know where you’ve applied, but most colleges do not make admission decisions in just a month. If you have friends who applied to this same college when you did (or even AFTER you did) and they have their decisions already, it’s probably completely random. So don’t read anything into this, as tempting as it may be.

Did you check with the admission office to make sure that all of your application materials arrived safely? I always recommend that students do this about two weeks after applying. If the college has not notified you already that your application is complete, then it’s advisable to telephone the admission office and ask. Most colleges do NOT notify students when all application components have arrived so it’s fine for you to make this important call.

When you make the call (if you haven’t done so already) it’s also fine to ask when you should expect your decision. Obviously, you shouldn’t sound as if you’re irked that you haven’t heard yet, but merely explain that you’re curious … and excited … so you want to know when you should be on the lookout for your news.


Written by

Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone knows the competitive and often convoluted college admission process inside out: From the first time the topic of college comes up at the dinner table until the last duffel bag is unloaded on a dorm room floor. She is the co-author of Panicked Parents' Guide to College Admissions; The Transfer Student's Guide to Changing Colleges and The International Student's Guide to Going to College in America. Sally has appeared on NBC's Today program and has been quoted in countless publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Weekend, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, People and Seventeen. Sally has viewed the admissions world from many angles: As a Smith College admission counselor for 15 years, an independent college counselor serving students from a wide range of backgrounds and the author of College Confidential's "Ask the Dean" column. She also taught language arts, social studies, study skills and test preparation in 10 schools, including American international schools in London, Paris, Geneva, Athens and Tel Aviv. As senior advisor to College Confidential since 2002, Sally has helped hundreds of students and parents navigate the college admissions maze. In 2008, she co-founded College Karma, a private college consulting firm, with her College Confidential colleague Dave Berry, and she continues to serve as a College Confidential advisor. Sally and her husband, Chris Petrides, became first-time parents in 1997 at the ripe-old age of 45. So Sally was nearly an official senior citizen when her son Jack began the college selection process, and when she was finally able to practice what she had preached for more than three decades.

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