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Regular Decision Notification Dates 2021
March 4, 2021
After almost three months of waiting, the nerves have started to kick in as you’ve geared up to hear back from your top choice colleges. You don’t want to forget to check your email and miss an important announcement, nor do you want an email from admissions offices to catch you off guard. Whether it’s going to be a yes, no, or even a position on the waitlist, it helps to know when the regular decision notification dates 2021 are for the class of 2025.
You’ve worked hard, submitted your applications, and been patient. Now that it’s almost March, the time has come. As the dates draw closer for top schools to start sending the decision emails or letters your way, it can help to know when to expect a note from the schools you’ve applied to in your inbox. Take a look at the tables below, which feature the regular decision notification dates 2021 for the top 50 national universities and liberal arts colleges.
Regular Decision Notification Dates 2020 for the Top 50 National Universities
Regular decision notification dates 2020 for the top 50 liberal arts colleges.
Now that you know when to expect to hear back from schools where you’ve applied, tensions might already be rising. As the regular decision dates 2021 draw closer, take a deep breath and prepare for any outcome. You’ve worked hard and hopefully it’ll pay off. You could get into your dream school or you might even end up with multiple wonderful options to choose from and have to dig deeper to find where you belong. No matter what, remember that you made an informed decision and applied to places that you appreciate, so don’t stress out too much as the important days draw closer. You got this!
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What is a Likely Letter in College Admissions?
With a great deal of emphasis placed on the competition among college-bound students to get into the school of their choice, it’s often overlooked that colleges are also in a competition amongst themselves to attract top applicants. One way in which top schools seek to woo particularly desirable students is with likely letters.
What is a likely letter? A likely letter is a message sent to select students before an institution makes its official admissions decisions. In the letter, a school will indicate its intent to admit the student; in other words, they are “likely” to be accepted. To learn more about likely letters and what they mean for you, read on.
Why Do Colleges Send Likely Letters?
There are a handful of reasons top schools send likely letters to especially strong applicants, the most notable of which is to increase their yield rate, while securing the enrollment of the most outstanding applicants. Yield rate is simply the percentage of admitted students who decide to enroll. What’s not so simple about yield rate is its importance to colleges and universities; to them, yield rate is a demonstration of their desirability as a destination for the best and brightest college applicants. Consequently, many of the nation’s most esteemed institutions also have the highest yield rates. For example, Harvard University ( 82.8% ), Stanford University ( 81.7% ), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ( 75.6% ).
Likely letters help selective schools maintain their high yields by keeping top applicants interested and engaged with them, while they wait to make official admissions decisions in late March and early April. Many top US schools have policies where they must wait to notify all applicants of their admissions decisions simultaneously, but a likely letter is a way for admissions officials to circumvent these policies—letting an applicant know of their “likely” admission. A likely letter demonstrates the school’s interest in the student, flatters them, leads to a more positive impression of the school, and increases the odds of the student matriculating.
Likely letters are frequently accompanied with an invitation to events and programs such as diversity weekends and all-expenses paid campus visits. These invitations allow colleges to both further ingratiate themselves to the applicants and provide more time to recruit them to their institutions.
What’s the Difference Between a Likely Letter and Early Write?
Another type of early admissions notification exists, and it’s called an early write. The difference between a likely letter and an early write is how definite the acceptance is. A likely letter only signals the institution’s intention to admit a student, but is not a formal acceptance letter. It’s understood, however, that all “likely” students are admitted, unless their profile changes for the worse. For example, if the recipient of a likely letter drops their advanced classes, gets arrested, or otherwise does something negative, a school can change their mind about their admissions decision.
Conversely, an early write is an official acceptance that comes early. A school can still rescind their acceptance if the student does something negative, but the student can be 100% sure that they are accepted at that time, based on the letter. Early writes are common at top liberal arts colleges such as Williams and Amherst.
When are Likely Letters and Early Writes Usually Sent?
The majority of colleges notify their regular admissions decisions sometime in late March or early April. For example, all of the Ivy League schools release their decisions on the same day—affectionately called Ivy Day. Likely letters and early writes are commonly sent to students from mid-February to early March.
What Does a Likely Letter/Early Write Look Like?
The particular wording of likely letters will vary from school to school, but in general, they follow the same template, highlighting the applicant’s highly probable acceptance and the institution’s enthusiasm to have them as part of their student body. The letters are commonly written in a flattering tone and will foreshadow the arrival of a formal acceptance letter in the future.
To get an idea of the platitudes found in a likely letter, here is an example from Stanford University: “We were inspired and humbled by your energy, imagination, talent, and heart, and this early approval is a tribute to your extraordinary achievements and passion for using your strengths to better our world. We confer this distinction on very few students, and we are thrilled to bring you the wonderful news.”
Likely letters are a way to keep you connected to the school, so many of them also include an offer to visit the college. For example, this likely letter to a prospective student from Columbia University encouraged them to attend one of its Columbia College Days on Campus for accepted students: “We hope you plan to attend one of our two Columbia College Days on Campus weekends…when events for admitted students will include a hosted overnight, visit, a chance to sit in on classes, a tour of New York City and much more.”
Other times, likely letters will remind students that this isn’t an official acceptance and their actions can put their enrollment in jeopardy. This likely letter sent to a student athlete by Yale University is a fantastic example: “Please know we will review your mid-year and final grades carefully, and that we expect you to maintain your present level of academic performance and personal integrity for the remainder of the year.”
Which Colleges Send Likely Letters/Early Writes?
Likely letters and early writes are not openly advertised by schools, hence there is no comprehensive list of schools that send them. However, there is a record of some schools sending these letters in the past. All of the Ivy League schools have used likely letters to court must-have applicants. Commonly, the Ivy League sends these letters to student athletes, as they possess the rare blend of academic prowess and athletic skill that makes them particularly impressive. It’s also a way to entice student athletes who are probably receiving scholarship offers from other schools. However, students who are exceptional in other ways are also potential recipients of likely letters.
It’s not just the Ivy League that sends likely letters to extremely appealing applicants. Institutions such as Barnard, Brandeis, Bowdoin, Clark, College of William and Mary, Duke, MIT, Rice, Stanford, University of Chicago, UCLA, UNC Chapel Hill, and UVA have all reportedly sent top-notch applicants likely letters. Similarly, high-rated liberal arts colleges like Amherst, Williams, Smith, and Grinnell have also been known to send likely letters or early writes.
As mentioned, many likely letters and early writes come with an invitation to visit campus. For example, Vanderbilt University sends around 200 early writes in February to students from various minority backgrounds. In the letter, they invite the accepted students to campus for MOSAIC (Medley Of Students And Ideas Connecting), a multicultural student weekend in March. The goal of the program is to attract talented students to the university and maintain an ethnically and culturally diverse campus. Other schools also have similar diversity weekends for accepted students, such as Amherst College.
What Does it Mean if I Don’t Get a Likely Letter?
If, up until reading this, you wondered what a likely letter was and are now nervous about not receiving one, don’t be. The vast majority of students will not learn of their admissions status until the date of the school’s official admissions decisions. For example, Vanderbilt invites 200 students to their MOSAIC Program, but admits around 2,000 students yearly—in other words, only around 10% of accepted students get a likely letter. Similarly, in 2015, the University of Pennsylvania received 37,267 applications and only accepted 3,697 students. Of those 3,697, an estimated 400 students received a likely letter.
The bottom line is: If you don’t get a likely letter, don’t panic! If you do get one, however, know that you’re one of the school’s top applicants, and you can be relatively sure that you’ll receive an official acceptance, as long as you continue putting forth your best.
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The class of 2022's applications will look different from those of other graduating classes. These students, along with high schoolers who submitted their college applications last year, have seen disruptions to their academics since March 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic.
Jenny Rickard, the president and CEO of the Common Application, a shared application for approximately 900 colleges and universities, told USA TODAY that new standardized testing policies and the transition to virtual learning changed how students approach the college application process.
"The process, by and large, has not been disrupted itself," Rickard said. "It's the way of getting there that has been disrupted."
“Every admission officer in the United States over the next couple of years will recognize that students in high school, in the last year, all faced some unusual circumstances,” Robert Springall, executive director of undergraduate admissions at Penn State, told USA TODAY.
If you’re preparing to apply to college, here’s what admissions officers want you to know:
You only need to explain extraordinary COVID-19 circumstances
Students have seen a range of impacts during the coronavirus pandemic. Some may have missed one season of a sport, others lost loved ones or were diagnosed with COVID-19 themselves.
Gary Clark, director of undergraduate admission at the University of California, Los Angeles, told USA TODAY that admissions officers “assume that all students may have been impacted by COVID in some way, shape or form.”
He encouraged students who were not significantly impacted by the pandemic to focus on their achievements in applications.
“The idea of every student having to write that ‘I wasn’t engaged in activities. I wasn’t able to do this specific thing I typically do outside of class.’ That's not necessary. We recognize and understand that that is going to be the case,” he said.
“If a student has to really think too hard or really struggle to explain how, then they probably don't need to write about it,” he said.
DJ Menifee, vice president for enrollment at Susquehanna University and board director for the National Association for College Admission Counseling, told USA TODAY that students who faced major impacts during the coronavirus pandemic should “feel comfortable being their authentic selves in the process.”
“If they happen to have lost loved ones, if it impacted something they truly loved and they didn’t get to do it for a while, they should feel OK to step into that authentic place,” Menifee said. “Even if they say ‘Well should I share that? Because that could be someone else’s story as well?’ That’s OK. It’s still your story.”
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One of the major changes some colleges and universities made during the pandemic is not requiring students to submit standardized test scores.
A judge ruled in September that University of California schools, one of the country's most prestigious university systems, can no longer use SAT and ACT test results in deciding undergraduate admissions.
Rickard said more than 85% of Common App colleges and universities were test-optional last year.
Admissions officials told USA TODAY they want students to trust that their application won't be tossed to the side if they choose not to submit test scores.
“I recognize for a lot of students, it still feels so new that they're not sure what to do, whether or not choosing test-optional might change how their application is viewed or might be penalized if they choose to apply without a test,” Springall said.
Menifee advised students to “be confident that if you decide to apply without scores that you're going to be treated equitably in the process and looked at as an individual.”
Think outside the box for extracurriculars
Springall told USA TODAY that admissions officers know students have had sports, extracurriculars and other activities delayed or canceled.
He encouraged applicants to focus on any responsibilities they took on during the pandemic, citing students who may have helped younger siblings with virtual school while their parents worked.
“Students, especially this last year, carry some extra responsibilities, and maybe they don't think to document them because they're not getting a paycheck, or it's not something that their school is sponsoring,” Springall said.
“If it's a commitment and time and a responsibility, then we want to hear about it,” he said.
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Resilience is an important characteristic for future college students. But even more important factors for colleges to consider are how applicants approach learning, what they see as the purpose of their education, how they investigate their intellectual interests, and how they react when their assumptions are challenged.
Too many students worry that if they have not faced major adversity in their young lives, they don’t have a college essay topic. Is this really the message we want to send to our future scholars and leaders?
I’m coming to the end of a nearly 40-year career in college admission, the last 21 years at Smith College, a nationally selective women’s college that is known for a socioeconomically diverse student body. I have read thousands of essays. Those that I remember best are not the essays that reflect the greatest hardship or the most pain, but those that show the ability to make meaning from everyday situations, demonstrate a sense of humor, reflect a commitment to the community and, most of all, demonstrate the joy the student finds in learning.
Audrey Smith Northampton, Mass.
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So I have a question for Jeff Bezos, whose net worth now stands at about $200 billion . What would you experience in terms of worldwide gratitude if you decided to fund the universal availability of Covid vaccines? And how much happiness would it bring you? Who knows, perhaps even ambivalent customers like me might develop warmer feelings toward Amazon.
Alternatively, or in addition, I wonder how much money could be raised by some sort of national GoFundMe campaign to support Covax? Billions? And how much good will toward the United States might that generate?
James L. Culnan La Crescenta, Calif.
Cincinnati Decision Day arrives with record numbers and Bearcat surprises
Uc hand-delivers select admission letters as part of feb. 5 reveal day for class of 2021.
As UC reached Cincinnati Decision Day on Feb. 5 — when thousands of students found out if they’ve been admitted to the university to pursue their studies — the numbers reveal that the institution is more popular than ever. To date, a record 24,210 first-year students have applied to UC’s Uptown campus. That’s an increase of more than 1,850 applicants or 8% more than last year (the previous record).
Grayson Mentzel, a Walnut Hills High School senior, became the very first person in the class of 2021 to find out she has been admitted to the University of Cincinnati. This was the moment of surprise when she opened the door to find the Bearcat mascot and UC officials congratulating her. Photo/Andrew Higley/UC Creative + Brand
This news comes on the heels of UC announcing record enrollment for the eighth straight year in the fall when Bearcats numbered 46,798. Based on current numbers, UC officials expect to eclipse 48,000 in fall 2021.
Jack Miner, UC’s vice provost for enrollment management, says UC’s popularity is even more remarkable given the COVID-19 pandemic and state and national trends where the majority of colleges and universities are experiencing significant enrollment declines.
“Where others are struggling to maintain enrollment, it looks like we are going to be able to grow pretty significantly,” says Miner. “We think we’re getting such a great application pool because of our strong academic profile, our phenomenal student life experiences and because people really love the idea of being on UC’s urban campus. We are doing all we can to ensure a healthier, safer and good experience in the fall.”
Those who applied by the Dec. 1 Early Action Deadline will found out at 5 p.m. (EST) Feb. 5 if they had been offered admission. Those who applied after Dec. 1 and those who continue to apply will receive admission decisions on a rolling basis each Friday after Cincinnati Decision Day.
The UC Bearcat steps off the UC shuttle carrying giant balloons as part of the first Decision Day surprise. Two additional students received the same treatment on Friday, Feb. 5 as part of UC's Decision Day. Photo/Andrew Higley/UC Creative + Brand
Grayson Mentzel found out on Thursday, Feb. 4 that she was not only admitted to UC, but she would be a part of the Lindner Business Honors program and would be receiving a $2,000 UC Grant, too. Joining her on the porch are Marianne Lewis, dean of the Lindner College of Business, Jack Miner, vice provost for enrollment management, and the Bearcat. Photo/Andrew Higley/UC Creative + Brand
Surprise! You’re a Bearcat
For a few lucky future Bearcats, the news that they will be studying on UC’s destination campus in the fall of 2021 arrived when the university’s Decision Day surprise team rolled up to their school or driveway. Those students can received a socially distanced and masked visit from a few UC VIPs including Miner and the Bearcat mascot.
Grayson Mentzel, a senior at Walnut Hills High School, was the very first UC applicant to get an official admission letter from UC on Feb. 4, when Miner, the Bearcat and Marianne Lewis, dean of UC’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business, paid a surprise visit to her family’s East Walnut Hills home.
"This is amazing," says Grayson, who teared up when she opened the door. "No other college obviously has gone to this much length. It is very surprising and exciting. I’ve lived here my whole life, so UC is a big part of our family. It is so humbling."
Grayson's mom Kate Burroughs said seeing their daughter get the "rockstar treatment" from UC was incredibly special for their family.
"This is awesome," says Burroughs. "It is so wonderful to see her celebrated for just the hard work that she has put in over the last six years. She's known she wanted to go to business school since she could think about college, and the UC program is all she's talked about for two years."
Dean Lewis was able to share with Mentzel not just that she was admitted into her first-choice major (marketing), but that she has also been invited to be a part of the Lindner Business Honors program, a highly selective academic community that allows students hands-on, real-world learning opportunities such as the ability to intern, co-op, network and study abroad. "It was wonderful to see Grayson's excitement and surprise," says Dean Lewis. "We have a variety of honors opportunities for students that really accelerate their experiential learning as well as their academic learning, and given the headstart that Grayson has, she's a perfect fit. We look forward to helping her make the most of all of her UC opportunities."
Moments that matter
Jack Miner, UC vice provost for enrollment management, speaks with media outside the Mentzel home to explain why UC is celebrating Decision Day with in-person visits. Photo/Andrew Higley/UC Creative + Brand
Miner, who started at UC in January of 2020, is thrilled to begin celebrating Decision Day and other moments that matter to incoming students.
“These Decision Day surprises are going to be a really neat opportunity,” says Miner. “Decision Day is always exciting, but this year we have picked a small number of students who we are surprising in person.”
Miner says the idea is one more way for the two-century-old university to give back to the community that founded it.
“We are a university that really values our relationship to Cincinnati, Cincinnati Public Schools and all the surrounding schools in the region,” he says. We are a national research university, but we’re also still the hometown school.”
We are a university that really values our relationship to Cincinnati, Cincinnati Public Schools and all the surrounding schools in the region. We are a national research university, but we’re also still the hometown school.
Jack Miner, vice provost for enrollment management
UC Lindner College of Business Dean Marianne Lewis elbow bumps Grayson Mentzel, a future Linder Business Honors student. Photo/Andrew Higley/UC Creative + Brand
Most diverse in history
In addition to the record number of applicants, the university is also celebrating its most diverse class of applicants in history. Among the numbers, UC is seeing a 24% increase in applicants offered admission who are African American and a 19% increase in applicants offered admission who are Hispanic.
“We are coming off our most diverse student population we’ve ever had at UC where nearly 25% of our students were minorities,” says Miner. “This fall we could very likely once again have our most diverse makeup in our 202-year history. And what is great is that it is not just racial diversity. It’s also the number of first-generation students we are seeing. We’re trying to grow the number of people in the Cincinnati area with a college degree. So it is not just about us, it’s really about the larger community.”
Beyond Cincinnati, UC is also seeing high water marks for the number of out-of-state and international students who are applying.
From West Africa to CPS to UC
Mohamed Camara exits Aiken High School to find a huge crowd of his supporters congratulating him on being admitted to UC. To his left is Lisa Votaw, principal at Aiken. Photo/Andrew Higley/UC Creative + Brand
Mohamed Camara had no idea UC’s Decision Day surprise team would be rolling up to Aiken High School at 8 a.m. Friday. Walking outside the doors of the Cincinnati Public School, he was greeted with a roar of cheers and smiles from Aiken administrators, staff and teachers who have gotten to know him since he immigrated to the U.S. from West Africa (Mali) a couple of years ago.
Camara learned from Vice Provost Miner that he had been admitted into UC’s international affairs program in the UC College of Arts and Sciences and would be receiving a $2,000 grant to help with expenses. The 18-year-old is a first-generation college student who one day hopes to represent his country’s interests abroad and help others go through the immigration process.
“This young man deserves all the accolades and the opportunities in the world,” says Lisa Votaw, Aiken principal. “He’s a delightful human being, and he works very hard. It is great to keep him in the city. We try to help raise these kids and teach them all that we can, and then they fly. And that is what it is all about.”
We try to help raise these kids and teach them all that we can, and then they fly. And that is what it is all about.
Lisa Votaw, Aiken High School principal
Mohamed Camara removes his mask for a moment and holds up his admission letter and $2,000 grant from UC. Photo/Andrew Higley/UC Creative + Brand.
Mohamed Camara and the Bearcat show off his admission letter from UC. At far left is Aaron Parker, Mohamed's English as a Second Language teacher at Aiken. At right is Jack Miner, vice provost for enrollment management, and Lisa Votaw, Aiken principal.
Aiken Principal Lisa Votaw applauds Mohamed Camara's news. Photo/Andrew Higley/UC Creative + Brand
Mohamed Camara never expected to be interviewed outside of his high school when he got ready for the day. He beamed with pride and thankfulness at the opportunity to become a UC Bearcat, where he'll study international affairs in the UC College of Arts and Sciences. Photo/Andrew Higley/UC Creative + Brand
Another UC nurse in the family
Alex Lewis was worried she was in trouble when Roger Bacon High School Principal Steve Schad (at right) pulled her out of class at the end of her school day on Friday. This was the moment the senior left her school to discover she was UC's third and final Decision Day surprise visit. She'll start at UC's College of Nursing this fall. Photo/Andrew Higley/UC Creative + Brand
It has been a lifelong dream for Alex Lewis to one day follow in her mother’s footsteps. Just like her mom, Sherri Lewis, Alex hoped to attend the UC College of Nursing and one day become a nurse.
As Decision Day arrived February 5, she couldn’t stop thinking about 5 p.m., when more than 24,000 UC applicants would discover if they had been admitted for the fall. For Alex, however, the news came a few hours earlier in the form of an enormous surprise.
Alex Lewis discovered that she would, indeed, follow in her mom's footsteps when she starts at UC this fall. The two shared a long powerful hug on the steps of Roger Bacon High School, where both also attended high school. Photo/Andrew Higley/UC Creative + Brand
She was completely in the dark that UC had reached out to her mom to set up a huge reveal on the front steps of Roger Bacon High School with her classmates peering out the windows.
“I’m over the moon,” Sherri said, as she waited for the school to walk her daughter out the front doors. “I can’t stand it at this point. I’ve kept this secret for almost a week now. I am ecstatic for her to be a Bearcat just like me. I mean this is bigger than any signing day that I’ve ever seen. It is a huge moment.”
Indeed it was a huge moment as Alex walked out to learn from Vice Provost Miner that she had not only been accepted into the UC College of Nursing, but she also had been awarded a $2,000 grant.
Alex Lewis holds up her new UC College of Nursing shirt, which was only part of a large swag bag of UC gear. Photo/Andrew Higley/UC Creative + Brand
The Cincinnati Police are enormously important to the Lewis family. Alex's late grandfather was a Cincinnati Police officer, and she served in the cadet program learning from the officers pictured here, who came to support her. Photo/Andrew Higley/UC Creative + Brand
Alex and her mother speak with members of the media and others outside of Roger Bacon High School. Photo/Andrew Higley/UC Creative + Brand
Outside of Roger Bacon High School are (from left) Steve Schad, Roger Bacon Principal; Justin Veigel, director of admissions for the UC College of Nursing; Sherri Lewis; Alex Lewis; the Bearcat and Jack Miner, UC vice provost for enrollment management. Photo/Andrew Higley/UC Creative + Brand
“It makes me really happy that all of you are here to support me,” says Alex. “I’m very happy right now, just speechless.”
Mom soon joined her in front of the cameras, and the two embraced with a massive hug.
“My mom has been very, very important in my life, and I want to be just like her when I grow up. There is a long legacy of nursing in my family, and I’m just very proud.”
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A Bearcat Promise
New students at UC will benefit from the new Bearcat Promise UC introduced in 2019. Bearcat Promise is an innovative academic and professional development program designed to help students design a customized pathway to their ideal future. Instituted as a crucial piece of UC's new strategic direction, known as Next Lives Here , Bearcat Promise represents a philosophical shift and commitment by the university to all students that they will graduate with a degree in one hand and a career plan in the other.
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Featured image at top: Mohamed Camara receives a surprise visit to Aiken High School from Jack Miner, UC vice provost for enrollment management, who shared his admission news. Photo/Andrew Higley/UC Creative + Brand
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College Acceptance Letter Template – Format, Sample & Examples
College Acceptance Letter: Writing a formal acceptance letter is important for a number of reasons. It is a formal communication between the institution and the applicants, and it establishes legitimacy and conveys important information to students and parents. For this reason, knowing how to write a school acceptance letter, college acceptance letter, or university acceptance letter is extremely important, paying close attention to every facet of the space.
Here is an official yet cordial school acceptance letter sample from a distinguished private kindergarten. It notifies the parents that their child has been accepted into their program. It gives a nice expression of thanks and congratulations as well as letting the parents know the next step to take. It also contains contact details for the admissions department in case the parents have any questions or concerns.
College Acceptance Letter Format
Due to the formal nature of communication, keeping the language brief, succinct, and professional is important. Three paragraphs should be sufficient to convey the acceptance of the student, as well as provide necessary information such as joining dates, documents required, fees, and other such. For medical school acceptance letter , there is a lot of documentation needed that must be submitted before the term begins. Any graduate school acceptance letter will require previous academic records, and there are multiple such examples of schools. Knowing what to communicate and how to communicate it is extremely important.
The following sample contains some relevant details for the student and parents. It informs them of the student’s acceptance, the program, and provides relevant details such as starting date, contact details, and other information about documents. It also provides contact details in case of queries. Overall, it expresses congratulations and has a positive tone, encouraging the student in their beginning at the university.
Request for College Acceptance Letter
After sending in a college application, it is worth following up with the institution for a confirmation on the receipt of the letter. For an important aspect of education such as a graduate or a medical school acceptance letter, asking for a confirmation or receipt validation is a valid form of communication. It is important to convey the date and details of the previous letter, and attach a copy of the same if possible. This helps trace and compare the information and confirms validity. It is also important to sound enthusiastic and eager of the opportunity.
College/School Acceptance Mail
In the digital age of communication, official emails are increasingly replacing traditional methods of communication due to their reliability, speed, and easy trace ability for future reference. The basic format of writing an acceptance is the same as a letter, but it is important to keep in mind the formalities of formatting and attaching official documents with the email.
How to Respond to a College Acceptance Letter
This is a very important part of communication on behalf of the student. It can be positive or negative, but it is important to write this letter for all colleges. Usually, it is good etiquette to respond to all colleges whose acceptance offers are being rejected, because it establishes a standard of professionalism. A letter of thankfulness and gratitude may also be written to a college whose offer is being accepted.
The letter must be very precise and brief. It should immediately state its purpose and convey the necessary information to the reader as soon as possible. Details such as roll number, exam date, and date of receipt of the letter should be included for reference purposes. Politeness, expression of gratitude for the opportunity, and professionalism are extremely important factors that go a long way towards establishing a successful letter.
College Acceptance Letter Example
School acceptance letter.
Congratulations! It is with great pleasure that I inform you of your acceptance to the business program at the University of California, Berkeley. You have been given this opportunity in recognition of your personal and scholastic achievements. We have enclosed a starter package with this letter so you can familiarise yourself with the campus and the opportunities and facilities we offer. Feel free to reach out to us at any time, and we would like to make the transition as easy as possible. We look forward to having you at our university this upcoming academic year.
Sincerely, David Mathews
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Grifieth Daniels 6818 Eget St. Tacoma AL 92508
Dear Grifieth Daniels,
We want to congratulate you on your acceptance to the medical program at (university). Kindly report to the Dean’s office by (date) with all the required documents to complete the admission process. We pride ourselves in providing only the best for our students. Our university provides state-of-the-art infrastructure, library and world-renowned professors. Thank you for choosing (university); we look forward to a long and prosperous journey together.
Dear Channey Bannett,
This is an acknowledgment of your application to the Biology program at our university. We have reviewed your application and all the supporting documents and are happy to inform you if your acceptance to our prestigious program. We, hereby confirm your application to the program. Our next semester begins on (date). If you accept our offer, please arrive with the supporting documents. Welcome to our campus, and we look forward to having you.
Sincerely, Anne Beasley
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Dear Willow Hunt,
On behalf of (school name), I am happy to congratulate you on your (daughter/son)’s acceptance into our prestigious high-school program. Our school has one of the most exclusive programs in the country, and we only accept the very best students into our program. Your daughter/son has scored exceptionally well in the aptitude tests, and we believe (he/she) will make a great addition to our school. To complete the enrollment process, you are required to submit your son/daughter’s support documents along with the attached forms. Please contact the admission office at (xxx-xxx-xxx) for any questions you may have. Once again, we are happy to offer your daughter/son admission into our school and feel confident that he/she will make a strong addition to the program.
Thank you for choosing to apply to our program.
Sincerely, Daniel Barnard
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We are contacting you in regards to your application to our university. After careful consideration of your essays and documents, we are pleased to confirm your admission to our esteemed institution. In addition to a seat at our university, we would also like to offer you a scholarship to the business program, instead of your excellent scholastic performance. To confirm the admission, please visit the college with the supporting documents and your certifications. Our academic year begins in August, so please ensure the documents are submitted before this time.
We look forward to having you on our campus this year.
Sincerely (Signature) Seth Farley
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Dear Zephaniah Sanders,
Congratulations! You have been admitted to (university name) for the 2019-20 semester. On behalf of the entire faculty and staff at our university, I would like to congratulate you on this incredible achievement. We will hold your seat at for the upcoming center, and your admission will be confirmed as soon as your deposit is paid, and supporting documents are provided. You will receive your welcome packet and more details about enrolling into classes and clubs at the university. We look forward to having you on campus this upcoming semester, in the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us on this number (xxx-xxx-xxx). Once again, congratulations and welcome to (university name)!
Sincerely, (Signature) Calista Merritt (Your Position)
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Congratulations! I am pleased to inform you of your admission to (university name) for the 2019-20 semester this Spring. After careful consideration of your essays and personal and scholastic achievements, we believe that you will be a great fit for our computer science program. Here at (university name), we pride ourselves in being one of the top research institutions in the nation. Our faculty find new and innovative ways to use research and teachings to educate our students in a versatile environment. If you intend to accept your admission to our university, please fill out and submit the attached forms to the admissions office along with your deposit. You will receive your welcome packet in the next few days, and we look forward to having you on campus this coming year!
Sincerely, (Signature) Lee Preston (Student)
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It is my pleasure to inform you of your acceptance of our (school). Based on your personal and academic achievements, we have concluded that you will be a great fit for our program. To accept the admission to the university, kindly fill in the attached form and submit it to the registrar’s office before the deadline. On behalf of the entire board and faculty at our university, I would like to welcome you to our community. We look forward to having you on campus this upcoming year.
Sincerely, (Signature) Lacy Eaton (Your Position)
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From, Christian Emerson 118 Arcu St. Rolling Hills Georgia 92358 (665) 936-6545
To, Rebecca Chambers 813 5982 Sit Ave Liberal Vermont 51324
We are very impressed by your contributions to the field of Computer Science and are happy to offer you a seat at our esteemed university. Our faculty are professionally trained from around the world and combine research and teaching to provide the best education possible to our students. If you accept our admission, please submit the supporting documents along with the deposit to the admissions office. We look forward to having you on campus.
Sincerely, (Your Signature) Christian Emerson
From, Qamar Rivera 4764 Sed Road Grand Rapids CT 87323 (948) 600-65465
Dear Nehru Holmes,
Congratulations on your acceptance to (university)! We are pleased to announce that in addition to a seat in our computer science department we will award you the research scholarship worth Rs. 50,000 every semester. This can be put towards a research study of your choice. To confirm your admission, please sign and date the attached document and email a scanned copy at this (email). We look forward to having you at our university.
Sincerely, (Signature) Qamar Rivera
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Dear Driscoll Leach,
We would like to welcome to our university for the upcoming semester. Based on your performance in school, we believe you would be a great addition to our program. Your test scores are impressive, and we would like to offer you a scholarship that will be awarded based on your ongoing performance in college. You will receive more information about the admission confirmation process in the upcoming days. We look forward to having you onboard!
Sincerely, (Signature) Merritt Watson
From, Kim Fletcher 755-9455 Nunc Ave Kennewick AL 41329 (716) 645-2645
Dear Hiram Mullins,
We would like to inform you that your acceptance to the (subject) course of (university) has been confirmed. We have reviewed your application and all the supporting documents and are happy to inform you of your acceptance to our program. We hereby confirm your application to the program. If you accept our offer, please register on or before (date). You will find the required list of documents attached. In case of any admission-related queries, please contact (office and number) and we would be happy to help you. Welcome to our campus, and we look forward to having you.
Sincerely, (Signature) Kim Fletcher
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What are College Likely Letters and How Do You Get One?
Likely Letters are a unique and exciting aspect of the college admissions process. These letters, sent by selective colleges and universities, provide an early indication to high-achieving applicants that they are very likely to be admitted to the institution. Typically sent before official admission decisions are released, Likely Letters aim to give students a sense of relief and encouragement while also motivating them to remain committed to their academic pursuits. While not a guarantee of admission, these letters are often considered a strong predictor of a positive outcome in the competitive world of higher education.
What are Likely Letters?
Elite colleges and distinguished universities employ Likely Letters as a targeted recruitment approach for their most remarkable applicants, including high-performing scholars and exceptional athletes . These letters are a preliminary signal of likely admission, offering students an advantageous preview ahead of the official decision notifications typically sent in late March and early April. Crafted with eloquent compliments and delicate insinuations of an imminent acceptance letter, these Likely Letters are designed to uplift the applicant's spirits and further encourage them to consider the institution as their ultimate academic destination.
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How to Respond to a Likely Letter
When expressing gratitude in response to a Likely Letter, it is important to convey your appreciation for the college or university's consideration. Mention specific aspects of the institution that resonate with you, such as its academic programs, campus culture, or extracurricular opportunities , to demonstrate your genuine enthusiasm for the school. Remember, a sincere and heartfelt expression of thanks reflects positively on your character and helps foster a strong relationship with the institution during the decision-making process.
Asking questions when responding to Likely Letters is an excellent way to gather more information about the college or university, enabling you to make a well-informed decision regarding your future education. By inquiring about academic programs , you can gain insights into curriculum offerings , research opportunities , and faculty expertise . Engaging in this dialogue not only demonstrates your genuine interest in the college or university but also ensures that you have a comprehensive perspective of your options before making your final decision .
Be honest about your interest and intentions
By clearly expressing your enthusiasm or reservations about attending, you allow the institution to understand your decision-making process better and provide any additional information or support that may be helpful. Sharing your genuine thoughts also demonstrates integrity and maturity , qualities that educational institutions highly value. Ultimately, candid communication fosters a strong foundation for your relationship with the college or university, ensuring that your final decision is well-informed and based on a mutual understanding of your needs, goals, and aspirations.
Continue to explore other options
Continuing to explore other options, even after receiving a Likely Letter, is essential for maintaining a balanced perspective during the college application process. By researching various colleges and universities, you can compare academic programs , campus environments, financial aid packages , and extracurricular opportunities to identify the best fit for your individual needs and aspirations. Keeping an open mind allows you to discover potential institutions that might offer unique experiences or resources that align with your goals, ensuring that you make a well-informed decision about your future.
Criteria Colleges use for Likely Letters
While the specific criteria for sending likely letters can differ among colleges and universities, these early notifications often serve as a recruiting tool to attract exceptional students and maintain their interest. The criteria colleges use for sending likely letters can vary among institutions, but these early notifications are generally sent to outstanding applicants who demonstrate exceptional qualities in various areas.
Academic excellence is one of the key criteria that colleges and universities consider when sending likely letters to applicants. When an applicant demonstrates exceptional performance in their academic pursuits, such as high grades , advanced coursework , strong standardized test scores , and recognition for academic accomplishments, there’s a higher chance they will receive a likely letter.
Extracurricular achievements are an important criterion for likely letters because they demonstrate a student's well-roundedness , dedication , and ability to excel outside the classroom. Involvement in extracurricular activities often requires students to develop leadership and teamwork skills, which colleges and universities highly value.
In addition, balancing academics with extracurricular activities requires excellent time management and commitment. Exceptional talent or accomplishments in extracurricular activities, such as athletics , arts, or community service, showcase a student's unique abilities and potential to make a meaningful impact on campus.
Demonstrated interest is a factor considered by some colleges and universities when sending likely letters because it indicates an applicant's genuine enthusiasm and commitment to attending their institution. By showing a strong interest in the college, students signal that they are more likely to accept an offer of admission , which can positively impact the school's yield rate.
Sending likely letters to underrepresented groups helps colleges and universities create a more diverse student body, which enriches the educational experience by exposing students to different perspectives , cultures , and backgrounds . Providing access to higher education for underrepresented groups can help bridge the opportunity gap and promote social mobility. A diverse and inclusive campus environment can lead to better student academic outcomes and career prospects .
Why do Colleges send Likely Letters?
Colleges send Likely Letters to establish and strengthen relationships with exceptional applicants. These early notifications help create a positive impression of the institution, highlighting its commitment to recognizing and nurturing talent. Furthermore, Likely Letters can contribute to the college's overall reputation by attracting students who will excel academically, engage in extracurricular activities, and become successful alumni , thereby enhancing the institution's prestige over time.
Stand out from the competition
By sending Likely Letters, colleges can differentiate themselves from other institutions and create a positive impression on students.
Likely Letters help colleges connect with prospective students early in the decision-making process , allowing them to build rapport and foster a sense of belonging .
Boost student confidence
Receiving a Likely Letter can reassure students that they are considered a strong candidate for admission , which may alleviate some of the stress and uncertainty associated with the application process.
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What do likely letters mean.
The importance of Likely Letters for high school seniors lies in their capacity to offer a sense of comfort and self-assurance during the demanding college application journey. These preliminary communications from colleges and universities suggest a high probability of being accepted and encourage students to traverse the frequently unpredictable and intense admissions environment with increased poise and positivity.
Positive Aspects of Likely Letters
Receiving a Likely Letter helps to reduce student anxiety during the college application process by providing a sense of reassurance and validation . Furthermore, a Likely Letter acknowledges the student's hard work and dedication throughout their high school years, reinforcing their confidence in their abilities and accomplishments.
When a college or university sends a Likely Letter, it demonstrates that the institution has recognized the student's hard work , dedication , and potential to succeed in their chosen program. This positive feedback serves as a powerful motivator, encouraging students to continue striving for excellence in their remaining applications and reinforcing their belief in their abilities. As a result, students who receive Likely Letters often feel more self-assured and optimistic about their prospects, navigating the competitive admissions landscape with greater ease and enthusiasm.
Motivation for academic performance
When a student receives a Likely Letter, it signifies that a college or university is highly interested in their application and sees potential in them as future members of their institution. This recognition encourages students to uphold their commitment to academic excellence and continue putting forth their best efforts to meet all final requirements for admission . Additionally, the knowledge that their hard work has been acknowledged provides an incentive to finish high school on a high note, ensuring a smooth transition into their college journey and setting the foundation for continued success at the collegiate level.
Potential Drawbacks of Receiving a Likely Letter
Reduced exploration of other options.
When a student receives a Likely Letter from a preferred institution, they may feel a sense of loyalty or commitment to that school, which could cause them to pay less attention to alternative options. As a result, they might miss out on opportunities to discover programs , scholarships, or campus environments at other institutions that could align more closely with their academic interests, personal preferences, or long-term aspirations. This tunnel vision during the college application process could ultimately limit a student's potential for personal and academic growth by restricting their exposure to diverse educational experiences.
Pressure to commit
Receiving a Likely Letter can cause a student to feel a sense of obligation for the student to attend the institution that sent the letter, even if they later receive acceptances from other colleges that might be more suitable for them. This pressure may stem from a feeling of gratitude or loyalty towards the college that expressed early interest in their application , leading students to prioritize that institution over others. Consequently, they might disregard factors such as academic programs, campus environment, financial aid packages , or future career prospects when making their final decision. This externally influenced commitment could result in students enrolling in a college that does not fully align with their needs and aspirations, potentially impacting their overall satisfaction and success during their college years.
A Likely Letter is an early indication of strong interest from a college or university, but it is not an official acceptance letter . If students misinterpret the intent of a Likely Letter, they may become overly confident in their admission status and neglect other aspects of the application process , such as completing additional applications or exploring alternative options. Should they not receive an acceptance from the institution that sent the Likely Letter, these students may find themselves unprepared and scrambling to secure a spot at another suitable college, which could negatively impact their overall college experience and future prospects.
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When making final college decisions, high school seniors should consider a variety of factors beyond Likely Letters to ensure they choose the best fit for their needs and goals.
Financial aid packages
Considering financial aid packages when evaluating other factors beyond a Likely Letter is essential because they directly impact the affordability and long-term financial implications of attending a specific college or university. While a Likely Letter signals strong interest from an institution, it does not always guarantee a favorable financial aid package.
Considering campus culture when evaluating factors beyond a Likely Letter is essential because it significantly shapes a student's overall college experience and personal growth . While a Likely Letter indicates a strong likelihood of acceptance, it does not necessarily guarantee that the institution's campus culture aligns with the student's values, preferences, and social needs.
By examining campus culture, students can assess aspects such as student demographics , extracurricular activities , clubs and organizations , support services , and the general atmosphere of the college or university. A campus culture that aligns well with a student's personality, interests, and values can foster a positive and fulfilling college experience, promoting personal development, academic success, and social connections.
By examining post-graduation opportunities, students can assess aspects such as alumni networks , career services support , connections to potential employers or graduate programs , and overall job placement rates . It is crucial to look into post-graduation opportunities when evaluating factors beyond a Likely Letter because it helps students gauge the long-term value and potential return on investment of attending a specific college or university. Choosing a college or university with strong post-graduation support can lead to better employment prospects , higher earning potential, and increased satisfaction with their overall educational experience.
Navigating the College Decision Journey: Beyond Likely Letters
Navigating the college decision journey is a complex and deeply personal process that extends beyond the excitement of receiving likely letters. While Likely Letters provide a sense of reassurance and early validation, it's essential for students to maintain a balanced perspective and continue exploring all available options. Ultimately, this holistic approach empowers students to confidently choose the educational path that best supports their personal growth, academic success, and future career prospects, setting the foundation for a fulfilling and rewarding college experience. Embracing the journey with open-mindedness, resilience, and self-awareness will lead to the best possible outcome, as students forge their unique paths towards higher education and personal growth.
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Harvard College has offered admission to 1,223 applicants for the Class of 2025 through its regular-action program, with 1,968 admitted in total, including those selected in the early action process. The total number of applications for the Class of 2025 was 57,435, a marked increase from 40,248 for the Class of 2024.
“These applicants have faced and overcome unprecedented challenges over the past year,” said William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid. “Their applications and personal stories revealed a window into their resilience, their intellectual curiosity, and their many positive contributions to family, school, and community. They are truly inspiring.”
“We chose to admit a full class, despite the many deferrals matriculating this fall, because we believe in the promise of this incredibly diverse and accomplished group of students,” said Claudine Gay, Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “Harvard is committed to opening the doors of opportunity to all talented students, even if it means confronting the challenge of accommodating more students on campus next year.”
This year’s admitted class, who learned of their admission Tuesday evening, hails from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and from 94 countries. International students make up 12.2 percent of the class, and 8.8 percent are U.S. dual citizens. About 20.4 percent come from the Middle Atlantic States, 19.8 percent from the South, 16.4 percent from New England, 17 percent from Western and Mountain States, 11.9 percent from the Midwest, and 14.5 percent from the U.S territories and abroad.
Based on projections, 55 percent will receive need-based grants, allowing families to pay an average of $12,000 annually. Harvard will require no contribution from 20 percent of families, representing those with annual incomes below $65,000. The students in this group will also receive $2,000 start-up grants to help with move-in costs and other expenses incurred in the transition to College. In addition, 27 percent of students qualified for the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative (HFAI), representing those with annual incomes below $80,000. Since launching HFAI in 2005, Harvard has awarded more than $2.4 billion in grants to undergraduates.
“Despite the disruptions associated with the pandemic, Harvard has maintained all of its extraordinary need-based aid policies, and we remain committed to investing in our core value of removing barriers to a Harvard education for outstanding students from all economic backgrounds,” said Jake Kaufmann, Griffin Director of Financial Aid. “We are pleased that our attractive, need-based financial aid program continues to inspire applicants to see themselves at Harvard College.”
Last year, Harvard announced it would further expand its financial aid program by eliminating the summer work expectation from aid awards beginning in the 2020–21 academic year, and replacing it with scholarship funds. Due to the disruptions associated with the pandemic, Harvard eliminated the term-time work expectation for students receiving financial aid in the 2020–2021 academic year. At this time, with the hope that students and community members will return to campus this fall, students will be expected to contribute $3,500 through term-time work to meet their estimated personal expenses. Further information will be available when fall plans are finalized in the coming months.
This year, an estimated 401 admitted students, or about 20.4 percent, qualified for federal Pell grants, typically awarded to students from lower-income backgrounds, up from 380, or about 19 percent, last year. First-generation students , those who will be in the first generation of their family to graduate from a four-year college or the equivalent, represent 20.7 percent of the class, compared with 19.4 percent in 2020.
At Harvard, families with incomes from $65,000 to $150,000 and typical assets pay no more than 10 percent of their annual incomes. Loans are not required of students, and families who make more than $150,000 are generally eligible for aid on a sliding scale, depending on their particular circumstances, such as multiple children in college or unusual medical or other essential expenses.
Harvard’s net-price calculator makes it easy for families to get a sense of the College’s affordability. For students not receiving need-based aid, the total cost of attendance (including tuition, room, board, and fees) is scheduled to increase by 3 percent to $74,528 for the 2021–2022 academic year.
The Class of 2025 reflects the increasing diversity of the College’s applicants, with 18 percent identifying as African American/Black, 27.2 percent as Asian American, 13.3 percent as Latinx, 1.2 percent as Native American, and 0.6 percent as Native Hawaiian. Women account for more than half, 52.9 percent, of all those accepted to the class.
In a year when few high school students had access to standardized testing or the ability to travel to or access campus for in-person tours and meetings with representatives, Harvard temporarily revised its application requirements to allow students to apply for admission without requiring ACT or SAT test results. Recently, Harvard announced it would extend that standardized testing policy through the 2021‒2022 application cycle . In addition, applicants were encouraged to explore Harvard College through our online information sessions and virtual tour .
“We were delighted to see the diversity and strength of this year’s applicant pool, particularly in a year where no one could predict how it would change,” continued Fitzsimmons. “We will continue to review how the temporary changes to our application requirements impact the admitted class, and we will work hard to ensure that our many digital outreach initiatives encourage students to see themselves at Harvard no matter where they come from.”
Harvard has continued with its efforts to recruit individuals who have served in the U.S. military, working with groups affiliated with the Defense Department and joining the Service to School’s VetLink program in 2017. Nineteen veterans were admitted to this year’s class, and 40 students expressed interest in ROTC.
“The College has benefited greatly from the increase in military veterans applying to and enrolling on our campus,” said Marlyn McGrath, director of admissions. “These members of our classes offer unique perspectives that enhance campus diversity and learning.”
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, programming for Visitas, the College’s admitted student weekend, will once again be remote. Students are invited to participate in this year’s Virtual Visitas for one week, during which members of the Harvard College community will host online events at which admitted students can connect with current students and faculty. Admitted students can also connect with one another in the new Crimson Connect online community.
Staff members in the Griffin Financial Aid office will be available to speak with students and their families this month to help them as they make their final college choices.
This month, Harvard announced it is planning for a full return to campus in the fall, including opening residential accommodations at full density and holding classes in person.
Students have until May 3 to reply to their offer of admission.
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[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State, Zip Code]
[Name of Head of Admissions] [Name of College] [Address of College] [City, State, Zip Code]
Dear [Name of Head of Admissions]:
This letter is a formal request for admission to [Name of College]. I have looked at several colleges that offer Bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Applications, and chose [Name of College] because of its commitment to its environmental program.
Your program is very extensive covering many more aspects of global warming than other colleges in this state.
For example, you offer courses on the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Forest Stewardship Council and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design among other things.
My aim is to participate in forming government environmental policy, and believe that [Name of College] is the best option to prepare me for this challenge.
I have worked for the past two years in a waste management company and helped create innovative approaches to recycling certain items.
Learning as much as I can about sustainable living in different aspects of commercial enterprises, will help me create fair and beneficial public policy.
My application form and all of the required document are enclosed. I hope for a favorable response from you.
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A lot has changed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic , and college admissions are no exception. If you feel uncertain about what to expect from college admissions this year, you’re not alone.
This article will help clear up the confusion! We’ve brought together the latest college admissions news in one easy place to bring you up to speed on the most important changes to college admissions 2021 . In this article, we’re going to cover two main things:
- The top four trends in college admissions 2021
- The three main things you need to be prepared for in the college admissions process as the COVID-19 pandemic slows down
Now, let’s get started!
4 Trends in College Admissions 2021
The college admissions process changes a little bit every year. In 2021, though, the changes have been a little more unpredictable and drastic than usual. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some existing trends have been accelerated and altered for college admissions 2021-2022 .
So here’s what was happening with college admissions news pre-2021 and pre-COVID. Many colleges had nearly a decade of accelerated growth, with student enrollment increasing faster than schools could accommodate. For instance, Texas A&M , which currently has the largest student enrollment jumped from a student body of just over 49,000 in 2010 to over 71,000 in 2020 . The second largest university, University of Central Florida , had around 53,000 students in 2010 , which climbed to almost 71,948 in 2020 .
Those numbers are pretty drastic--and many other schools saw a decent uptick in enrollment numbers, too. But once the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the predicted patterns of enrollment growth were suddenly unpredictable.
COVID-19 affected universities in a variety of unforeseen ways—and each school was impacted a little differently. Having said that, there are some overall trends that can help you see the big picture of college admissions 2021. We’ll break the college admissions news down into four major trends so it’s easier to understand next.
Trend 1: More People Are Applying to Selective Schools...And Acceptance Rates Are Dropping
Most, if not all, of the larger and more selective universities have reported dramatic increases in applications. However, this trend is not true across the board, and is an incomplete picture of the state of college admissions 2021.
Because many schools--including some of the top U.S. universities-- have gone test optional during the pandemic, more students are taking a risk and submitting applications (sans test scores) to top-tier schools to see if they can get in . That means that the number of applications that schools like Stanford and Harvard have received is much higher than in previous years.
But that doesn’t mean there were more individual students applying for college during the 2020-2021 cycle . The Common Application , a popular app that allows students to apply to multiple universities with a single application, saw an 11% overall increase in the number of college applications submitted--but only a 2% increase in individual users .
This is a hint at the overall college admissions trend in 2021: there’s a certain YOLO aspect to 2021 college application patterns . According to Forbes Advisor :
“In particular, through March 1, 20% more first-generation college students applied to big, selective schools—those with the lowest average acceptance rates—as did 24% more Black, Latinx, American Indian or Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander students compared to last year. International applicants to U.S. colleges in general also increased by 10%.”
Why this is happening is hard to pinpoint, but it’s likely that test-optional application policies made it more feasible for a wider range of applicants to apply to more exclusive schools . But it could also have to do with colleges’ increased commitment to recruiting a diverse student body...or the fact that limited jobs have encouraged more students to go to college before entering the workforce.
But a major consequence of the increase in applications is that the admissions rates at selective colleges decreased during the 2021-2022 application cycle.
According to Wall Street Journal , Harvard University accepted only 3.4%, a precipitous drop from their previous lowest acceptance rate of 4.6%. In 2019-2020, Harvard accepted 6.5% of applicants. Columbia University also had a similar decline in acceptances. The 2020-2021 acceptance rate at Columbia was 3.7%, down from 6.1% last year.
If elite schools maintain their test optional policies in 2021-2022--and that looks like a strong possibility--then it’s likely that this trend of more applications but lower acceptance rates will continue during this application cycle.
Trend 2: Fewer Students Are Applying to Less Prestigious Schools
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has had the opposite effect on public universities and smaller private colleges. Fewer students applied to these types of schools during the 2020-2021 school year.
For instance, according to a report published by the New York Times , domestic applications at Cal Poly Pomona were down 40 percent in 2020-2021 versus the year before. Transfer applications dropped even more, plunging 52 percent from the previous year.
And Cal Poly Pomona isn’t the only school in this situation. According to the New York Times, many other schools have seen double-digit drops in their application rates in 2020-2021, including Portland State and Loyola University. And chances are this trend will continue as long as COVID-19 continues to impact colleges’ admissions policies.
There’s one exception to this trend, and that’s graduate school. It turns out that graduate admissions are up , even at less prestigious schools:
“Graduate enrollment, on the other hand, has increased this term by 4.3 percent year over year across all institution types. At public four-year institutions, graduate enrollment increased by 6.2 percent, and it increased by 1.5 percent at private nonprofit four-year institutions. For-profit colleges have seen a 4 percent bump in graduate enrollment so far this spring.”
Again, the reasons behind this are not entirely clear, but it’s likely that people who may have lost their jobs in the pandemic are taking advantage of the opportunity to further their education and/or increase their credentials to qualify for other positions in their field. And depending on the economic situation in 2021-2022, we may see increased graduate application rates this year, too.
But if you’re applying as a freshman, the thing to remember about undergraduate admission rates 2021 is that acceptances haven’t increased, unfortunately, and more students are applying to top schools. This means that having a stellar application packet is key!
Students transferring between schools decreased in 2020-2021, but there's a good chance those numbers will spring back in 2021-2022 as travel restrictions lift.
Trend 3: Student Mobility Is Decreasing
Another aspect of college admissions 2021 is a decrease in student mobility, meaning students’ tendencies to move from school to school. Student mobility affects a school’s transfer student admissions rate, and transfer enrollment overall dropped a whopping 7.9% across all U.S. universities in 2021-2022.
Some of this is likely due to a general lack of travel overall due to COVID-19. According to a report by National Student Clearinghouse Research Center:
"First, a ripple effect of last fall’s enrollment decline has led to far fewer continuing students enrolling this spring compared to a year ago. The 10.2 percent transfer enrollment decline among continuing students can be explained partly by having fewer students enrolled last fall to begin with. Among students who were enrolled in the fall, however, there was also a higher fall-to-spring attrition rate, as well as a decline in transfer activity among those who did continue enrollment into this spring. All these effects are attributable to the pandemic."
Some of the fall-off in transfer rates in 2020-2021 may have been due to lockdowns and uncertainty due to COVID-19. As lockdowns and travel restrictions ease, there’s a decent chance that transfer admission rates will return to pre-COVID levels in 2021-2022.
Trend 4: There Will Be Fewer Domestic Applicants...But an Increase in Diversity
An interesting statistic is that US birth rates have been in steady decline from 2000-2018 . Entering college freshmen in 2021 would be those born around the recession of the early 2000s, the very beginning of this decline. This means over the next several years, there will be fewer and fewer domestic college applicants.
Another statistic is that white students accounted for 51% of all graduating seniors by 2019, and are expected to account for 46% by 2025. This means that colleges are working to recruit more heavily from under-served communities --including low income, first-generation college students, and communities of color. Many colleges have already given diversity, equity, inclusion, and retention programs some emphasis, and that trend will likely continue.
It’s hard to predict how this will change the on-campus culture for future institutions, but you can expect that it will. Currently, students from low-income high schools are 2.3 times less likely to apply to college than students from higher-income high schools. Given the birth rate and graduation trends, it’s likely that campuses will become more diverse and inclusive in 2021 and beyond.
Keep your eye out for these three things if you're applying to college this year.
3 Things to Look Out for in College Admissions 2021-2022
Without a crystal ball, it’s hard to predict what the long-term outcome of all these college admissions trends will be. Nevertheless, recent college admissions news makes some solid projections that can help you roll with the punches as the 2021-2022 admissions cycle unfolds.
Below, we’ll cover three possible scenarios for college admissions 2021 that you need to be prepared for.
#1: It Might Be Easier to Transfer
It’s likely that the current decrease in transfers will reverse once COVID-19 travel restrictions are lifted. People’s lives have changed in drastic ways over the past year, and many students might need to transition to a new school this year.
For instance, some current college students may need to live closer to home because of challenges presented by the pandemic. Others may feel that they never got the chance to become a part of the community at their current school and hope to feel more at home at a different school.
Because of situations like these, it’s possible that there will be an increase in transfer applications this year --and schools with lower enrollment numbers may be eager to welcome new transfer students with open arms.
#2: In-Person Classes Will Likely Return
As the COVID-19 pandemic slows down, many schools are considering how best to return to in-person classes, and most universities have stated that it’s their goal to reopen classrooms by Fall 2021 . While schools may still offer the same types of online classes as before the COVID-19 pandemic, most universities are trying to move back to a mostly in-person education model.
Additionally, a widespread return to in-person learning may inspire more students to apply to colleges in the 2021-2022 admissions cycle. This may mean there’s an increase in the number of students applying for college, too.
#3: Testing Policies May Change
Another trend that may or may not continue in college admissions 2021 is test-optional admissions policies. Some schools, such as NYU and George Mason , have gone test-optional for the long haul and likely won’t revert back to requiring SAT/ACT scores for admission. But many schools chose to go temporarily test optional in response to the COVID-19 pandemic . Right now, it isn’t totally clear whether those schools will keep the SAT/ACT optional when the pandemic ends.
As the 2021-2022 admissions cycle progresses, it’s important to stay up-to-date on the testing policies at your schools of choice. Check in with your admissions counselors and read all of the emails that schools send you to for info on any changes to testing policies. You should also take a look at schools’ admissions websites to check for announcements about admissions policy changes , including test score requirements. We’re also updating our big list of test optional schools regularly , so it’s a good idea to check it out, too.
Even if your top schools remain test-optional, remember that test scores are often still required for many funding opportunities . Students who do not submit test scores may miss out on scholarships and other funds that will make college more accessible to them. It’s also true that students who do not submit test scores to test-optional admissions universities are accepted at lower rates than those who do submit.
Even if the 2021 college application process is a little different, you’ll still have to submit an application if you’re trying to get into a university . This complete guide to college applications is a good resource for you as you start the admissions process!
As you start thinking about where you want to go to school, you’ll need to put together a college list . That’s because ( usually ) applying to college isn’t free: you’ll have to pay a fee to each school you apply to, so it’s important to make each application count!
And of course, a college application only works if you get it in on time . Here’s a timeline to the application process , including big milestones you need to be aware of.
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KUCCPS admission letters 2020/2021
KUCCPS admission letters are official documents indicating provisional admission to university studies for a particular degree program. The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) has unveiled a list of universities that have already issued admission letters to successful applicants for the academic year 2020/2021. Here is a comprehensive list.
Have you done your KCSE and you are aspiring to join the university you selected? Worry no more given our guide on how you can access your KUCCPS admission profile and know which university accepted your application. Interestingly, the procedure is entirely online and accessible all day long regardless of the time and location.
Now that KUCCPS application results are out, it is time to hear from the institution that considered you for a study program. The list coming after that will contain institutions that have already rolled out admission letters for first-year students. A brief guide provided below is handy in retrieving and printing your admission letter from the institution that accepted your application.
Maasai Mara University admission letters for the 2021/2022 intake
How to download KUCCPS admission letters
- Search for the institution that accepted you for a study course
- Click on the school to learn how to access a downloadable file of admission letter. Alternatively, you can maneuver to KUCCPS student portal for the admission letter.
- Print the admission letter
- Remember to observe different schedules outlined in the letter
- Keep up with KUCCPS latest news on admission letters for more updates
If you have been selected to join a public chartered university, you can get your KUCCPs admission letter by following the steps outlined below.
University of Nairobi (UoN) KUCCPS admission letters
Confirm your admission status by visiting KUCCPS admission lists on the UON portal. The list of candidates who qualified for the September 2020 intake at UON is already out. Download or view if you have been selected. After confirming your admission status, proceed to the University of Nairobi for a downloadable admission letter carefully following the steps highlighted below.
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- Visit University of Nairobi students portal. You will have to enter your registration number. or application reference number to get allocated a Registration No.
- Login with application details which include registration number and password. KCSE index no/ID number as your password
- Navigate to the admission letter section to download and print the admission letter.
Moi University KUCCPS admission letters
Confirm your admission status before proceeding to Moi University Admission portal for a copy of your admission letter.
- Access Moi University portal
- Click on admission menu, then select admission letters
- Select first time login format. Note that Email: [email protected] - Your KCSE Index number @gmail.com. Password: ksce_index_number - Your KCSE Index number. For instance, if your KCSE Index Number is 12345678910/2017 then the correct Credential for Login is as follows:
Email: 12345678910/[email protected]
- Proceed to the Admission Letter section for a downloadable and printable copy of your admission letter.
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Dedan Kimathi University of Technology KUCCPS admission letters
The university has availed all admission letters via the official student portal. All legible candidates are requested to access, download, and print their copies promptly for admission purposes. Dedan Kimathi University admission letters contain sufficient information admission school, faculty, college, department, degree and the duration of study for a particular course.
In essence, the letter offers holistic information on all the insights learners need ahead of their admission date. Here is how to download DKUT admission letter 2020/2021
- First, check your KUCCPS status before proceeding
- Navigate to Dedan Kimathi University of Technology portal
- Sign in to the portal using your Index number. Do not include the year in the index number. e.g. (xxxxxxxxxxx) and not (xxxxxxxxxxx/2017).
- Click submit query.
- Continue to the admission letter section to download the admission letter and print it
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) KUCCPS admission letters
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- Log in to JKUAT admission system
- Fill the details required to sign up to apply or download an admission letter, i.e. username and password. Your password (Your Index No/Exam_Year).
- Once you log in, the page that opens will display your admission letter. At the bottom of the letter click on "Download admission letter"
- You can download other documents on the right hand side of your screen
Technical University of Mombasa (TUM) KUCCPS admission letters
Carefully follow the steps below to access a printable admission letter.
- Open Technical University of Mombasa website using any internet browser
- Scroll down to E-Resources section of the website and click “E-registrar” link to open the Login window to the university system. You can as well find this link (E-registrar) at the left side of the footer section of the home page
- Sign in using these credentials;
a) Use your KCSE Index Number as the User ID (e.g. 12345678911/2017)
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b) Use your KCSE Index Number as the password (e.g. 12345678911/2017)
c) Select “Main Campus” in the “Login to” section
d) Click “Sign in” button to login to the system. A new window opens with two options: “My Program Applications” and “Campus General Information” if the login is successful
- Click “My Program Applications”. Two options will open at the top of the window i.e. “My Applications Profile” and “Programs Listing”.
- Click “My Application Profile” option at the top of the window to open your profile information with the tabs “My Details”, “My Academic Qualifications”, …, “My Course Applications”.
- Click “My Course Applications” tab to display the program details below the tabs
- Click to check the box to the left of the program name to select the program you have been admitted into.
- Click the “Letter” button to the right of the window. This will download the admission letter to your computer’s Download folder with Filename “Admission Letter_out.pdf”.
- Open the Download folder of your computer to get your admission letter
- Click “Sign Out” at the top right corner of the window to Logout of the system to secure your profile from unauthorized persons.
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Disclaimer: The Technical University of Mombasa admission letter contains information and forms for registration purposes.
University of Eldoret (UoE) KUCCPS admission letters
- Go to the admission letters on UoE portal
- Select year of admission then enter your index number in the field provided in the format: XXXXXXXX/2017 or Admission number ie ABT/001/18
- Once you submit, you will be guided on how to download the admission letter
South Eastern Kenya University KUCCPS admission letters
For SEKU, you simply need to key in your KCSE index number then submit to access the downloadable admission letter, as indicated in the image above.
Accessing KUCCPS admission letters for other public universities
Here, we will list some public universities and provide links on how you can access KUCCPS admission letters
- Meru University of Science and Technology KUCCPS admission letters
- Laikipia University KUCCPS admission
- Multimedia University of Kenya (MMU) KUCCPS admission letters
- University of Kabianga (UK) KUCCPS admission letters
- Karatina University KUCCPS admission letters
- Egerton University KUCCPS admission letters.
- Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) KUCCPS admission letter
- Maseno University KUCCPS admission letters
- Technical University of Kenya KUCCPS admission letters
- Maasai Mara University KUCCPS admission letters
- Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology KUCCPS admission letters
- Kisii University KUCCPS admission letters
What is KUCCPS, and what does it do for students?
KUCCPS school portal: Public University Constituent Colleges
Murang’a university college kuccps admission letters 2020/2021.
- Log in with your username and password or index number to access a downloadable admission letter.
The Cooperative University College of Kenya KUCCPS admission letters 2020/2021
- When you visit the Cooperative University of Kenya student portal, provide your index number on the field labelled “Enter your KCSE Index No to print your Admission Letter” then click check status to download and print a copy of your Cooperative University admission letter.
Machakos University College KUCCPS admissions letter
Provide your KCSE Index number to download and print your admission letter.
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Follow the links provided and you will find your downloadable admission letter
- Kirinyaga University College KUCCPS admission letter
- Embu University College KUCCPS admission letter
- Kibabii University College KUCCPS admission letter
- Taita Taveta University College KUCCPS admission letter
- Rongo University College KUCCPS admission letter
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KUCCPS school portal: Private Chartered Universities
University of eastern africa, baraton kuccps admission letter.
- Enter your index number on the University of Baraton admissions portal
- Navigate the page that you will be redirected to, in order to download your admission letter.
Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) KUCCPS admission letter
- Access the university portal
- Enter your index number to and once logged in, download your admission letter.
Mount Kenya University KUCCPS admission letter
- Go to applicants /new students
- Enter the application reference or the index no. /year e.g. 09257009053/2019
- Click generate applicant letter of offer.
KUCCPS school portal: Private University Constituent Colleges
Marist international university college kuccps admission letter.
- Access MIUC portal, click on KUCCPS student and select KUCCPS student admission
- Login using a username (Starts with m then index number) and password which is your index number to access your admission materials such as the admission letter, letter of acceptance, biodata for, medical examination form, hostel information.
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Uzima University College KUCCPS admission letter
- Access university's admission's portal
- Identify your name from the alphabetically organized list
- Download and print a copy of your admission letter
Tangaza University College KUCCPS admission letter
- Access Tangaza University College Admission Portal
- From the list of 2020/2021 KUCCPS students selected to join the university, search for your name and click download
- Download and print your KUCCPS admission letter.
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The committees and decisions of college admission… and college football.
This weekend Florida State beat Louisville in the ACC Championship and capped off an undefeated football season at 13-0.
Translation for non-sports fans: they beat everyone they played. They practiced and prepared for each game, and despite some hardships– including losing both their first- and second-string quarterbacks to injury, achieved at the highest level within the context of their schedule.
In other words, they demonstrated not just competency but excellence. And they did so in the face of real adversity and challenge.
But if you want facts, here are a few.
- A committee of imperfect humans made this decision.
This group gathered in a room, presumably with veggie and fruit trays, plenty of gluten, and hopefully at least one recycling bin. They looked at team and conference strength of schedule, home/away wins, timing of games played, and a variety of other factors. At the end of the day, they made their decision given the quantitative information they had, as well as the goals they were trying to accomplish.
- Stats do not guarantee slots.
On that note, their goal in this holistic review was not to “admit” or provide slots to the undefeated, i.e. numerically perfect teams. Otherwise, FSU is in and would not have been nervous about it leading into Sunday’s reveal.
- Supply and Demand is an issue.
When this group assembled to watch games this weekend and debate quality and merit, they knew their primary challenge was “too many good teams for the number (4) of slots available.” They knew no matter what decision they made it would be contested, debated, ridiculed, and challenged. I can’t tell you how many folks in that room were wearing quarter-zips or On Cloud shoes, but I can tell you what they were thinking, “Why couldn’t we have expanded to 12 teams this year vs. next?!”
- Geography matters.
Is Washington better than FSU? Perhaps. We really don’t know. Could U(sic)GA beat Alabama in a rematch? Maybe. But one “problem” the committee had was two SEC teams and one ACC champion with tons of talent and big cases to be made for their spot in the playoff.
Three teams from the South? Is that really a National Playoff?
Conversely, we can pull in one from the southeast, one from the southwest (or what some would simply call the Republic of Texas), one from the Midwest, and one from the Pacific Northwest. Now that does sound intriguing. That sounds “National.”
- Money matters.
And let’s be honest, these four teams have big fan bases and impact major TV markets. Michigan gets you Chicagoland and Midwest markets, plus any absolutely enormous global fanbase. Throw in a little (ok, a lot of coaching and sign-stealing controversy) and Meechagan means eyes, engagement, and bucks. Alabama is clearly a perennial powerhouse with a big national following, and they check the box for key markets in the South. Washington brings you Seattle and portions of the country the others don’t extend to as naturally. And Texas… Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and more. We are talking about big, big, big money. Yes, friends that is three “bigs.”
- People make decisions.
- Numbers are only part of the equation.
- Supply and Demand is the primary driver.
- Geography Matters.
- Money Matters.
Admission committees are congregating all over the country just like the NCAA playoff committee right now (with fewer flat screens and personal jets) to debate these same issues.
How many spots do we have available?
What is our mission?
Which students will help us shape a class?
Will this class help us grow our brand and build national interest?
Does the bottom-line work financially?
So, yea. The answer to the test is “all of the above.”
What does this mean for you?
- It means in the college admission experience many things will be outside of your control. You will not be able to influence or control who is making these decisions. You will not know all of the machinations and factors that they take into consideration. You won’t be able to control how strong the other applicants are that year, or from your state/region, or in your major.
- It means that despite having great numbers, maximizing what was available to you, and showing tons of preparation, fortitude, character, and potential, you may not get into some highly selective colleges.
- It means that it’s not you… it’s them. If you get deferred or denied or waitlisted this month or this year, it does not mean you are not talented or bound for amazing things in college and beyond.
Over the years, I’ve continually quoted my friend Pam Ambler who says, “The way college admission decisions are made is not how they feel.” Boom. Spot on. A defer or deny does not mean you are not smart or amazing. It just means you’ll go on to demonstrate all of that elsewhere. What can FSU do now? They can sit home and cry. Sure. But ultimately they will need to pick themselves up and go win their bowl game. Life lesson: Succeed where you get opportunity!
I could keep drawing parallels all day, but I’ve made a commitment to keep this blog under 1000 words, and I’m at limit.
Happy Holidays, friends.
Author: Rick Clark
Rick Clark is the Assistant Vice Provost and Executive Director of Undergraduate Admission at Georgia Tech. He has served on a number of national advisory and governing boards at the state, regional, and national level. Rick travels annually to U.S. embassies through the Department of State to discuss the admission process and landscape of higher education. He is the co-author of the book The Truth about College Admission: A Family Guide to Getting In and Staying Together, and a companion workbook published under the same title. A native of Atlanta, he earned a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a M.Ed. from Georgia State University. Prior to coming to Tech, Rick was on the admissions staff at Georgia State, The McCallie School and Wake Forest University. @clark2college View all posts by Rick Clark
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Common application plans to send 200,000 admission offers based on reported grades.
More than 200,000 students who have started filling out college applications this fall are about to get good news.
“Congratulations!” the email will say. They’re in.
The email, to be sent Tuesday by the online portal called the Common Application, will convey offers of admission from 70 colleges and universities based on states where the students live and the grade-point averages they report. The offers are targeting those who would be first-generation college students or come from families with significant financial need.
What’s more is that those offers will go to prospective students even if they haven’t completed their applications.
Five public universities in Virginia and Maryland are among the institutions participating in what’s known as “direct admissions” — Christopher Newport, George Mason, Towson and Virginia Commonwealth universities and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
The program aims to ease the stress of the college search by letting eligible students know they will definitely get in somewhere. It is a reminder that many well-regarded schools are eager to attract students and will accept almost all who meet standards to qualify — a point often lost amid the perennial obsession over how few applicants get into the Ivy League and other ultracompetitive universities.
Will top schools continue ‘legacy’ admission preferences? Many say yes.
“We’ve pretty much declared that excellence is not going to be defined by a low acceptance rate,” said Michael Rao, president of VCU. “That whole elitist mind-set is something that doesn’t sit very well for a public university.”
VCU, in Richmond, has about 28,000 students. Its freshman admission rate is about 90 percent. It also has a very high level of scientific research and a campus in Qatar. More than a third of its freshmen this year are among the first in their families to go to college, Rao said. He said he views direct admissions as a way to lure promising students — in this case, those with a GPA of at least 3.3 — as quickly as possible.
“When you’re not fast, and other places are faster, you’re at a disadvantage,” he said.
The Common App is a nonprofit platform that enables students to apply to more than 1,000 colleges and universities. Those who use it are asked to fill out information about their personal background, academic credentials and extracurricular activities. The application also includes an essay prompt, and some schools ask for multiple essays.
For many students, all of that is daunting.
Under the direct admissions program — which the Common App launched in trial runs in 2021 and 2022 — students who create an account and fill out enough academic information can get an offer from schools that want them even if the students haven’t yet applied. In the most recent trial, 14 schools offered direct admission to 33,000 students, according to Common App. More than 800 eventually accepted those offers.
In this round, 70 schools are participating from 28 states. Also among them are Hendrix College in Arkansas, Central Michigan University and The New School in New York.
Offers will be sent to qualified students from states where the schools are based. To qualify, Common App said, students must identify as a potential first-generation college student or come from a family with low to moderate income. They also must meet a minimum high school GPA that each participating school will establish.
Jenny Rickard, president and chief executive of Common App, said one of the goals is to instill confidence in applicants. They might or might not wind up enrolling at the schools that send them direct offers. But they will know that they have what it takes to succeed. “They are worthy and welcomed on a college campus,” Rickard said.
Direct admissions is a relatively new feature in the fast-evolving admissions landscape as many colleges and universities are dropping standardized testing requirements and responding to the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in June that struck down race-conscious admissions programs at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill .
The direct admissions technique underscores the huge number of schools that are, unlike Harvard and UNC-Chapel Hill, not highly selective and are eager to get more students.
The Common App is far from the only pathway for direct admissions. Several years ago, colleges and universities in Idaho pioneered the idea of admitting students directly from within their state as a technique to counter stagnant enrollment. States including Minnesota and Georgia have followed. An education-focused site called Niche also helps colleges connect with potential students through direct admission offers. So do other companies.
Getting an offer is just the beginning. Potential students must determine whether they qualify for financial aid and what the net cost will be for tuition, housing and meals. They must also send in various forms and high school transcripts.
For the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, direct admissions is one way it hopes to raise enrollment. The historically Black institution has 2,844 students this fall on its campus in Princess Anne, said its president, Heidi M. Anderson. She said the university could grow to 3,500.
“Each student matters,” Anderson said. “Each application matters. We are an open-access institution because we so firmly believe in recruiting first-generation students. We cast a wide net.”
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George Mason, based in Fairfax County, is the largest public university in Virginia. With about 40,000 students, it admits the vast majority of its applicants and is also a major destination for community college transfers.
“We have a brand built on the idea of identifying talent wherever it lives,” said David Burge, vice president for enrollment management at George Mason. “Whatever socioeconomic background, and whatever experiences these students might have been born into.”
Through the Common App, George Mason will make offers to eligible students with a GPA of at least 3.3, Burge said.
Separately, it is teaming this year with eight high schools in Northern Virginia to offer direct admission to more than 1,100 students with a GPA of at least 3.25, Burge said. Those high schools are Alexandria City, Annandale, Falls Church, Herndon, Justice, Manassas Park, Mount Vernon and Osbourn.
How many will eventually enroll at the university is unknown. But that’s not necessarily the point.
“Obviously I want them to come to Mason,” Burge said, “but I’m happy if they go to college.”
UW System will send college acceptance letters to students before they even apply
Next summer, incoming high school seniors at some Wisconsin schools will get college acceptance letters before they even apply.
The UW System is launching a direct admissions program, which admits high school seniors based on a student's GPA and course completion.
"They won’t actually be applying for admission," says UW System Associate Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success Julie Amon. "They’ll just be told, 'Based on your high school grades, based on your high school courses, we want you at a UW university.'"
Other states and higher education institutions have utilized direct admissions as a recruitment strategy, including Minnesota .
"One of the goals that we have is really trying to help more Wisconsin residents realize that they are college material — that there is a place for them at a UW university," Amon says.
Taylor Odle, a UW-Madison assistant professor who studies college access, says direct admissions does increase college enrollment.
"This makes sense. Reducing a barrier to college allows more folks to enroll in college," Odle says. "Our research also shows that reducing this barrier to college can be important in reducing equity gaps, especially for first-generation students and students of color."
If direct admissions increases enrollment, it would benefit the financially struggling UW System. Enrollment declines have contributed to structural budget deficits at most UW schools.
Schools including UW-Oshkosh and UW-Parkside are making staffing cuts to save money. System President Jay Rothman is closing three two-year branch campuses due to low enrollment.
The UW System has given high schools a deadline of Dec. 8 to opt in to the first phase of the direct admissions program. In the first phase, the UW System is working with high schools that use two common student information systems: Infinite Campus and Skyward.
"Those student information system vendors have been working with us to really kind of automate this process and make it easy for those high schools to deliver those direct admission letters," Amon says.
Amon says so far, 178 high schools representing 129 school districts have opted in.
A spokesperson for Wisconsin's largest school district, Milwaukee Public Schools, says it plans to participate.
A few UW schools have declined to be part of the direct admissions program. They are UW-Madison, UW-La Crosse and UW-Eau Claire.
The first direct admission letters will be sent to rising high school seniors in summer 2024. Those students would begin college in fall 2025.
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The CCNY Clinical Psychology PhD program emphasizes the mutual and reciprocal influence of scholarship and practice and aims to generate novel and nuanced research, integrative theories, and modes of clinical work. Our program has a strong commitment to psychodynamic thinking and social justice, although a number of evidenced based treatments are represented in our classrooms and clinical training. Embedded within the Program is The Psychological Center, a community based mental health clinic. The Psychological Center ( www.thepsychologicalcenter.org ) provides psychological services to more than 300 individuals across the lifespan each year and concurrently provides our students with a seamless link between scholarship and practice.
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Our student body is diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, gender identities, ages, sexual orientation, religious/spiritual affiliations and geographic home of origin. They have undergraduate degrees in a wide range of majors including psychology, religion, anthropology, philosophy, music, theater, biology, and journalism. Similarly, prior to starting the program many of our students have had professional experiences as teachers, research lab assistants, journalists, musicians, and more.
Our faculty members represent a range of identities; 25% of whom come from historically minoritized backgrounds. Our faculty generate scholarly work that spans a broad spectrum of psychopathology and developmental processes. Their work as licensed psychologists further informs their teaching and scholarly work; more than 50% of the faculty serve as clinical supervisors for students. As evidence for a lifetime commitment to the program, a third of our faculty are graduates of the program!
Students train from years 1-4 in The Psychological Center, receiving a depth to their training. Students train in child and adult individual and group psychotherapy and neuropsychological assessment and receive training in couples work and a number of evidenced based treatments, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Emotion Focused Psychotherapy, Alliance Focused Psychotherapy, Transference Focused Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy. In addition to our generalized training, students can choose to receive specialized training in our Sports Psychology Program, Spanish Language Consultation Group, and Asylum Justice Program.
1. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
We require transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions attended, whether or not they include psychology courses. Unofficial versions are sufficient at the time of application. Upon acceptance, official versions are required.
3. Personal Statement
In your applicant statement, please discuss your past education and experience, academic and professional plans, and reasons for wishing to undertake graduate work. Include some details about intended specialization in your field, your preparation for that specialization, and anything else you consider important for an assessment of your abilities. Please also be sure to convey who you are as a person, not just your academic qualifications. Since we are not a mentorship model program, it’s not essential to specify which faculty members you would like to work with. If you do decide to mention a faculty advisor of interest, please note that your primary advisor must be a core faculty member at CCNY Clinical Psychology doctoral program.
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Please describe how your personal and/or professional characteristics, experiences, and interests have shaped who you are and why you seek to join this field (Length: 500 words, maximum)
5. Two Recommendation Letters (at minimum).
Who should write my letters of recommendation? We require at least two letters of recommendation. We have no requirements as far as who writes your recommendation letters; in general, it is a good idea to include at least one from a professor (to vouch for your academic work and ability) and one from an employer or supervisor - someone who can speak to your research and clinical work and ability. It is important to ask people who can speak of you with real knowledge of your abilities and personal qualities (rather than "he/she was one of 200 undergraduates in my lecture course. He/she did very well with a grade of A in the course...) You can include more than two letters.
6. Writing Sample (Optional).
Note: A change in our admission requirements beginning 2021 Effective with the 2021-2022 academic year, the faculty of the doctoral program in clinical psychology has decided, after careful deliberation and a review of the empirical literature, that neither the general or subject GRE test will be part of our admissions requirements. We have found no useful purpose to the exams as they do not predict academic success in our Program, nor do they maximize our attempts at ensuring diversity and inclusion. Applicants are thus instructed not to submit such scores as part of their application.
Application fee is set at $75. A fee waiver is only offered to US veterans with proof of active service.
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