What it means to get “postponed” from your dream college

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Questions we explored this week:

  • Results: accepted, denied, deferred, or waitlisted. This year, some kids got “postponed.” What in the world does that even mean?
  • You’re in — but not: This college accidentally sent acceptance emails to all ED applicants…even to those who didn’t get in. Where was it?
  • Teens are missing scholarship deadlines and acceptance letters because of this one problem…What is it?

December 20, 2019 — You’re deferred

Some EA applicants to the University of Michigan received their admissions results: postponed. It’s the same thing as “deferred,” which means their applications will be re-reviewed along with Regular Decision applications. They’ll get a real decision in the spring.

What does this mean? The term “Deferred” might no longer be P.C. Its negative connotation comes from applicants feeling like they’re being strung along for a decision for too long. It’s new and might be picked up by other schools.

Read more here.

December 20, 2019 — Lehigh

The university in Pennsylvania put quite a few families in a tough spot when they “corrected” their error, clarifying that the applicant indeed did not get accepted. These types of email errors have occurred before at institutions like UC San Diego, Tulane, and Columbia.

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What does this mean? Humans are behind the technologies that power mass emails and human error occurs. College applicants might become leerier and leerier of acceptance emails if mistakes like this continue. Other colleges will strengthen their systems to ensure messages reach the right inboxes.

Read more here.

December 19, 2019 — They’re not using their emails

Today’s college applicants are used to Direct Messages on apps like Instagram or Snapchat, not emails. Their teachers, parents, and even college counselors tell them to “check their emails” the way we tell our grandparents to check their cell phones for messages: passionately but half-knowing they won’t do it. Their unfamiliarity with email has led to missing scholarship deadlines, missing acceptance letters, and feeling overwhelmed with unread emails in the inbox.

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What does this mean? Colleges may consider changing their main form of communication with students from email to something more adapted to the teenage world, but for the time being, applicants will have to be more vigilant about their emails if they want to keep up with the “old” world of higher ed.

Read more here.

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