How to Get Off a College Waitlist

How to Get Off a College Waitlist

All is not lost if your teen gets waitlisted. Colleges offer applicants spots on their wait list during the regular admission periods, but those applicants typically won't hear about being admitted until after May 1 (the deadline for accepted seniors to secure their spot with their deposit.) Admissions officers make their final decision on whether there are any openings left in the next freshman class among those who are admitted but choose not to attend. If your teen is wait-listed, that means that your student is competitive among that school's pool of applicants. After the May 1 deadline, the admissions officers will go back and reexamine your teen's application and other students on the wait list. Read on to find out the five recommended steps to make wait-listed acceptance a potential reality: Accept or reject a place on the wait list. This is done online or by sending in a postcard. If your teen accepts, be certain that the school is definitely a...
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Is Your Teen a Candidate for Taking a Gap Year?

Is Your Teen a Candidate for Taking a Gap Year?

So what's all of this talk about gap year? Is that something that would be a good option for YOUR teen? Read on to find out. How did gap years originate? Gap Years started in the United Kingdom in the 1970's. The purpose was to fill the 7 or 8 month gap between final exams and the beginning of university. The intention was to contribute to the development of the student typically through an extended international endeavor. Gap Years came to the United States in the early 1980's. Since coming to the United States, they embody every type of program and experience imaginable, domestically and internationally. What is the purpose of a gap year? A gap year is considered to be 'constructive time out between life stages'. According to the American Gap Association: “A Gap Year is a structured period of time when students take a break from formal education to increase self-awareness, challenge comfort zones, and experiment with possible careers.  Typically these are achieved...
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