ED I Update
Much of the information below will come as a repeat to you if you’ve kept up with the comments. Many questions keep popping up, though, so I wanted to address those major topics here. Additionally, I want to add a bit of a personal perspective in these last few days before our ED I applicants receive decision letters.
ED I: By the Numbers
We don’t separate out the numbers between ED I and ED II, rather we will publish a comprehensive blog after ED II with all of the data points. I received many questions this week about numbers: how many applications did we have, how many ED I students did we accept, what is our admit rate by school, etc. As much as I understand why prospective students want to know, you have to understand we’re not going to publish it until February. We view Early Decision as a single pool and we don’t want students to get hung up on identifying differences where there are none.
I will tell you we are currently experiencing an increase in applications in general. As always our applicants are amazingly qualified: great academics, highly involved in their communities, and they have strong support from teachers and administrators.
Your Admissions Decision
Presently, we expect to mail all decision letters on the afternoon of Tuesday, December 14th. We will post a blog when letters head out the door. Applicants living outside of the United States will receive an email on December 15th notifying the student of the decision.
All decision letters are sent USPS in a standard letter envelope. Students who receive admission will have the Open ‘Dores admission packet sent to them in April once we select our entire Class of 2015.
Admission decisions are available via phone on Tuesday, December 21st, but not before that day. This applies no matter the circumstances. We don’t set these rules to torture you. Instead, we do this because receiving an admissions decision can be an emotional moment for families. Additionally, it is impossible for our office to field thousands of frantic calls in one day and still provide personalized service.
OUA will never release a decision via email (unless you live abroad). We have this policy for privacy reasons.
Please note that many admission counselors will be out of town for the holidays beginning Monday, December 20th. If you want to speak with your assigned admissions counselor, you may have to wait until the week after the holidays. Every counselor on vacation will set an out of office message on both their email and phone so you should know their availability.
A Personal Note from the Blogger
I understand this waiting period is stressful. My blogs aim to relieve some of that anxiety by keeping you informed and up-to-date. Thank you for all of your wonderful questions! Several times this past week I woke up anxious in the middle of the night. As a counselor, I want to give my students the best advocacy possible. I know my colleagues share my commitment to this process. I tell you all of this to let you know we care about what you’re going through and we are doing our very best to give you a full, honest, respectful review.
When letters arrive, Vanderbilt will have several hundred new members of the Class of 2015 and I am thrilled to welcome those new ‘Dores! This is one of the most exciting moments in life: to finally know where you’re going to spend your next four years. Enjoy the coming six months and give yourself the peace you deserve!
My heart goes out to those who will receive disappointing news this week. I’m human and I’ve been there and it stinks. I get it. Everyone in my office gets it. On the day you receive your letter you probably won’t want to listen to me, so I suggest you come back to this post another day. Here’s what I want you to know: you’re amazing. This decision is not a reflection on your worth. This is quite simply a supply and demand problem. Last year we had 13 times more applications than spots in the freshman class. All colleges have institutional needs and we are looking for excellent students who also help us meet our goals. I know that you will go on to do wonderful work in college. Know that when you’re rocking it out on a college campus next year this present disappointment will be a distant memory.
Finally, I recommend all my readers download Baz Luhrmann’s “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” from iTunes this week. These lyrics help me in times of stress and help me re-center. I leave you with a few key quotes:
“Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as
effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing
“Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your
life…the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they
wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year
olds I know still don’t.”
The view outside OUA on 12.13.2010:
Check out more pictures of the recent snowfall on Flickr!