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How to Follow Up on Your Admissions Decisions

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Soon, if not already, many of you will receive admissions decisions, either online or by mail. If you were early to the rolling admissions game and have an acceptance letter in hand, congratulations! You’re going to college! Early decision and early action notification letters will be released shortly as well.

Once your celebrations are over, responses may be required of any of you who’ve received early decision, early action, or rolling admissions outcomes. Depending on the route you took in your applications, your next steps may vary. Here are a few things you may need to do:

Early decision

These admissions decisions are binding. Admitted students must confirm their intention to enroll by sending in a nonrefundable deposit by the school’s required due date. Admitted students must withdraw their applications from any other school to which they have applied. Check your inbox often and be on the lookout for emails that might include housing information, medical and health forms, registration for special programs, and invitations to special events that may require your response.

For those of you who have been deferred, take a deep breath. Talk to your guidance counselor about your plans. Think about whether your early decision school is truly your first choice. If you believe the answer is yes, communicate that thought to your admissions rep by letter, sending it both by snail mail and email. Express the reasons this is your top school and offer to provide any additional information they may want to further support your application.


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Early action

These admissions are not binding. If you are certain this is the school for you, you can submit your deposit and secure your spot in the class of 2018.

Although not required, it is considerate to other applicants to withdraw your outstanding applications to other schools. If you’re not sure this is the school for you or need to evaluate your different financial aid offers, you can hold off until you’ve received all your other admissions decisions.

Rolling admissions

As with early action decisions, you don’t need to respond until you are absolutely certain this is the school you would like to attend.

Many of you are still working on applications right now—whether polishing up an essay or completing the activities section of the Common App. With exams approaching and the excitement of the holiday break, there are many distractions. Try your best to maintain your focus and finish your applications in time to fully review and proofread before deadlines arrive. You have certainly worked very hard, and we applaud your efforts.

We want to offer all who have gained acceptance our most heartfelt congratulations. This is a significant accomplishment—celebrate your success!


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Anna Costaras and Gail Liss are coauthors of The College Bound Organizer, the step-by-step guide to getting into the college of your choice. As cofounders of Bound to Organize LLC, the authors are dedicated to empowering students to successfully navigate the complicated college application process by providing a logical, easy-to-use organization system.


Anna Costaras holds a BS and MBA from New York University Stern School of Business. She is the founder of a college-bound mentoring program for disadvantaged students from her community. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Adventures in Learning, an educational enrichment program for children in need of after-school support.


Gail Liss earned an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business, studied at The London School of Economics, and holds a BA from the University of Rochester. Gail serves on the Advisory Board of Young Women’s Leadership Network, which supports The Young Women’s Leadership Schools and College Bound Initiative.


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