Admit It! The wait seemed like forever. The anxiety was building. The stress was mounting. The blog comments on the last post were ever increasing. But the moment is here. Decisions are being emailed as we speak (or technically as we type). As the day drew to a close all the stars aligned and we were able to get decisions released. Even a super storm couldn’t slow us down. Note that decisions will be released over the next several hours. It takes some time to get every email loaded and sent to the right applicant so please be patient. Tonight the Class of 2017 is starting to take shape. So here’s what you need and want to know.
Notification logistics: Decisions are being sent by email tonight to all students who applied Early Decision and had completed their application. The email was sent only to the applicant and only to the email address provided in the Common Application. The email comes from the @wm.edu domain and the sender is College of William & Mary. If you do not see an email in your in-box please check your spam/junk folders as emails have a tendency to land there. If you still do not see an email from us, you are welcome to call our office on Monday. We will send another decision via email using a different email tool that evening, and we will send a hard copy of your decision letter via mail (only admitted students receive a hard copy of their decision letter; for all other students the letter is provided as the text of the decision email). We do not provide decisions over the phone.
Types of Decisions: There are three possible decisions an Early Decision applicant can receive: Admit, Defer, Deny. Each is discussed in more detail below. Please understand that we arrived at all of our decisions in the most thoughtful manner possible. As a result there is no appeal process for those not admitted. Every application was read at least twice, if not three times, by different members of our staff. Many applications were reviewed by our entire staff during our Committee process. The unfortunate part about applying to a highly-selective institution is that there are more qualified applicants than there are spaces available in an incoming class. Competition was definitely steep this year, anecdotally more so than in previous years. If you were not admitted, know that this decision in no way reflects negatively on your accomplishments. All of our applicants are amazingly bright and amazingly talented. We are incredibly fortunate and humbled to select our incoming class from the best of the best. Those not admitted are still among the best and brightest seniors in the country, and we were duly impressed by all that you have to offer.
Admit: Good Things are definitely in store for you. CONGRATULATIONS and welcome to the Class of 2017, William & Mary’s 320th class. We are excited about the diverse experiences and accomplishments you will bring to our campus next fall. More information is on its way to you by mail. In the meantime, check out the Welcome website (linked in your decision email), like the corresponding Facebook page and get EXCITED! You’re in!
Defer: First things first. We know that you had hoped for a more positive outcome. We understand just how much you want to attend William & Mary. Know that your application will be reviewed again during our Regular Decision process and you will receive another decision in April. That being said, we want you to understand that competition for admission offers will only increase as thousands of Regular Decision applications come in. Historically, it’s been a very small number of deferred applicants who have eventually been admitted. We encourage you to actively and enthusiastically pursue other college applications.
Deny: We know that no matter what we say, it won’t lessen the sting of not being admitted to your first choice university. You are absolutely entitled to be upset, to be mad, to be devastated and a million feelings in between. Again, know that this decision does not diminish the myriad of accomplishments you’ve achieved to date. It is simply a reflection of how accomplished our applicants are and how selective our process is. This is unfortunately a final decision for your freshman application; you will not receive another decision from us in the spring. But our loss is another college’s gain, and we wish you all the best as you pursue other applications for next fall.
So there you have it. The Early Decision process is in the books. We now look forward to Regular Decision, and you can look forward to more updates through this blog.
Wendy Livingston ’03, M.Ed. ‘09
Associate Dean of Admission