Students in Limbo: What to do Next! Being Wait-Listed, Accepted and Rejected
This week, Jodi Okun welcomed independent college counselor ellen4college to her College Cash live Twitter Seminar. Ellen offered advice and answered questions about college admissions and
how to cope with all the possibilities, such as being wait-listed, accepted or rejected.
This is one of the worst-case scenarios of the college admissions process. You’re not in, but you’re not out either. What to do? Applicants should submit their wait-list confirmation card and contact the college to let them know you’re still interested.
Basically, this means that you’re “on the bubble” and they want to keep your application active for review pending additional information, including grades and standardized test results. Colleges may also offer admission in an early action pool and then review the deferred applications after determining how that population responds.
Communication is Key!
Students need to be their own advocate and contact the college to let it know that it’s their first choice. If possible, students should make a personal visit to the college to reinforce their commitment to attending that school.
Getting Accepted: Two or More Colleges
Students should wait to make a decision until hearing from all colleges to which they’ve applied and review each on its own merit. Careful review will indicate which college is the best fit. Students should remain positive and embrace the fact that they have multiple choices!
Getting Accepted by Your #1 Choice: What’s Next?
If finances are in order, go ahead and accept the offer and close the deal with a deposit by May 1st! (A number of colleges will allows you to submit your deposit online.) If not, get your financial house in order and take it from there.
Getting Rejected: What to Do Next?
Stay positive! Sometimes being rejected can be a blessing in disguise. You don’t want to attend a college where the program is not a good fit for you scholastically or personally. Redirect your efforts to those college who have expressed an interest in you – they just might be the perfect fit.
Getting Rejected: What to Say to Your Child
Again, stay positive! Your student will experience a roller coaster of emotions upon being rejected – let them ride it out. Help them to accept the decision and move forward with the anticipation of even-better opportunities.
Still No Acceptance Letters?
This can be a stressful time, but persevere! Continue investigating using the internet to monitor deadlines. A good place to visit is collegeconfidential.com to determine which colleges are still accepting applications. Don’t rule out a Junior College; you can always reapply next fall.
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