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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Does Your Teen REALLY Need to Take Subject Tests?

Does Your Teen REALLY Need to Take Subject Tests?

So your teen is planning to take the SAT Subject Tests? Unless your student’s primary choices are on the list below, taking Subject tests may be unnecessary. Consider this — Amherst, Barnard, Columbia, Dartmouth, Duke, Haverford, Vassar and Williams all stopped requiring students to submit their scores from the hour-long exams; however, they will be examined if submitted. SAT Subject Tests, in the past called “SAT II” exams and “Achievement Tests,” were once a primary part of the admissions process, especially at the most competitive schools. Since the University of California dropped its Subject Test requirement almost ten years ago, the number of students taking the tests nationally has dropped significantly. In the past five years, the number has fallen over 25%. Also worth noting is that the number of students taking the ACT increased nationally to over 23%. It will be interesting to see if this trend continues in light of the redesigned SAT, given its similarity to the ACT. (In place...
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