Early Applications Submitted, Now What?

If you are a senior and you have submitted early college applications, congratulations! You have been juggling so much between remote learning in a global pandemic. You may be wondering what’s next…

I will try and keep this simple:

  1. You may be sent an email from your college(s) with information about an “applicant portal” with login information and even a Applicant ID. This is very important to open. Save the login information and refer to the portal on a regular basis. Additional requirements for your application may be posted there and this is likely where you will learn of your admissions decision
  2. You may be checking your status in the portal or on Common Application and not see a document such as a transcript, teacher or counselor recommendation. Don’t Panic! If you recently applied (within a week of the deadline) it is likely that the materials have been sent but there is often a lag in the time from submission on the college’s part to uploading it into their system. If it has been over a week and you still have this message, please contact me and I will look into it.

Colleges will also send out bulk emails reminding students to submit documents as a sweep of getting documents which have not been sent. This is sent to all applicants. So give it a week for the materials to be noted with the university.

  1. Send a thank you note to your teachers and counselor for doing their part to support you. Also, keep in touch with them and share your admissions news! 
  2. Continue to research or begin applications for additional schools on your list that have regular deadlines. There is a great temptation to relax after the November deadlines. However, in an effort to really enjoy the holidays between December and January, I encourage you to get those January applications completed before we leave for break.

Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Take care,

Ms Sabet