College Admissions Decision Notifications Have Arrived!
Greetings to Seniors ’20 (and early thoughts for classes of 2021 and 2022)!
Congratulations! Last year at this time, many of you were involved in visiting college campuses. You set out to identify and further hone your academic interests and prepare to begin the application process.
Now here we are a year later and you have acceptances in hand and within the next four to five weeks, you’ll be placing an enrollment deposit. There’s a high probability that much has changed since you applied a few months ago- your interests, your family finances and sadly, we are in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic precluding campus visits and even leaving you wondering whether you will enroll in the fall of 2020 (I’ll be writing a separate blog about admissions deferral and gap years in a few days).
Now, Juniors ’21 it’s your time for you to start gathering information to help you create your college short list. With campus visits off the table right now, what can you do? The world is on pause, but you don’t have to be. Let’s discuss how to navigate, learn and stay on target. Schedule an informative session to address your Coronavirus impacted college planning questions. Watch my Facebook live mini sessions starting soon on college planning. Follow my Facebook page for more information.
I’m so proud of all students – our recent acceptances include:
Princeton, Bowdoin, Cornell, Swarthmore, Carnegie Mellon, Michigan, Vassar, Rice, Vanderbilt, U., Northwestern, Georgia Tech, University of North Carolina, Emory, Brown, Notre Dame, NYU, Rice, University of Chicago, Washington University (WUSTL), Drexel, Tulane, Dartmouth, Purdue, SCAD, Ohio, Hamilton, Miami, Johns Hopkins, University of Florida, University of Arizona, Penn State, Villanova, Northeastern, SUNY-ESF, St. Johns, Embry-Riddle, Boston, Colgate, Fordham, Swarthmore, Pittsburgh, Dickinson, UC- Boulder, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Case Western, Howard, SUNY Stonybrook, Rochester Institute of Technology, Parsons, Boston U., Hobart & William Smith, Gettysburg, Temple, Denison, Howard, SUNY-Binghamton, Hamilton, George Washington, American, Indiana, SMU, James Madison, FSU, and many more!
Over the past few weeks I’ve been contacted by anxious families trying to determine if it’s the right time to send a deposit to a school where the student has already been offered admission while still waiting to hear from other campuses. The short answer is “no” and I’ll explain why below. In fact, due to the current situation, I’m asking that no deposits be made at all until you have the chance to talk about your situation with your high school counselor or reach out to a private college advisor.
It’s true that most college campuses fill housing preferences in order of deposit, so I can understand the concern. That said, all dorms on campus have a bed, a shower and are remarkably similar. There’s no really terrible dorm! There is very little correlation between the time spent in the dorm and your success academically or your campus social experience. Consider this: Will the students in the last dorms to fill differ somehow from their peers who made their decision earlier? Of course not! No matter which dorm you’re in, you’ll meet wonderful new friends and have great experiences. Concerned about dining options? No problem; your dining plan allows you to eat your meals at any campus venue.
Another thing to consider is that sometimes your thoughts about yourself, friends, and academic interests evolve over time, causing you to question your choices. I routinely meet with families to evaluate and assess options. To aid you in reviewing and evaluating your choices, please CLICK TO schedule an online college advising appointment to enable me to guide you to making a clear decision. Drawing on my experience as a Professor Emeritus with thirty years of academic advising experience, we’ll discuss your possible freshman year courses and I’ll be able to explain some of the basics of onboarding and curriculum maps.
***Since most enrollment decisions were known by April 1, please reach out throughout April. While of course you plan your college experience with the intention of all working out for the best, if the fit is later not what you anticipated, you always have the ability to transfer. CLICK TO schedule an appointment.
WHAT ABOUT College Admissions DOUBLE DEPOSITS??
Double deposits involve the risk, however small, of having your application withdrawn and admissions offers retracted when you commit to a university but leave other applications open. Once you submit and confirm, several entangled databases are potentially involved of your choices — including the CommonApp, Coalition, your high school, Naviance, FAFSA. The timing of the notification of an enrollment decision is random, and whether colleges take the information into consideration also random. When you commit to attend a college, just like Early Decision Applicants, you are obligated to withdraw your other applications from all other colleges within a “reasonable” time. Making double deposits is unethical and actually grounds for retraction of admissions offers, though it happens rarely.
It’s also very unfair as you are holding a spot that could be offered to another student on a wait list.
I don’t support it as it’s unethical. When you hit the “submit” button on your applications, you are expected to abide by the terms to which you agreed. (There was some fine print verbiage– that’s what was included!!)
While March was a tough month for seniors dealing with the wait, this year we must also deal with the current Corona Virus situation. The waiting and uneasiness can rob you of peace, but you can help yourself by choosing to view this as a learning moment where you are practicing the art of patience and learning to accept that which you can’t control. The uncertainty can be daunting, but it’s what we have right now. How you respond and navigate is up to you. Help out at home and focus on learning. There are so many available resources online. Reach out to explore how we can personalize your learning now that school is closed. Let’s create a plan together to keep your learning on target.
Lastly, if you are currently negotiating financial offers, reach out for assistance with this process. Yes, it’s important to ask for more resources – especially if you have more attractive offers from comparable universities and your financial situation from 2018 to 2019 has changed. Let me show you how to initiate a successful financial aid appeal.
CLICK TO schedule an online college counseling session with college advisor Bonnie Rabin, PhD
Whether you’re a senior planning to make a choice, or a 10th-11th grade student starting your college research- you’ll find ongoing insights in my blog posts and social media links. Juniors – we’ll be soon starting on annual Writers Block College Admissions and College Essay Workshop – this year- we’ll be meeting online and plan to begin in May.
Stay tuned for ongoing insights on finishing your academic year strong and staying on target with all your College Admissions Planning goals.
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