When Do College Acceptance Letters Arrive, Generally?
|Application Deadline||Estimated Decision Notification Date|
|November (Early Action/Early Decision I)||Mid- or late December|
|January (Early Decision II)||February|
|December, January, or February (Regular Decision)||March or early April|
If you applied for early decision, you should be notified around December 15th. If you applied to colleges where there is rolling admission, it generally can take six to eight weeks to receive a decision. Regular admission deadlines are around the 1st of the year and those decisions are revealed in March and April.
This year, the Office of Undergraduate Admission will release decisions for Regular Decision and deferred applicants by Friday, April 9. We are also extending the deadline by which students can confirm their enrollment to Monday, May 3.
Arlington, VA – Common App, the non-profit membership organization dedicated to access, equity and integrity in the college admissions process, is announcing the launch of the 2020- 2021 application on Saturday, August 1.
No, colleges won’t tell you why you were rejected, they will just post a general rejection letter on their website that would basically say something like “ You were one of the many great applicants we had this year, but we couldn’t possibly accept all of you guys, so we wish you the best of luck in all other places.”
“ Do universities send rejection letters first?” No. Remember that, at the end of the day, universities do not know for certain who will accept and who will not. Granted, after they send out their first round of offers, some universities will send out rejections to certain students that are way down their list.
Only when the cohort is full will they send rejection letters to the unsuccessful applicants. If you get an acceptance from one school but are hoping from an acceptance from another school that you prefer, you don’t have to inform the first school of your choice until the deadline.
When Is Ivy Day 2021?
|Year||Ivy Day and Date||Time Decisions Released|
|2020||Thursday, March 26||7 pm ET|
|2019||Thursday, March 28||5 pm ET|
|2018||Wednesday, March 28||7 pm ET|
|2017||Thursday, March 30||5 pm ET|
In most cases, colleges will not revoke an admissions offer without informing the student that their acceptance is in jeopardy and giving the individual a chance to explain themselves.
It means that your application is being given serious consideration. The alumni that conduct the interviews are volunteers, often with very busy schedules and other important commitments. Stanford is respectful and judicious about how they utilize the time that we are offering.
Of course, getting an interview is only the first step. Your odds are probably slightly better as a result, but still very very long. Stanford does very little or no filtering. Every year I get a list of students who applied to Stanford and I reach out to them if they want an interview.
As noted above, the average cumulative high school GPA of students admitted to Stanford is 3.96 on a 4.0 scale, which means you really need to be a straight-A student to even be considered for admissions. It’s possible to get in with a GPA under 4.0, but you’ll need to compensate with higher SAT or ACT scores too.
2021 -22 college applicants, like those who came before them, will have seven (that’s right, seven) essay prompts to choose from. This wide range of questions, meant to inspire candidates in their search for compelling personal stories, is ideal for exploring essay topics of all tones, styles, and subjects.
According to the folks at the Common Application, in the 2018-19 admissions cycle, Option #7 (topic of your choice) was the most popular and was used by 24.1% of applicants. The second most popular was Option #5 (discuss an accomplishment) with 23.7% of applicants.
Here is the beautiful thing about the Common App – the application opens on August 1, 2020 for students who are looking to start college in Fall 2021, BUT you can begin completing the general portion of the Common App any time prior to that, starting 8/1 of the prior year, i.e., 8/1/19.