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Admission Decisions

Did you let the other schools know?

Many students are deciding which school they will attend in the fall. An often forgotten task is telling the other colleges where they were accepted that they are not coming. Why is this important? Students are on waiting lists at most colleges in the country. Each time an accepted student confirms that they are not coming, a student on the waiting list gets an offer. Do a good deed today-let the colleges where you were accepted but are not attending know your decision!

Why is this so hard?

Sighs, eye-rolls and silence are behaviors that sometimes greet parents trying to support teens in the college search process. Parents with great intentions are baffled that teens sometimes take offense at their attempts to help. The reason for the offense is that teens sometimes see help as an intrusion into a decision they feel they should make on their own. 

The worst intro sentence a parent can make in one of these exchanges starts with "when I went to school...". Teens know that what their parents experienced is totally foreign to what they experience now.

Been in Trouble?

Students who have been in trouble in high school better have a heart-to-heart with their school counselor and take a look at their transcript before applying to colleges. Colleges are looking for good academic students and also students who are less likely to cause trouble on campus. One behavioral infraction in high school can be enough to keep a student out of college.

There is so much competition to gain admission to selective colleges that students who have a checkered behavioral history in high school have reason to be concerned about their admission chances.

April Fools and College Acceptances

Today is April Fool's Day and also the day that many regular admission applicants will receive an email, text or letter revealing their admission decisions from colleges.
I started getting emails from students last night about some notices that arrived a day early. Emotions are running high from elation to disappointment to "oh, well, I have other choices".

Supportive, encouraging and patient parents are what these students need today. They need time to celebrate or mourn. Then they need time to weigh the merits of their acceptances and ask themselves the following questions:

Wait Listed?

If your teen is wait-listed at a college-should your teen hold out hope for a positive admission decision from that school? 

Because your prospective college student hopefully applied to multiple colleges and was accepted at others, my recommendation is NOT to miss the admission acceptance deadlines at other colleges in hopes of being moved from wait-listed to accepted at another. 

Wait listed students sometimes  NEVER HEAR BACK  from colleges that wait listed them. And while it is possible that they will later be offered admission by a wait-list school, the offer is not likely to come before the May 1 deadline to accept admission offers from others.