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Until Next Year

December 19, 2012 by

Admit It!  You’ve been looking forward to winter break.  So have we.  And it’s just about upon us.  The College of William & Mary and the Office of Undergraduate Admission will be closed beginning Friday, December 21.  We will re-open on Thursday, January 3.

While we will continue to process applications and their accompanying materials during the break, our phones will be off, and our staff will be taking a welcome break from their in-boxes.  Remember, the freshman Regular Decision deadline is January 1.  This is a postmark deadline.  We realize that January 1 is a federal holiday; we will therefore gladly accept anything postmarked January 2.  We also realize that mistakes happen; if you don’t click submit until 12:01am on January 2, do not worry.  Your application will be welcomed.

During this time, if you are experiencing any trouble completing the application, we encourage you to contact the Common Application Help Desk directly.  Also, please review our last blog regarding the processing of applications.  During the next several weeks we will not be able to immediately verify the receipt of application materials since they come in by the truckload on a daily basis.  Remember, we will communicate with you and your parents throughout the processing of your application via email.

If you have questions about a campus visit, note that our spring schedule will be available online in mid-January.

We will check our admission@wm.edu email every day while we are closed (with the exception of December 25).  That will be the best way to reach us during the break.

Until then, Admit It! is signing off.  Happy holidays and we’ll see everyone in 2013.

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


  • Ebi Doubeni says:

    That stinks… Hopefully I can get my application in before the world ends on Friday :D

  • Admit It! says:

    @ebi Doubeni, what stinks? And if you want our two cents, if the world is going to end on Friday, no worries about your app. If the world doesn’t end, you’ll still have 10 days to complete it!

  • Ebi Doubeni says:

    Oh no!!! I didn’t mean it like that. I just like reading the admit it blog XD

  • Admit It! says:

    @Ebi Doubeni, got it. Well we’ll blog from the other side of the apocalypse/2013!

  • Melissa Torres says:

    Over the summer I went to visit your wonderful school all the way from Maryland and I fell in love with it. I was so excited to go on a interview that is offered at William and Mary. Throughout my high school years I have been involved in Key club, ICARE club, Red cross club, Christian club, JV soccer team, cross country team and track team. I also volunteer at my local elementary school, the NIH gift wrapping fundraiser, the Thanksgiving parade,the walk for autism , Light the Night (Leukemia walk) and the cherryblossom festival. I’ve taken honors courses throughout high school career. I took my first AP class on Economics junior year. I’m finishing my senior year with an another AP class on physiology. I have a Unweighted GPA of 3.2 and a SAT score of 1200. My SAT score was so low because I was not able to use my IEP accommodations during my test. Since I have a learning disability my IEP gives me extended time on my test but because i couldn’t use it on the SAT my test scores were low.Please let me know the chances of getting into this school.

  • Ebi Doubeni says:

    Hi I am no admissions expert or representative but I know/ have asked countless times will having lower stats than 50 percent of the people applying, especially being out of state ruin my chances. The answer I always get is yes and no. Yes because numbers are important but no because numbers are not the applicant as a person and cannot predict how well a person will fit into campus. I, like you, have the same fear, but apply anyways. The college process is 100 precent holistic so having “low sat” scores won’t make you get an automatic rejection.

  • Admit It! says:

    @Melissa Torres, review our Chance Me Post (http://blogs.wm.edu/2010/12/14/chance-me/) from a few years ago. There’s no way without reviewing an application in its entirety and comparing it to the pool. So the only way to know your chances is to apply. When applying to any highly-selective school like W&M the odds are statistically against you but because we have no mimimum criteria, and because every application is reviewed from cover to cover every student has their credentials reviewed and considered. If you’re interested, apply. The worst thing that could happen is that you don’t get admitted which while disappointing is not the end of the world. That’s the best advice we can give.

  • Admit It! says:

    @Melissa Torres and @Ebi Doubeni, we encourage you to review our Chance Me post (http://blogs.wm.edu/2010/12/14/chance-me/). The only way to really know your chances is to apply and get a decision. Our process as @Ebi Doubeni said is entirely holistic so we cannot determine a student’s chances without reviewing their entire application and comparing it to the entire pool. If you’re interested, apply. The worst thing that will happen is that you don’t get admitted. Yes, applying to a highly-selective school has the odds against you from the get go but the pay off could be great. If not, getting denied is not the worst thing in the world.

    Please remember this blog won’t be checked a lot. Urgent questions should be sent to admission@wm.edu which is checked daily.

  • curious mom says:

    Hi, W&M. Given the upcoming changes to the Common App, I am wondering if you might be adding a supplement next year that will include an “Additional Information” section that the Common App is eliminating. My older children needed that section to put in the awards that would not fit on the Common App form, and I imagine there are other students who have used that section for providing information that did not fit well in other sections of the Common App. Thanks for all the information you provide!

  • Admit It! says:

    @curious mom, we have not decided on our next year’s supplement yet. We are closely following the changes in the Common App and will adjust accordingly. We”ll know more next summer.