Waiting for Admissions News: Are we there yet?

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Now is the season of winter admissions results. Blog posts and tweets from admissions departments loom like the colored smoke above the Vatican: What does this mean? How does this affect his chances?

See CollegeSolved’s blog, How Much Admissions Transparency is Too Much?

“Mr. Einstein! Mr. Einstein! Tufts has already admitted thirty-three students!” shouted a nervous ED applicant. “No, that’s not right. They haven’t released their decisions yet,” responded a confident and seasoned counselor. True enough, Tufts has not yet notified early decision applicants of their decisions But my anxious senior was, nonetheless, moved to near-panic status after reading this.

The New York Times blog on college admissions, The Choice, provided Field Notes From This Year’s Application Season:

While our survey was unscientific, it brought into focus some themes, including increased applicant interest in public colleges – both in and out of state – and an apparent rise in the number of students who have been filing applications early this year, sometimes at the prodding of the colleges themselves.

From the same post, in a report from a counselor…

Mr. Evans of Penn Charter reported that the heightened early application activity had increased the need for “expectation management” and counseling regarding how to navigate the complex web of restrictions surrounding early applications for those filing a mix of early decision, early action and rolling applications.

In December the emails began to arrive. One of Mod Squad Pete’s classmates heard in early December. News of more emails trickled in.

Pete sent three early admission applications, one to each of the holy trinity of college categories: reach, fit, safe. Luck of the calendar dictated that the reach response would arrive first, in December. The other two, not til January.

The email will offer one of three responses:  acceptance, deferral, or thanks but no thanks. Spring decision emails may offer a wait list.

StudentAdvisor provides advice on whether to share your results: Posting Your College Acceptances on Facebook? Some Do’s and Don’ts.

Once upon a time, when students received the big envelope from their dream college, they called their friends. Now, students rely on social networks to break the news. All of a sudden, your feeds are flooding with acceptance posts. Not only does social media make it faster to share good news, it makes it easier to act in ways you wouldn’t in “real-life.”

Here are some of the stories we hear:

  • A student receiving news while in class, walks out of the classroom without a word to the teacher. He got in to his Early Decision choice, just needed to leave the room before he screamed. After he found a teacher in the hall to hug, he returned to the classroom of seniors to report his result (to their cheers).
  • A parent reads an admissions blog and knows the significance of the email’s confusingly vague subject line and must wait. The student has to read far into the email to understand he got in.
  • Another parent cries the day after her child’s rejection.
  • Meanwhile, the parent of an underclassman asks cheerfully, ‘How’s that college thing going?”
  • Another parent of an underclassman asks, “So where is Pete applying?”
  • A parent of a senior shares her daughter’s acceptance and scholarship offer: “It’s fun to start hearing the good news.”

From the College Solution, Lynn O’Shaughnessy reminds us, “Only 2% of schools reject more than 75% of applicants.”

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6 responses to “Waiting for Admissions News: Are we there yet?

  1. Remember the olden days when the internet and cell phones had not been invented, so we had to wait on the MAIL? And then the thickness (or not) of the envelope was usually the first clue as to its contents?

    • Yes! My envelope was quite fat — it included a tee shirt (which I wore to school the next day, natch). Meanwhile, long before I met my husband he had a very anxious day when the letter responding to his MBA application arrived skinny. After waiting for some hours he opened it… to read of his acceptance. Many of today’s seniors know exactly when the email is scheduled to arrive.

  2. Pingback: Early Reports on Early Admission: Tougher Than Ever | Dr. StrangeCollege or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Journey

  3. Pingback: Congratulations, Pete! Next: Shifting Gears | Dr. StrangeCollege or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Journey

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  5. Pingback: Good luck, Pete. And all other seniors trying out for a roster, a role, a program. | Dr. StrangeCollege or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Journey

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