Today is D-Day in College Admissions Decisions

Choosing a College
May 1 is here. Sometimes referred to as  National College Decision Day, other times as National Candidates Reply Date, or even National College Enrollment Deposit Day- this is the almost universal day for students to inform colleges of their intent to enroll. For high school seniors still undecided about which college to attend in the fall, the close of business today marks the end of their "guaranteed" admission status to the colleges that have accepted them. Seniors should inform one college of their plan to attend and should send in a deposit.

It is also good etiquette to inform the other colleges that accepted you that you will not be enrolling there. This allows those schools to move quickly to fill your slot.

For high school seniors who didn't get accepted to any colleges, or are not happy with their choices from the colleges that did accept them, all is not lost. Many colleges have late admissions or a year-round rolling admissions policy. Check with your guidance counselor or independent college counselor to find out which schools offer options that may be suitable for you.

Congratulations high school seniors! You are off to college in the fall and this is a time to celebrate. In the meantime, college admission departments will be busy looking at their numbers and working to round out the rest of your college freshman class. While they focus on their incoming class, those of us in the college counseling profession will be looking forward. We'll be gearing up to assist the next group of rising high school juniors and seniors with their college search and planning.

It's simply the circle of college admissions life...