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Think of May 1 is your decision deadline. For most colleges, formal letters of acceptance or rejection are due by then.

Now that you've received acceptance letters, it's time to choose which college is right for you.

You’ve made it. It’s time to finally decide where you’re going to spend the next four years of your life.

Admissions letters will start rolling in through late April. You’ll be admitted to some schools, denied by others, and waitlisted on still more. While this decision process might seem like a simple 10-minute sign-up, there are a few things you should consider before you sign your name on the dotted line:

1) Take some time to compare financial aid packages. A financial aid package will arrive with your admission letter. With the help of your parents or counselor, carefully compare and contrast these offers among the schools that have accepted you before fully committing to any of them.

2) If you haven’t already (and even if you have), take a visit to campus and find out exactly what you can expect for the next four years.

3) Once you choose the college that’s right for you, kindly notify all other prospective schools that you won’t be attending their institutions.

4) Send your new college your tuition deposit, postmarked by May 1, which is the deadline for the majority of colleges and universities.

What if you’re waitlisted?

First, remember that being on the waitlist is not the same as being on the rejection list. As a member of the waitlist, you still have an opportunity to show the school that you’re eager to join their community.

If you’re waitlisted, try these tactics:

  • Talk to the admissions officer and find out what you can do to increase your acceptance chances.
  • If you know you’ll go to the school if you get accepted, call the admissions office and explain your intent.
  • Keep your options open and search for schools that have late or rolling deadlines.


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