I know you are freaking out about when you’ll hear from your early schools. It’s totally normal, but you need to manage your freak out by getting information about when you’ll hear and then refocusing your energy on the things within your control – like your schoolwork! We’ve given you the tips and tricks for how to find out when you’ll be notified below.
1. Finding out when and how you will be notified of a college’s admissions decision is usually a quick and easy research task.
Start by READING the emails that the college has sent you and CHECKING your admissions portal on the college’s website. Very often, the college either tells you or posts their notification dates. Some even give you real time updates.
If no joy there, then try this simple Google search: “early notification date” admission [name of college here]. Scan the results looking for the most current information and give preference to information that is posted by the college itself because that is the most reliable. If you can’t find anything from the college, then and only then should you scour the discussion boards. Fair warning: the discussion boards are usually full of anxious applicants like yourself who mostly know nothing for sure. So take anything you find there with a BIG grain of salt.
2. You’ll probably know before the FAT ENVELOPE comes.
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 out via 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!
Since you should be getting your decision via computer, there are a couple of things to do to get prepared:
3. When the FAT ENVELOPE arrives, take the time to read everything inside it. There will be important information about deposit deadlines, housing, and financial aid. You don’t want to miss any of this critical information.
Now back to studying – remember to finish strong!!!
Anna Ivey is one of the founders of Inline. An experienced admissions consultant and a frequently cited media expert on the topic of college admissions, she is also co-author of the college admissions bible How to Prepare a Standout College Application. Learn more about Anna's background here.