The Ivy Coach Daily

March 28, 2011

Deciding on Colleges

Regular Decision applicants have until May 1st to let colleges know where they intend to matriculate (photo credit: Andrew Chen).

For months, you have waited anxiously to hear back from the colleges to which you applied. Was your application strong enough? Were your grades and SAT / ACT scores high enough? Did your teachers write you powerful letters of recommendation? Did you stand out from the enormous applicant pool? All of these kinds of questions have circled throughout your head as you go to sleep, as you eat your breakfast, as you study for your calculus exam, as you participate in your extracurricular activities. But now, college applicants, the tables have turned! Now, you hold the power as colleges give you word of their admissions decisions. And we at Ivy Coach advise you to use that power wisely!

College applicants don’t have to inform universities of their final decision of where they intend to matriculate until May 1st. That means you have a few weeks to figure out where you want to spend the next four years of your life. This is a major life decision and we encourage you to take your time before you send in your response. If you are deciding between two schools, visit them. Take the tours. Attend the information session. Talk to students. Walk into dorms. Sit in on classes. Spend an overnight. If you’ve already visited the colleges but still aren’t sure, visit them again. Take a couple days off from school. In the end, it will be worth it to insure that you make the choice that is right for you. Although we don’t recommend it, if you need an extension, many colleges will offer you one (however, you should ALWAYS first check with the admissions office). But in the next few weeks, you should have more than enough time to decide what school you want to attend.

And remember…the decision is yours! Check out our post on selecting a college based on parental or peer pressure.

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