Admissions Decisions Letters

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Admissions Decisions Letters

Schools usually start sharing their admissions decisions in early April (unless you applied for early admission).

Collect your decision letters.

Keep checking your mailbox or perhaps your email inbox.

Depending on where you applied, you may get the news through less common channels. Some schools require that you sign in to the school's website to learn whether you are admitted. A few schools may even text you!

Start reading.

You don't have to read very far to get the news you've been waiting to hear. Prepare for the following possibilities:

  • Accepted—You're in!
  • Rejected—There's no room in the class for you this year.
  • Decision deferred—You're on the wait list.

And keep reading.

If you've been accepted, don't stop reading the letter as soon as you know the good news. An acceptance letter will detail the next steps in the admissions process, including:

  • Your deadline for accepting or rejecting the school's offer
  • A due date for sending your final transcripts from high school
  • A request for additional information (for example, your roommate or housing preferences)
  • The schedule for freshman orientation
  • A timeline for deposits and payments

Be aware that an admissions letter is not the same as an award letter and does not address student aid. The schools to which you've been accepted will send an award letter separately.

If cost is an issue, you may want to wait to receive award letters from all of your schools before you decide where to go.