Your acceptance letter will most likely contain some very important information about decisions and deadlines you need to pay close attention to.
Your acceptance letter could:
- Tell you to expect your award letter shortly.
- Ask you to choose a campus meal plan.
- Advise you to reserve a room in a residence hall.
- Ask you to think about what qualities you'd like in a roommate.
Read carefully. Ask questions. Talk to your parents or guidance counselor. Consult the school's website.
If the letter directs you to respond on anything from financial aid to roommate selection, note when your reply is expected.
May 1st is National Decision Day, this is typically the day that most accepted students must inform colleges of their plans to enroll.
If you've been put on the waiting list at your first-choice school, it can't hurt to let the admissions officer know you're still very interested. Send a letter restating your request to attend and include any recent achievements or high grades, but don't inundate them with mail or phone calls.
Because waiting lists are not guarantees of acceptance, you should consider accepting admission to "an alternate" school. You'll want to be sure you're enrolled somewhere for the fall semester so send your deposit by the deadline to secure a seat. But understand that your money may not be refunded if you are later accepted at your first-choice school and decide to enroll there.
If you are admitted to your first choice, immediately inform other schools where you've been accepted that you won't be attending. The spot you vacate could move another future freshman from the waiting list to admission.
What's next? Learn about financial aid award letters.