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Thanksgiving Week Information

Posted by on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 in Application Process.

Hopefully the information below helps keep you in the loop this holiday week!  I hope you have an amazing time with friends and family on Thanksgiving.  Relax and give yourself the break you deserve.

What OUA will be doing the next few weeks:

  • November 22 – 26: counselors are reading Early Decision I applications and will finish initial reads by Thanksgiving
  • November 29 – December 3: counselors will finish up ED I reads and prepare for committee
  • December 6 – 10: committee will commence and admissions decisions for ED I files will be made
  • December 13 & 14: final review of admissions decisions and letter checking (to make sure the correct decision is mailed to each student)
  • December 15th: ED I decisions mailed

Vacation Time:

  • ·OUA is closed on Thursday and Friday (25th and 26th of November)
  • ·Admission counselors may take additional vacation time on either end of the holiday; please know that they will respond to email and phone calls as soon as they return

If you need assistance:

  • First, check our website (including the blog)!  Most information is available on the website and our blog gives up-to-date information throughout the cycle
  • If you have a more basic question call our main office at 1.800.288.0432 or email ( and one of our staff members will be glad to help you; this is also appropriate if you need to check on the receipt of application materials
  • When you need to follow-up on an incomplete notice, contact Nikkie Marlow (
  • Interview-related questions or concerns should be directed to Dustin Lynn (, Admissions Counselor & CoRPs Coordinator
  • If it’s a detailed request specific to your application, contact your assinged admissions counselor

Finally, for your reading pleasure this holiday week:

  • Check out Sue Biermet’s guest columns on The Choice Blog
  • NACAC study finds college admissions professionals believe US News & World Report “Best Colleges” rankings does harm to college search process
  • Commodores upset No. 8 Tar Heels in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Tournament

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  • Amber

    November 25th, 2010

    Thanks for your blog; it has been INCREDIBLY helpful during this stressful time. I just have one quick and completely random question- Does Vandy assign different envelope sizes with the different admissions decisions? For instance, if I open my mailbox and see a ‘little envelope’ rather than a ‘big envelope,’ will I know that I was denied for admission?
    I’ve been watching too many tv shows and movies lately in hopes of killing the stress and I have noticed that the concept of the ‘big envelope- you’re in’ and ‘little envelope- you’re not’ is rather prominent. In retrospect, I probably should not have chosen to watch such college-centered things to watch if I my intent was to de-stress…

  • Kylie

    November 28th, 2010

    Amber: Early Decision letters (regardless of admission status) will come in standard letter size (i.e. “little envelope). If you receive admission through Early Decision you will receive that “big envelope”, but not until April when all of our materials are ready. Admitted Regular Decision students receive a “big envelope”. Students placed on the wait list or denied at Regular Decision receive standard letter size envelopes.

    Hope this information helps de-stress….

  • Sarah

    November 29th, 2010

    Is there any chance we will receive a decision before December 15th? I know a few people who applied Early Decision last year, and they did not get a letter in the mail until a few days after the 15th…when should we except to hear?

  • Kylie

    November 29th, 2010

    Sarah: December 15th is the day letters physically leave our office and are loaded onto a mail truck. The day you receive your letter depends on where you live. We send all decision letters (regardless of admission status) in a standard size letter envelope. Some students may receive letters the 15th and some may not receive letters until several business days later. You must wait one full week (Tuesday, December 21st for ED I this year) before you can call and receive your admission status via phone. We do not release decisions via email.

  • Oren

    November 29th, 2010

    Kylie, what happens to applicants who are leaving town for Christmas vacation? I am going out of the country on December 18th for eleven days and will not have access to a phone while I am away. I live in Florida, do you think I’ll have my letter before the 18th? If not, then what should I do?

  • Kylie

    November 29th, 2010

    Oren: You’ll have to wait until you return from your vacation in that case. You may have your letter in time, but it depends on the USPS schedule.