College Admission Decisions: Admitted, Denied, or Deferred

It’s mid-December and that means that email notifications and letters have started hitting the inboxes and mail boxes of high school students who applied to college as Early Decision or Early Action applicants. Take the appropriate action based on what the notification letter says.

Admission NotificationsIt's mid-December and that means that email notifications and letters have started hitting the inboxes and mail boxes of high school students who applied to college as Early Decision or Early Action applicants. 

Notifications will contain one of the following admission decision statuses:

Admitted: Congrats! You got in! If you applied Early Decision, then your acceptance is binding and you will be instructed to accept the offer by a specific date. If you were accepted as an Early Action admit, then you may have until May 1 to accept the offer of admission. 

Denied: You were not accepted for admission and do not meet this particular institution's requirements for enrollment. Clearly this means this college is not the best fit for you and vice versa. However, all is not lost. There are more than 2700 4-year colleges and universities and more than 1700 community colleges in the U.S. Consult with your guidance counselor  or go online and search for colleges that may be a better fit

Deferred: You were not accepted under Early Decision or Early Action, but your application is still being considered and has been moved to the pool of regular decision applicants. It will be reviewed again and you will be notified according to the college's regular admission notification schedule. Your notification will likely include a statement advising you not to slack off for the remainder of your senior year and to continue to take academically challenging courses. Always good advice and make sure your transcripts and test scores are kept up to date with not only this college but to all of the schools you have applied to or to which you plan to apply.

If you plan on visiting colleges before making a final acceptance, please keep in mind winter break schedules at colleges and universities. Good luck to all high school seniors graduating in 2013! 

 

Z. Kelly Queijo

Author: Z. Kelly Queijo

Kelly is founder of Smart College Visit and Smart College Consulting. When she's not creating content for the blog or clients, tweeting, or hosting #CampusChat, she's planning her next mobile move.

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