Make Final Decisions

Waiting for notice of college acceptance can be agonizing. Admissions materials and financial aid applications list the date by which decisions will be made. Don't expect to be notified much sooner. Many schools mail notifications to applicants by April 1, and most require acceptance by May 1.

Once admissions notices are received, the decision-making begins. Make your decision carefully and thoughtfully, and accept an offer that feels right. If that dream college doesn't extend an offer, remind yourself that it isn't the end of the world. A college education, regardless of the school where you earn it, is a valuable investment in your future.

Be sure you keep the lines of communication open with all of the schools extending offers. Once you make a final decision, let all who have extended offers know of the decision.