Greetings Seniors- class of 2019 !! (and early thoughts for classes of 2020 and 2021) !

Congratulations!   A year ago, many of you were engaged in college campus visits to learn and refine your emerging academic interests and  just getting ready for the college application process.  Juniors take note — you should be thinking about your college short list and are encouraged to read my earlier blog posting on College Campus Visits!

Now here we are a year later and you have acceptances in hand and within the next four to five weeks, the balance of your admissions decisions will be known.

I’m so proud of all students – our recent acceptances include:

U. Michigan, Northwestern, Georgia Tech, University of North Carolina, Emory, Cornell, Notre Dame, NYU, Rice, University of Chicago, Washington University (WUSTL), Drexel, Tulane, Brown, Purdue, SCAD, Ohio, Hamilton, Miami, Johns Hopkins, University of Florida, University of Arizona, Penn State, Villanova, Northeastern, SUNY-ESF, St. Johns, Embry-Riddle, Colgate, Fordham, Swarthmore, Pittsburgh, Dickinson , Colorado, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 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, UF, and many more!

I’ve received many emails the past two weeks from anxious families trying to determine whether it’s appropriate to place a deposit at a campus that has already offered admission while awaiting to hear from remaining private/public universities.   The short answer is “no” and I’ll explain why below.

There is a concern about housing. Yes, it’s true, most college campuses fill housing preferences in order of deposit.  That said, there’s really no ‘awful’ dorm- they all have a bed, a shower and are on campus.  Your time in your dorm has very little to do with your academic success or social experience on campus.   Think about this for a moment- do you think the students who will be in the “last dorms to fill” will somehow differ from the cohort of peers who made their enrollment decision earlier? Of course not! You’ll meet wonderful new friends regardless of what dorm you call home.  As for dining options- your dining plan allows you to eat your meals at any campus venue.

If you are planning to attend a college, by all means place your deposit.  Before doing so, if you’ve never visited please do so before enrolling if possible.  Sometimes the reasons you thought you were enamored with a campus changed as your thoughts about yourself, friends, academic interests evolve.   I routinely meet with families to evaluate and assess options- Please Schedule an appointment with me to evaluate your choices and guide you to making a clear decision.  As a Professor Emeritus with thirty years of academic advising experience, I’ll also talk with you about your likely freshman year courses and explain some of the basics of onboarding and curriculum maps.

***For most students– enrollment decisions will be known by April 1- so please reach out throughout April – either before or after you attend any “accepted student” campus programs to help make your decision.  And remember, you can always transfer if the “fit” is later not what you anticipated..

So the question of  DOUBLE DEPOSITS??

You run the risk – however small- of having your application withdrawn and and admissions offers retracted if you commit to another university while leaving other applications open.  When you submit and confirm, several entangled databases are potentially involved of your choices — including the CommonApp, Coalition, your high school, Naviance, FAFSA.   It’s always random as to the timing of the notification of an enrollment decision is random -and whether colleges take the information into consideration also random.   Just as is required for Early Decision Applicants, when you commit to attend a college, you’re obligated to withdraw your applications at all other colleges within a “reasonable” time. It’s unethical to double deposit and actually grounds for retraction of admissions offers.  Rarely does that happen .

You’re also potentially holding the spot that could be offered to another student on a wait list.

I don’t support double-depositing– it’s unethical and you should abide by the terms you agreed to when you hit the “submit” button on your applications. (There was some fine print verbiage– that’s what was included!!)

I know March is a tough month for seniors– the anticipation can rob you of peace. This is a learning moment- learning patience and learning to let-go of what you cannot control.   Enjoy March and the emergence of spring weather, prepare for AP exams, get a job, become (more) fit, volunteer, and finally  focus on enjoying the time with family and friends building lasting memories to carry-you forward into your journey ahead.

Finally- if you are currently negotiating financial offers, reach out for assistance on this  process.

Whether you’re a senior planning to make a choice,  or a 10th-11th grade student starting your college research- you’ll find insights here: