Good News Can Come in Small Packages

We Admit It!  Every day we read some phenomenal applications.  And it’s hard to keep our excitement to ourselves.  Sure, we share our great finds with each other, but why should we keep such excitement to ourselves?  Why not share it with you also?

Front of postcard

Front of postcard

That’s why we have postcards.  In the weeks to come (late January through late February), we will send a small cohort of our Regular Decision applicants these happy greetings from W&M.  It’s a small, but we hope welcomed way to share our excitement about your application with you.  The postcard’s message hints at more good news to come when we release decisions in April.  These postcards are not official admission decisions, but are our version of what’s referred to as a “likely letter” (a precursor to an official offer of admission sent to applicants who we intend on admitting).

Because reading is a slow and steady process, we are not able to send a postcard to every student who will be admitted.  In fact, we will likely send postcards to only about 1/3 of the students we will admit.  If you do not receive a postcard, do not panic.  Not receiving a postcard means nothing about your eventual decision.  Remember, there are thousands of applications that we have yet to complete (so they cannot get a postcard at this time because they haven’t been reviewed).  Additionally, because we can only read so many files in a given day, and because every application has to go through two complete reads (and oftentimes three) before a postcard can be sent, there are completed applications that may not move through our review process in time to receive a postcard.  That’s just luck of the draw (as we explained in our previous blog, there’s no set order to the way we read applications once they are completed).

For those of you who do find our greeting in the mailbox in the days and weeks to come, enjoy it!  And way to go!  Your accomplishments impressed us greatly.  Thanks for making our application review so enjoyable.  To all of our applicants, we’ll head back to that huge stack of files on each of our desks and continue to read, read, read.  All of your stories are why we do what we do, and we appreciate you taking the time to share them, whatever the eventual admission outcome may be.

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