Preparing for Early Application Decisions

The weeks and days before application decisions are released are some of the most tense and stressful of the entire process. Here’s what our counselors--who have been through this process year after year--encourage you to keep in mind to minimize stress and break down the unknown!

  1. Most decisions will arrive through an online portal. After receiving your application, universities will email admission information including login instructions and the decision release time. Please check your Junk/SPAM folder regularly for these admission emails. Sometimes colleges will encourage you to upload additional content to this portal--so you’ll want to have an account that you’re checking regularly after submitting your application. If you are missing your login information, please contact the Admissions Department directly through email or their phone number.
  2. Please think about opening your decision portal in private or with your family. Although it is wonderful to think of an immediate celebration, there may be a possibility that there is a disappointment that you may not want to be public.
  3. If you applied to an institution through Early Decision, this is a binding agreement. The university will expect a deposit within a few weeks.
  4. If you applied to an institution through Early Action, this is non-binding and you have until May 1st to make a decision.
  5. If you are expecting financial aid, these packages can often take a few more days to arrive than the decision. Reduced or waived deposits often accompany financial aid packages.
  6. If you are deferred, your application will be re-evaluated with the Regular Decision applications. You will be notified with a new decision at the same time as Regular Decision applicants. Please contact your counselor about steps we can take to help your application in between the Early and Regular Decision rounds.
  7. If an application is denied, you cannot apply to the same institution for Regular Decision this year.
  8. Remember that someday everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.