Deciding

​Once the admission offices have notified you of their decisions, you need to make your decision as to which school you will attend. It is a big decision, and an important one. Take your time, carefully evaluate all of the information and make the choice that is best for you.

  • No college can require you to commit to attending prior to May 1, the National Candidates Reply Date, with the exception of Early Decision or NCAA athletic scholarship programs.

  • If you have received financial aid offers, compare them carefully. Determine exactly what your out-of-pocket cost will be to attend each school.

  • Attend prospective student events at the colleges to which you were admitted.

  • Talk to your family, your counselor and those you trust.

  • You should never submit an enrollment deposit to more than one school. It is an unethical practice that may result in your acceptances being withdrawn by the colleges involved.

  • Once you have decided, notify the colleges that you will not attend and request to have your application closed.

  • If you have been offered a spot on a college’s Wait List, learn what you need to do to be an active member of the Wait List.

  • Be sure that you have a place to attend if you are not eventually offered admission off the Wait List.