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What is Double Depositing? Is it an Ethical Option?

The clock is tick­ing down and the April 1st has arrived. High school seniors across the coun­try are check­ing their email and mail­boxes for the admis­sions deci­sions from the col­lege they applied to. Many stu­dents may receive more than one accep­tance. The stress and the cost of col­lege is a major deci­sion, so for stu­dents who can­not make up their mind where to go, they may con­sider dou­ble depositing.

What is the def­i­n­i­tion of dou­ble deposit­ing? Dou­ble deposit­ing means putting down a deposit, and thus accept­ing admis­sion, at more than one college.

I often hear, “This deci­sion is not easy!” Or “I love all my schools for dif­fer­ent rea­sons.” Stu­dent re-visit their col­leges and look to teach­ers and friends (and even par­ents) for guid­ance. So what do they do? Send­ing a non-refundable enroll­ment deposit check can cost as lit­tle as $100, while at oth­ers it can be as much as $500 or $1,000 can be costly, but the stu­dent just can’t decide. Read more about the Dou­ble Deposit­ing and eth­i­cal issues sur­round­ing it.

What Is A Gap Year?

Accord­ing to the Uni­ver­sity of Delaware, the def­i­n­i­tion of “Gap Year” is a “tem­po­rary posi­tion (1 – 3 years) between col­lege, grad­u­ate school or a full time job.” Many stu­dents are inter­ested in “tak­ing a year off” before buck­ling down to a “seri­ous” job or grad­u­ate school. These tem­po­rary “in-the-meantime” jobs can pro­vide expe­ri­ence, direc­tion, emo­tional and cog­ni­tive growth, and sat­isfy curios­ity about the real world.

Ask your­self these five questions:

  1. Do you enjoy traveling?
  2. Do you like learn­ing new languages?
  3. Are you a hands-on learner?
  4. Do you like mak­ing new friends?
  5. Are you open to new ideas and chal­lenges? For more ques­tions to con­sider click here.

I’m Going to Be a Senior Next Year…Will My Course Selection Make a Difference?

Many juniors (and their par­ents) want to know what courses they should take to improve their chances of admis­sion to the col­lege of their dreams. There is no magic for­mula but when weight­ing your course selec­tion for the upcom­ing year, there are a few things you should consider:

•  Have you taken full advan­tage of oppor­tu­ni­ties avail­able to you in high school?
•  Are you achiev­ing at your high­est level all four years?
•  Have you con­sulted with your coun­selor before lock­ing in your course selec­tion?
•  Ask your­self,  “Am I chal­lenged by the courses I am tak­ing?“
•  Are your courses a good foun­da­tion for col­lege and will you be pre­pared to take college-level math, writ­ing, and sci­ence courses?
•  Are your courses among the most rig­or­ous ones avail­able to you at the school? Read more sug­ges­tions for how to suc­ceed in courses you choose.

Can I Appeal the Admissions Decision?

You may be ask­ing your­self if you can appeal a deci­sion of denial from a col­lege.  There may be a chance you can.  Some col­leges have very strict poli­cies stat­ing if you were denied accep­tance to their insti­tu­tion, the deci­sion stands and there is no appeal process. Other col­leges will allow for an appeal. My sug­ges­tion would be to con­tact the col­lege directly to see if this is an option. Check their web­site or speak directly to the admis­sions office.

If you have a legit­i­mate rea­son to appeal you may want to dis­cuss this with you admis­sions rep­re­sen­ta­tive.  Some of the cir­cum­stances that might war­rant a review could include:

What to Do While On a College Wait List

Re-evaluate your list. Pri­or­i­tize those wait-list schools.

wailistA Speedy Response. Hope­fully you responded quickly and hon­estly as some schools look at response time to be on their wait-list. Did you tell your col­lege why they would be a good fit for you and why you want to be there?

Be Real­is­tic. Some schools will respond to those on the wait­list and some will not so keep in touch, but don’t overdo it. If you have some­thing sub­stan­tive and new which has taken place since you last wrote, men­tion it.  It’s not in your best inter­est to send weekly or daily emails.

Know that the deci­sion is out of your hands.

Make the best of your situation.

Embrace the accep­tances. It’s tough when a dream school defers a stu­dent, but being placed on the wait list might be a sig­nal to move on. While there is a chance that a stu­dent may be admit­ted in the late spring or sum­mer, it is best for stu­dents to embrace the schools that have accepted them.

A Wild Card. Once your let­ter is off to the school, focus with all your heart on mak­ing your best choice among the places you have been admit­ted. It is best to treat the wait-list school as a “wild card;” deal with it when you receive it.

Action Plan for Junior Year — Grade 11

Fall Semes­ter

Main­tain­ing your grades dur­ing your junior year is espe­cially impor­tant. You should be doing at least two hours of home­work each night and par­tic­i­pat­ing in study groups. Using a com­puter can be a great tool for orga­niz­ing your activ­i­ties and achiev­ing the grades you want.

Talk to your guid­ance coun­selor (or teach­ers, if you don’t have access to a guid­ance coun­selor) about the fol­low­ing: Avail­abil­ity of and enroll­ment in Advanced Place­ment classes.

Sched­ules and reg­is­tra­tion for the PSAT, SAT Rea­son­ing Test and SAT Sub­ject Test, ACT with Writ­ing, and AP exams. Remem­ber that when you take the PSAT in your junior year, the scores will count towards the National Achieve­ment Pro­gram and the National Merit Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram (and it is good prac­tice for the SAT Rea­son­ing Test). Read more on the action plan for stu­dents each semes­ter of their junior year.

How to Handle College Rejection

Han­dling rejec­tion is never easy. As a mat­ter of fact, it can be pretty dev­as­tat­ing unless you pre­pare your­self ahead of time. Many stu­dents apply to a vari­ety of schools. Some shoot for the stars while also apply­ing to real­is­tic col­leges they would also be happy at; ones that are in-line with their abilities.

This month, the major­ity of col­lege deci­sions will arrive home. While there might be jubi­lant cel­e­bra­tion for admit­tance to an insti­tu­tion, there also might be dis­ap­point­ment. The col­lege appli­ca­tion process is a time of tran­si­tion and growth, and rejec­tion may be part of the process.

If you receive a rejec­tion let­ter there are sev­eral ways to work through the dis­ap­point­ment. Read more about how to cope with the let­ter of rejection.