Deferred from EA or ED? Take action!

Pick Me!No rest for the applicant weary! If you have been deferred from
schools where you applied Early Action or Early Decision, now is the time to show “Demonstrated Interest”.

In the next few weeks, you can improve your chances of moving from the “limbo” stack of applications to the “Admitted” stack. There are many ways for the student (not parents!) to demonstrate interest:

  1. Visit campus again, and be sure to register with admissions office when you do.
  2. Email your admissions counselor, ask good questions, and confirm that your application is complete.
  3. Send any additional information which may have not made the application deadline, i.e., did you get published in the school newspaper, make the honor roll, earn a great report card, or receive other acknowledgments? Send a copy of your award with a note, “just thought you would like to know….”
  4. Respond to all emails from the admissions officers, even if they seem superfluous or not serious. They are!
  5. Do you have an opportunity to interview with the college? Be sure to go for it.

Note: This is also an important tactic for the regular admissions cycle. However, if you are notified that you have been waitlisted, these are the same type of initiatives you will need to take to move off the waitlist.

You need to show the love! Many Admissions Departments consider demonstrated interest very seriously. They want to improve their acceptance rate and increase their yield of accepted applicants who commit to attending. Every time a college can improve their Admissions statistics, it benefits their place in the college rankings, the holy grail in a university’s endowment.

Be assertive, enthusiastic and motivated and  give the Admissions Department a few more good reasons why they should accept you.  :)

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Don’t be a Ghost Applicant

Who are you?

Admissions officers like your application but still don't know who your are.

Admissions officers like your application but still don’t know who your are.

You have worked hard submitting so many college applications over the past few months. Your essays were crafted with care, you did your best on the SATs and ACTs, and paid a whole bunch of $70 application fees (ouch). Now it’s time to rest, right? Nooooo!

There is more work to do! Admissions officers are reading thousands of applications. And 100s of the candidates could be identical to you; same scores, same course load, same extracurriculars. Who will get the coveted acceptance letter? It will be the student who has expressed a true interest in attending their school. The other kids in the pile of applications never visited campus, never requested additional information or visited the website. This applicant is a phantom, he or she is a GHOST. After all your hard work in submitting your application, do not be a ghost applicant!

Many colleges, especially the smaller liberal arts schools, track the interest that you show. This is called  “demonstrated interest”. By demonstrating interest, you may increase your chances of receiving an acceptance.

Demonstrated Interest could be:

  • Visiting campus and registering with the admissions office
  • Attending college fairs, introducing yourself to the admission officers
  • Sending a question via email to the admission officers
  • “Liking” the college’s Facebook page
  • Responding to emails from the college
  • Checking with admissions office regarding the completeness of your application
  • Logging onto their college portal system (if they have one)
  • Participating in the college’s admission webinars
  • Visit the college again!

Demonstrating interest assists the college in evaluating whether you are a serious applicant verses a ghost applicant. Ghost applicants have the tendency to not attend the college if an offered an acceptance.  Their reasoning maybe that the student thinks of the college as a “safety” school. Offering acceptance letters is a big deal to a college admissions office. It effects their overall admissions statistics which then effects their rankings. Give your application a boost by demonstrating interest!

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