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Types of Admission Responses From Colleges

The application process is in full swing and with admission responses from colleges beginning to trickle in, let us help you decipher the four potential outcomes you can expect.

1) You are Accepted – Congratulations! Once all your acceptance letters are in, review the offers carefully and take your time to decide the best offer. Revisit your original criteria – what factors were important to you? If possible, visit the colleges and/or speak to current students and alumni about their experience there. Look into securing your student visa and be conscious of upcoming dates and deadlines including orientation or financial aid information. Be kind and let the other colleges and universities know that you will not be attending to open out spots for your peers.

2) You are Rejected – Do not be disheartened. It’s not the end of the world. Breathe, take a step back, and objectively analyze your situation. Consider broadening your scope of colleges (for example, include another country in the mix) and apply to universities whose deadlines haven’t passed. 

3) Deferred You’re still in the game!  A deferral means the college wants to review your application again with the regular decision pool of applicants. Some colleges may request you to submit more information or upload updated documents, so read the letter carefully. Our recommendation is to submit a letter of interest immediately. If the deferral comes from a college you have applied to for Early Decision (ED), it implies that you are released from your commitment. This means, if admitted after a deferral, you are not obligated to attend the college.

4) Waitlisted – Rethink your strategy. The waitlist is the college’s safety net, meaning that if a number of accepted students do not attend, then the college can fill those spots with waitlisted students. If you are in this situation you need to:

  • Decide if you really want to attend this college before you opt to be on the waitlist. 
  • If you are sure you want to remain on the waitlist, send an update email to the admissions representative. The college may have also sent instructions, feedback or potential next steps that you must follow.
  • We strongly recommend you have alternative plans with another University and don’t pin all your hopes on the waitlisted institution.


The admissions process can be daunting: email us today on on how to navigate this crucial milestone.

Good luck!


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