Postcards from the College

Admit It!  April seems like an eternity from now.  You worked so hard, day-in and day-out, for months on end to get your application ready.  You clicked submit, and now you wait.  And wait.  And wait.  And wait some more.  Well beginning this week, SOME of our applicants (and we cannot emphasize some enough) will get a small token of our appreciation.

What do we mean by that?  Well, we send out postcards to applicants whose application we very much enjoyed.  The postcards look like this on the front.  (Isn’t the William & Mary cypher elegant as all get-out?)

Front of postcard

Front of postcard

And on the back is a cleverly-worded message (or at least we think it’s clever) about the good news still to come.  It’s our version of what many admission offices call a likely letter.  While no decision is final until you get the formal letter (in the proverbial thick envelope) in April, we would not send a postcard to anyone who we did not believe deserving of that thick envelope (that would just be cruel).  It’s also our way of saying thank you: thank you for applying, thank you for being such a stellar student, thank you for making our job so enjoyable, thank you for being interested in William & Mary.

So let’s go back to that bolded and all-caps word SOME.  These postcards will be sent to only a small portion of those students who will eventually be admitted (likely less than a quarter of our admitted student cohort).  That translates to only about 10% of our total applicants.  Whether or not you get a postcard is primarily determined by luck.  Did your application get completed early in our review process?  Was it selected to be read early on in our review process (application files are selected to be reviewed totally at random)?  Did it progress through our first, second and third reads rapidly?  The answers to all of these questions again are based totally on luck of the draw.  If you do not receive a postcard, DO NOT PANIC.  It does not foreshadow any particular admission outcome.

We will continue sending these postcards for the next several weeks as we continue to review applications.  As we near our Committee process, we will stop sending postcards and prepare to send actual admission decisions.

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