Candidates Reply Date
Most colleges participate in an agreement to let all students know of
their admissions status no later than mid-April for regular admissions
options. Then you have until the common reply date of May 1 to let the
college know if you will be attending. Typically, colleges require by
May 1 a deposit of a few hundred dollars to hold a space for you. Check the
instructions you receive from the college. At this time (by May 1)
students should also notify colleges if they will not be attending to
make room for students on wait lists. Above all, do not deposit at more
than one college. "Double-depositing" is frowned on by all colleges and
may result in both colleges withdrawing their acceptances. If you are
unable to meet the May deadline for some reason (for example a missing
financial aid offer), you should request an extension from the
in addition to being admitted to some colleges, some students will end
up on waitlists at some others. Waitlists are the colleges' insurance
against being under enrolled in September. They do not know how many
deposits they will receive on May 1, and if they appear to be running
short, they will soon make offers to those students on the waitlist.
Usually this might happen in early May. If you are on a waitlist, there
is no guarantee of getting off it, so you must deposit at some college
on May 1. If later you are admitted from a waitlist, you of course can
choose to go to that college, but let the first one know you changed
your mind and expect to lose your original deposit.
Choosing Your College
In mid-April you need to decide which college to attend. If you are
accepted at your first choice college, you need to be sure that the
criteria you were considering in October are still important to you
now. Do you have the highest chance for success and fulfillment at this
college, or might you do better academically and feel better about
yourself if you choose another college from among your acceptances?
This choice will be particularly important if you will be pursuing a
professional school after graduation. It is a good idea to make one
more visit if you are undecided over a couple of colleges or if you
have not seen one of your colleges, but you need not spend too much
time doing this and interrupting your course work. Keep in mind that it
is your decision, and you should pick a college that meets your needs.
If you have been attending to each step of the process, the answer
should be evident.
In the end, enjoy graduation and
your status as a St. Edward High School graduate. You have made an
important adult decision and you are well prepared for a successful