Early Admissions Letters – Coming Soon!

If you applied Early Action or Early Decision, you will be receiving admission decisions any day now. Those decisions may come in the mail, although nowadays it’s not uncommon to receive word through email or even text messages.

It goes without saying that acceptances are great news and a call for celebration. It’s the deferrals and denials that are hard to take. For everyone – parents and students (and your college counselor) alike.

Here are some thoughts on the various admissions decisions you might receive:


When you get an acceptance, mark the moment and celebrate! This is a huge milestone. Your hard work has paid off and now you know you really are going to college!

Relish in the fact that the tables have turned. Now the college wants you – and they want you to want them! And you have until May 1st to make your decision… so now they have to wait. Justice. Ha!


If you are deferred by a college it means they want to review your file again. Your application will be moved into the Regular Decision admissions cycle, and you will receive a final admissions decision no later than April 1.

Being deferred is like being put on hold. It can be very frustrating and requires patience. Or you can hang up and focus on the colleges that accepted you!


If you don’t get into the college of your choice, it’s natural to feel disappointed, dejected, angry, you name it. That’s OK. It hurts! Express your feelings, it’s reasonable to be upset.

Once you’ve gotten all that emotion out, take a deep breath. You have to understand that the denial is not a reflection of who you are as a person, or how successful you will be in college. Admissions committees have to make decisions in a matter of minutes and they must consider many factors while trying to build their class. It’s not that they don’t like you, or that you’re not good enough. You are, and it’s time to focus on the schools that recognized that. All colleges have amazing things to offer students, and the colleges that accepted you are no exception.


Waiting for admission decisions can be stressful. Hang in there and trust the process. It has a way of working out. I see it time and time again!