Admit it, most students have received acceptance letters and are feeling the pressure of this year’s May 1st commitment deadline (it’s actually May 2nd since May 1st falls on a Sunday this year). Students succumbing to the pressures of making a hasty commitment can often be a mistake. Crisp Consulting + Coaching wants to offer a few words of wisdom before mailing college commitments.
Take a deep breath. First, relax because you endured the most challenging and selective college admission cycle in history. There are more students graduating from high school than a few years ago and each of these students is applying to multiple schools, so acceptance rates were low. Whether it is the Ivy League, a great liberal arts college or a national research university, celebrate your acceptances.
Take a second look. Revisit the reasons you applied to the colleges to which you were accepted. Examine the academic, financial and social fit of the schools. Then, if you are still torn between a handful of schools, visit. Many schools have designated visit days for accepted students. This gives you the opportunity to meet other accepted students and experience campus life.
Take a little time. Since you’ll be spending four years at the college of your choice, do not rush this decision. In fact, if after visiting you feel you need more time, call the admissions office and politely ask for an extension. This is almost always granted. It can be difficult to visit before May 1st, so taking a few extra days will allow you to make a thoughtful decision.
Your acceptances should be celebrated. Admission officers will appreciate your efforts in making a thoughtful decisions. Crisp Consulting + Coaching offers intentional college admission counseling that plans from admission to acceptance to ease the frenzy and stress expected in the college application cycle.
Brian D. Crisp is an college admission consultant with Crisp Consulting + Coaching who works with families in Asheville, Charleston, and Savannah to optimize and realize their unique educational fit and admission success. As a former professor, administrator, and teacher, Brian has the knowledge and skills to counsel families in all aspects of educational planning.