Admission notification dates for 2021

Below are the admission decision dates we compiled from a number of sources. I’ve also added a column for the forum post discussing each school’s regular decision and for a poll that we will create as the decision date approaches. We’ll be filling these columns in preparation for the students who visit the site in March and April to find out who got in.

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Report: Seniors Are Waiting to Apply to College

Higher education has suffered many negative effects from the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps one of the most interesting — and perplexing for colleges and universities — is the delay in starting the application process for a large portion of high school seniors. This fact was brought out in a survey of 31,000 seniors by Niche and Tudor Collegiate Strategies.

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Do I Need to Send Official SAT and AP Score Reports?

Can you explain self-reporting test scores to me?

Do I need to send official scores for these tests?

Good question, but stand by for a potentially confusing answer. So — with the hope of making it less confusing—"The Dean" will discuss SAT and AP scores separately.

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The 8 Biggest Essay-Writing Myths, And Why the Reality Is Much Better

The biggest misconception out in College Essay-Writing Land is that college essays are complex, tricky undertakings you can only get through with hours of painful labor. Good news: that's dead wrong.

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How Do I Explain Why I’m Not Submitting Test Scores to Colleges?

"My intended test dates last spring and summer were canceled, and the closest test site I could find was in a state several hours from home. My school counselor is adamant that students should not travel for tests and that colleges with test-optional policies won't penalize those who apply test-optional."

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How to Find Your Best Fit Volunteer Opportunity During COVID

Here are some of the ways that, with a little research and creativity, you can find the opportunity that's just right for you.

Match Your Cause with Your Skillset
Decide on a Work Environment
Do Your Research
Set Your Boundaries

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Should Applicant Correct Small Activity List Mistake?

On my daughter's Early Action (EA) application, she didn't correctly identify the name of a local organization for which she does volunteer work. She miswrote just one word in its title, and then she passed this title along to her guidance counselor who made the same error in her reference letter. So if my daughter...

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Perspectives on Virtual Learning

Pandemic-prompted online classes are problematic. That's no secret. Both students and teachers have had their share of difficulties with them. Some have taken the time to articulate their issues and I'll explore a few of those perspectives in this article. My emphasis will be on higher education, but...

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How to Structure College Essays That Succeed

Using an outline saves students at least one draft and leads to more compelling essays.
Prompt, a college essay coaching and feedback company, finds that students using outlines typically need two drafts, versus three or four drafts for those who don't.

📖 Prompt's Foolproof Guide to Outlining Personal Essays
📖 The Journey Essay Has Four Components
📖 The Theme Structure

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4 Benefits of Building Strong Relationships with Professors

You already know how valuable student-teacher relationships can be; the bonds you built in high school got you rock-solid recommendation letters that helped to pave your way to college. Your professors can get you even further, so here are four reasons to foster strong connections with them.

1. References
2. Networking
3. Mentorship
4. Improved Academics

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6 Questions to Ask Yourself if You’re Considering Deferring Your Freshman Year

1. What Factors Are Driving My Decision?
2. What Type of Timeline Do I Have?
3. How Does Potential Deferral Impact My Applications?
4. I've Decided to Defer — What Now?
5. What Are the Risks?
6. How Should I Spend My Gap Year?

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Do Colleges Review Applications Before the Deadline?

Q: Do colleges wait until the deadline to start reviewing materials? Or do they review them as the students' applications are finalized (all documents received)? It seems impossible considering there are only about 10 people listed on the admissions staff.

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Five Things to Talk About with Your Professor During Office Hours

There's a lot to do on a college campus, but one of the biggest missed opportunities is never utilizing a professor's office hours. There are several reasons why undergrads don't participate in office hours, but one of the most common explanations given is "I don't know what to say." If that sums up your experience thus far, check out these five topics to get the conversation rolling.

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SIGN UP FOR WEBINAR: Prioritizing Mental Health for the College-Bound

How have you been coping with the challenges of 2020? The college admissions journey is a lot of physical, emotional and mental work. With the added stress of the current pandemic, it is easy to become overwhelmed.

Join our webinar— Prioritizing Mental Health for the College-Bound: Trends, Advocacy, and Tips— on November 10, 2020, 7:00 pm EST.

Sign up now to join.

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How to Spend Less Time on a Much Better College Essay

What's the point of a college essay? If you know what admissions officers are looking for, it's surprisingly easy to give it to them in just four or five hours. If you don't, it's common to spend tens of hours honing and refining an essay that flops.

1: The Point of College Essays Is to Set You Apart
2: Most Personal Essays Wrongly Focus on a Story/Anecdote
3: It's Okay to Focus on Ordinary Moments

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5 Factors to Consider When Applying to Test-Optional Colleges

Here are the five main factors to consider when it comes to whether you want to submit SAT or ACT scores.

1. A Good Test Score Can Be Another Point in Your Favor
2. Emphasize the Other Elements of Your Application
3. Explain Yourself Well
4. Have Others Speak on Your Behalf
5. Double-Check Policies for Areas Beyond Admissions

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Would Princeton Admit All Five Applicants From My High School?

Q: I’m applying Early Action to Princeton and to a few other schools Regular Decision, and I think my chances are good at all of these schools. We are all in the honors program in my high school and our stats are all pretty similar. Will they accept all five of us? Or do they try and just take one or two from each school?

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5 College Interview Tips From Alumni Interviewers

Although you won't be offered a college interview at every school on your list, many institutions will connect you with an alumni interviewer so they can get to know you a bit better. If you've got an interview ahead of you, consider these tips that we've gathered from five alumni interviewers.

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College Budgeting 101: Six Tips on Handling Your Finances During Undergrad

You may have noticed, but college can be fairly expensive (that's why we so frequently discuss financial aid secrets). Tuition aside, many of these costs are similar to the ones you're going to face after you graduate, so it's critical that you start learning how to manage your money while you're still enrolled.

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Will Colleges Know If I Apply to More Than One School Early?

I have a question about Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA). I am thinking of applying restrictive early action (REA) to Harvard or ED to Duke. Both obviously have limitations about where else I can apply. Ideally I'd like to do REA at Harvard, but even if I do that, I would possibly miss the...

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