Just a few advice tips to help you make your final college decision. This is a biggie, so don’t be in a hurry to get it over and behind you. It is important to take your time, and carefully evaluate all of the information to make the choice that’s right for you.
Things to keep in mind:
- No college can require you to commit to attending prior to May 1, the National Candidates Reply Date, with the exception of Early Decision or NCAA athletic scholarship programs.
- If you have received financial aid offers, compare them carefully. Determine exactly what your out-of-pocket cost will be to attend each school. Ask questions about scholarships (are they locked in for all 4 years? Do they increase with the college’s cost of attendance, each year?).
- Attend prospective student events at the colleges to which you were admitted.
- Never submit an enrollment deposit to more than one school. It is an unethical practice that may result in your acceptances being withdrawn by the colleges involved.
- Once you have decided, notify the other colleges that you will not be attending and request to have your application closed.
- If you have been offered a spot on a college’s wait list, learn what you need to do to be an active member of the Wait List. However, be sure that you have a place to attend if you are not eventually offered admission.