Opening the acceptance letter from your dream school will be one of the best days of your life.
Acceptance & Decision Time
Congratulations, you're in! Now comes the most important part of the application process – choosing a school. The strategies that worked for you during the first part of your school selection process can be helpful again now:
College Fact Chart
Revisit your College Fact Chart to review the list of factors you were considering when you decided where you would apply for admission.
Take another trip to the college, stay overnight in the residence hall, eat in the dining hall, talk with students and faculty, visit a class, read the bulletin boards.
Take Your Time
Resist the temptation to make a hasty decision until all of your options are known to you.
The Wait List
You've been wait-listed. What does this mean for you? These candidates are not yet accepted, but are still being considered. This allows colleges to manage their enrollment process and to take their time carefully selecting from the wait list.
To better understand your options, search online to learn the wait list acceptance rate of a given college.
Better yet, take matters into your own hands!
- Make sure a college knows it is your first choice.
- Continue to submit and update test scores with your latest grades and accomplishments.
- Be sure to stay connected with the Admissions Office.
- Find out whom you should be in contact with and check in often with emails and phone calls.
Of course, be sure to have an alternative college option if your efforts are not successful with your first choice.
Colleges aren't going to wait passively while you decide. They are going to inundate you with invitations to teas, receptions, campus "admission days," and other events designed with one purpose in mind - to convince you to accept their offer of admission. Keep in mind that these events are carefully orchestrated to make the most positive impression possible on you and your parents. But if you look beneath the hype, these events can give you valuable insight into exactly what the campus culture and opportunities are like.
Make the Best Choice for You
Whatever criteria you use to distinguish offers, the decision ultimately comes down to you. Take it seriously and weigh your offers carefully. A lot of money-not to mention four or more years of your life—is involved here. A final thought...you're probably sick and tired of everyone telling you that college is an investment. Well, it's true.
But think of it this way: As an investment, you should expect it to provide returns for you. The bigger the returns (in academics, career prospects, lifestyle, etc), the better the chances are that it's the right school for you.
Now that you know what it means to get accepted, here are some tips to make the transition from high school to college smooth and exciting.