Candidate Reply Date: May 1 Countdown Begins
Apr26

Candidate Reply Date: May 1 Countdown Begins

May 1, the National Candidate Reply Date, is just six days away. By May 1, students who have been offered  admission by a college or university will need to have notified the school whose offer they are accepting by returning the acceptance form and sending in the necessary tuition deposit. Students who have been wait-listed by their first-choice schools should decide which offer to accept from their pool of second-choice schools extending an offer of admission. Replies and deposits are due by May 1 to colleges nationwide. It’s likely if you are a student who has been wait-listed, you won’t hear about whether or not your status changes from wait-listed to offered until sometime well after the first of May and, for many, the wait can extend into July before notifications will be sent. If you are still on the fence about which offer of admission to accept, it’s a good idea to revisit the school or schools you are evaluating. If there’s not enough time to do so before the end of this week, then review notes you made from any prior visits. Did you use a college visit evaluation form or take any photos? Can you recall what it was that made you want to apply to a particular school? Which school is the best fit financially? The college countdown has begun, but the journey is your own and it’s likely that you have many good choices. As corny as this sounds, college, like most things in life, is about what you make of it–you just have to make the May 1 deadline to get going on that journey. Related articles: How to Improve Your Chances of Admission when Wait-Listed Wait-Listed? Don’t Take it Personally Top 5 Steps to get off the Wait List Top 5 Questions to Ask about Financial Aid: Parent-to-Parent Keeping Track of College...

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Been Offered
Oct07

Been Offered

Now that you have been offered admission, you need to finalize your decision about where to enroll, especially if you have more than one admission offer. Many schools will host admitted student visitation sessions prior to May 1. With the exception of early decision or early action deadlines, May 1 is widely accepted as the Candidate’s Reply Date or Date of Acceptance in the U.S. Many schools will host admitted student programs around the time most high schools are on spring break. Be sure to keep an eye out for information about your next visit opportunity through these channels: Incoming email from the schools who have offered admission to you. The college web site — look for a section for admitted students. USPS mail — invitations may be mailed to your home announcing spring visit programs. If you have not yet met with professors or students from your desired major, now would be a good time to do so. If you have any questions about how to arrange this, contact the college admissions office to find out who to talk with to schedule an appointment. If you intend to accept the admission offer, check your mailed admission packet, email, and/or the college’s admissions web site for next steps. Most colleges will require signed forms, final transcripts, and even online questionnaires before your admission is finalized, as well as payment of a deposit by May 1. Related: Visit Campus Before You Accept an Offer of...

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