Decisions, Decisions — Time for Transfers

Admit It!  It’s your turn.  You’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of your spring transfer application decisions and they are on their way to your in-boxes as we type.  Pretty efficient turn around if we do say so ourselves.  We’ve read every application.  We’ve checked everything twice (couldn’t resist the subtle nod to a holiday classic), and now decisions are on their way to you.  So here’s what you need to know.

And they’re out. Decisions are awaiting you in your in-boxes.

Decision Logistics:  Decisions are being sent by email tonight to all students who applied for spring transfer and had completed their application.  The process takes a few hours so please be patient.  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 any business day between 8:00am and 5:00pm. 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).

Types of Decisions: There are two possible decisions a spring transfer applicant can receive: Admit, or Deny. Each is discussed in more detail below. Note: we do not waitlist applicants for spring transfer (there simply isn’t enough time between now and the start of the spring semester to activate a waitlist process).  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 in detail from cover to cover taking into account all pieces of information you shared with us.  We do our best to ascertain whether or not you are prepared to be a successful student at W&M and whether or not W&M is the right next step in your educational path.  While transfer admission is not as selective as freshman admission is, the process is still very competitive.  We generally admit between 40% and 45% of the transfer students who apply (note that the process is more selective for those applying as second-semester transfer freshmen as those spaces are highly sought after and have limited availability based upon how many beds we have available in freshman residence halls).  The decisions aren’t easy but they are thoughtfully made.  We appreciate all of the hard work and effort you have put into this process and wish you all the best as you consider your options, regardless of the decision you received from us.

Admit: Congratulations.  Good news indeed right?  Who’s excited?  We know we are.  You will make wonderful additions to the classes of 2014, 2015 and 2016, and we hope you choose to join us in Williamsburg next spring.  More detailed information is on its way to you by mail.  But take tonight to celebrate, to give yourself a pat on the back, to do a happy dance and to share your good news with the world.  Tomorrow you can begin preparing for your transition should you decide to join the Tribe (the right choice).

Deny: First things first: remember that this is a competitive process.  We expect a lot from our transfer applicants.  As a result, a lot of stand-out students apply.  Sometimes some applications appear stronger than others.  That doesn’t mean that those who were not admitted are weak.  Remember that this isn’t the end of the road for you.  There are certainly students who were not admitted initially but who eventually re-opened their application and received good news.  Plus, you may have some great other offers to consider.  We know that nothing we say will make this feel any less like a rejection, but that’s not how we intend it.  This simply wasn’t the right time for you to transfer to W&M.  But we wish you all the best, and we are happy to be a resource for you as you continue to pursue transfer options.

So ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all application persuasion, that’s it for the fall semester.  Overheard in Committee and Decisions, Decisions blogs will return in the spring as we go through the process all over again.  Until then, we’ll keep blogging.  You keep reading (and applying).

Wendy Livingston ’03, M.Ed. ‘09
Associate Dean of Admission