Admissions

December Decisions

Every year about this time, as I'm about to turn my calendar page over to the month of December, I think of all the high school seniors who have submitted their Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) applications. The traditional response window for those decisions hovers around mid-December. So, this particular time of year is a stressful one for both the applicants and their families. What will that email message or snail-mail delivery bring?

I wrote an article for College Confidential entitled Dealing with Rejection. In that attempt to explain how to deal with a negative admissions outcome, I said:

Dealing with rejection is difficult. Most high schoolers tend to take being turned down by a college or university on a personal level. They seem to think that the letter [or email these days] from the admissions office is really saying something like, “You are deficient and we don't want to have anything to do with you." Nothing could be further from the truth.

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