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Changing College Plans in the Summer After Senior Year

Sally Rubenstone
Written by Sally Rubenstone | June 10, 2015

Question: Hi, I was wondering if it was possible to switch to a different college after a deposit has already been put down for one. I have placed my deposit down at the University of Michigan and after many qualms have decided that my original favorite, Rose-Hulman Technological University, is truly the college for me. Do you have any suggestions on what to do? I’m sure that the counselors at Rose-Hulman will be more than willing to help, though I don’t want to ask for it without being sure that it’s possible. Thank you.

Colleges expect to experience what they call “summer melt” each year. That’s when incoming freshmen, who already enrolled and deposited, change their minds. So, yes you can withdraw from Michigan and attend Rose-Human instead, but just don’t plan to see your deposit dough again. (Well, it can’t hurt to ask for a refund, but it’s unlikely that you’ll get it.) And don’t worry about bad karma because you’re not doing anything unethical.

BUT … before you say, “Thanks anyway” to Michigan, be certain that Rose-Hulman still has a place for you (get it in writing) along with any financial aid that you require.


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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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