Is Follow-Up Call to Alumni Recommender a Sign of Good News?

Question: An alumni from an Ivy college wrote a letter of recommendation for my daughter. He was contacted and asked detailed questions about her— Should she be encouraged by this as far as acceptance is concerned? (assuming the responses were very favorable on her behalf)

If your daughter had not been a serious contender, it’s unlikely that an admission official would have interviewed the alumnus who wrote the recommendation. So this interview is most likely a good sign (although it would be helpful to know who, specifically, contacted the alum and what sorts of questions were asked).

BUT … Ivy admission officials always end up “rejecting” some strong applicants whom they would really like to admit. So just because your daughter probably scaled some preliminary hurdles, it doesn’t necessarily mean that she’ll get good news this week.

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