26 Weeks to College: Week 26

When and how you get notified
February 27, 2020

Waiting, waiting, and still more waiting. That’s what February and March are about when it comes to college admissions. When will the waiting be over? When will the college where you have applied notify you of their decisions? How will they notify you? Fat envelope means good news, fact or fiction? These are the questions inquiring applicants have on their minds right now.



  • Research notification dates and methods for the colleges on your list.


  • Check your email, voicemail, texts, and snail mail for any communications that relate to applying to college. Read them and take whatever action is necessary.
  • Update your parents about what you’re doing. This regular communication will work wonders in your relationship with your parents during this stress-filled year.


1. Finding out when and how you will be notified of a college’s admissions decision is a pretty straightforward research task.

Start by checking your correspondence from the college. Very often, the college includes the information in their post-submission correspondence to you. If you can’t find it there, then try this simple Google search: “notification date” admission [name of college here].

The most reliable information will be on the college’s website, so scan the search results for the college’s URL first. The only information you can DEPEND on is information from the college itself. You cannot rely on information you find on discussion boards online.

2. If the college has given you a link and log in information for an applicant portal or website where you can find out the college’s admissions decision, test it before the big day.

Your meltdown when you encounter technical difficulties on decision day will be EPIC. Guaranteed. So, test your log in now and avoid the epic meltdown.

3. The “Fat Envelope” is still most often a signal that good news lies within, but you rarely have to wait for the envelope to arrive in order to know whether you have been admitted or not.

The majority of colleges will either notify you by email or post your admissions decision on your applicant portal on the day that the envelopes go in the snail mail. There are, however, a few colleges that still notify ONLY by snail mail and for those the Fat Envelope is what you want to see!

Very important: DON’T IGNORE THE FAT ENVELOPES. Open them and read them all the way to the end so that you don’t miss any important information.

We’re officially at Week 26 🙌 but we’ll keep posting with updates, so keep reading!

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