While You’re Waiting

Admission committees at boarding schools are finishing up their decisions and building acceptance packages this week. Most schools will mail or send their decisions for delivery by March 10. Anticipation is building. From the admission office side, we look forward to announcing acceptances and the thrill of building the incoming classes at our schools. But we also know that there are some difficult conversations to be had with those students who don’t make it through.

We put together a short list of things that students and families can do while they are eagerly waiting for that letter to arrive on March 10.

1. Make a few calls to the admission offices at the schools you’ve applied to and check to make sure they have received all of your materials and that you’ve met their application requirements. It never hurts to check in and take one more opportunity to show that you are interested.

2. If you do have a first choice school, be sure to tell someone in that school’s admission office. Admission offices are thinking critically about their “yield.” They want to make sure that a high percentage of the students they accept do in turn decide to enroll. But, be sure to consider this advice thoughtfully. Honesty and integrity are very important to every school. You shouldn’t convey a “you’re my first choice” message unless that really is the case.

3. Start thinking about re-visit days. Boarding schools offer opportunities for accepted students to return to campus in the spring for a more comprehensive visit. Re-visit days often include opportunities to attend classes, spend time with a student guide who shares your interests, meet coaches and program directors, or join a panel discussion. Re-visit days are scheduled during the last week of March and the first week or week and a half of April so that students and families can take advantage of these opportunities before they return their enrollment decisions by April 10. A good re-visit day experience can cement your decision, or even change your mind. Be sure to go into those visits openly. Weather in New England can be precarious during those weeks. Try not to let an unusually cold or rainy day weigh too heavily on your decision. Ask questions, pay close attention to the relationships between students and teachers. Make sure you have an opportunity to meet any coaches or teachers you’d specifically like to work with. Know that every school has both sunny and rainy days.

Good luck with the rest of your admission process!

–Linda D’Arco
Associate Director of Admission

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