Decisions, Decisions — Regular Decision Edition

We Admit It!  At times we felt like this day might never come.  You probably felt similarly.  But the day has in fact come; it’s even a few days ahead of schedule.  We are releasing decisions as we speak, and all decisions should be in your inbox within the next few hours (we will post a comment when all emails have left our server).  Keep in mind that we are in the process of emailing nearly 14,000 students.  This will take some time on both the part of our email server and yours.  Please be patient.  All decisions come in the form of an email and are sent to the email address you provided in your Common Application.  Decisions are emailed to the applicant only; parents do not receive a copy.  The sender is College of William & Mary at undergraduateadmission@wm.edu.  Decisions are sent to all Regular Decision applicants and all deferred Early Decision students.  This will likely appear as a “Do Not Reply” email.  We use a do not reply email address not to offend or because we don’t want to hear from our applicants, but because we need to keep this channel open to release decisions.

Decisions are emailed to all students regardless of the decision we made.  Those who are admitted will receive an email entitled “Good Things.”  Yes this means what you think it means.  Don’t second guess it.  Instead celebrate it; you’ve earned it!  Other students will receive an email with the subject “William & Mary Admission Decision.”  Because we do not mail anything to those who are waitlisted or denied, the entirety of your letter is replicated in your email.  Those who receive the “Good Things” good news will receive that exciting thick envelope in the coming days with more information.  In the meantime, there is a link provided at the bottom of your email to our admitted student website.  Click, browse and enjoy.

If you applied to both W&M and the joint degree programme with St Andrews, you will receive both decisions in the same email unless you are admitted to W&M and get the “Good Things” email.  If that’s the case, you will receive a second email regarding your admission decision for the joint degree programme.  You will also find a copy of that decision in the letter included in your admit pack which is on its way to you by mail.

If you do not receive a decision tonight there could be a variety of reasons.  Before assuming you did not receive an email, please first check your spam and junk filters as our emails can sometimes automatically land there.  If you do not see an email in any folder, please call us (757-221-4223) between 8:00am and 5:00pm any day this week.  We will investigate what happened and provide additional information as to how you can receive your decision.  In most cases, if a decision was not received we will email you again the evening you call using a different email method and we will put a hard copy of your decision in the mail to you.

Following this blog are three additional blogs.  One is specifically for those who are admitted, one for those who are waitlisted and one for those who are denied.  Each provides additional information for students in that particular decision cohort.  Please feel free to review and post any remaining questions as comments.  You are welcome to express joy, elation, confusion, sorrow, heartache, anger or outrage.  We just ask that you keep your comments appropriate and on point.  We will respond to everyone as soon as we are able.

We’re delighted to bring this process to a close.  We are sure you are also.  Regardless of the decision we reached on your individual application, we thank you for taking this journey with us over the course of the last several months.

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