Admissions 101: Do you prefer college acceptances and rejections be done by Web site or envelope?

March 13, 2012

(Linda Davidson/THE WASHINGTON POST)

Wake Forest draws many applicants who appreciate  its old-fashioned southern charm. Using the U.S. mail to deliver this crucial information like everybody did in my day is part of the package. If we had the choice, blogmates of any age, which would we prefer?

I can see how the Web site way is quicker and less frustrating, and eliminates the need to run home at lunch period as see if the mail has arrived. But I still like the mystery and romance of physically holding the envelope and opening it and unfolding the letter. And I think the old way may be less prone to major goofs that result in many people being told they were accepted when the opposite was the case.

Anybody with me on this? Do you know of other colleges that are sticking to the mailed announcement? Which method do you like best? Vote below and tell us more about your selection in the comments.

DisclaimerThis is a non-scientific user poll. Results are not statistically valid and cannot be assumed to reflect the views of Washington Post users as a group or the general population.
Jay Mathews is an education columnist and blogger for the Washington Post, his employer for 40 years.
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