This month lots of college admissions offices are contacting applicants with news such as: Yes, you got in! Nope, sorry. Or, welcome to the wait list.
Most schools try to get the news out by early to mid-April, and often they do so online (sometimes in rather creative ways) so students do not have to wait by their mailboxes. Then it’s up to students to decide where they want to attend and, most importantly, join Class of 2015 Facebook groups.
Decision day at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was set for Pi Day — since pi is equal to 3.1415926, the decisions were announced on 3/14 for the Class of 2015 at 9:26 p.m. The date was announced in a “confidential cable cable between top-ranking diplomatic envoys within the MIT Admissions Office” that was intercepted by “MITLeaks” and reported on an admissions blog. That Monday night, students logged onto a MIT Web site to learn the news. (MIT accepted about 9.6 percent of the 17,909 students who applied, according to The Tech.)
The University of Virginia wrapped up its reading season last week and notification day was earlier than expected — Friday at 5 p.m. Thousands of high school seniors logged on that evening to learn their fates. (In the end, U-Va. accepted about 32 percent of the 24,005 students who applied.)
U-Va. senior assistant dean Jeannine Lalonde, better known as “Dean J,” blogged this Notification Day advice:
“This time of year brings a lot of joy, but there are going to be some hurt feelings as well. While I want you to be happy and celebrate your successes, I hope you'll be gracious around classmates who might not get good news. If you don't get the good news, I hope you'll be happy about the options you DO have.”
Applicants to the University of Chicago learned their admit status on the afternoon of March 18. In the Uncommon Blog, admissions staffers urged all applicants to “please take time to enjoy the rest of your senior year” and linked to a You Tube video featuring this classic advice from Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast, and if you don’t stop to look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
What other colleges have announced Class of 2015 admissions? Let me know in the comments section.