Accepting Your Offer

Once your application has been submitted and all of your supporting credentials are in order, you might think the most difficult part of the process is over. However, once you begin to receive offers of admission, some might say that the most difficult part of the process lies ahead.

If you have carefully researched the schools to which you are applying, it is likely that you have been left with a small group of schools, all of which offer many of the elements you hoped to find in the college of your choice. Now it is time to do the final analysis. Visit the campuses once again, attend programs for admitted students, talk to faculty, administrators, and most importantly, talk to students. Eat in the dining hall, visit a residence hall, imagine yourself studying in the library. Compare the financial aid packages the colleges have provided. And finally, determine which school "feels" right. Which campus can you see yourself moving into in September.

When you have made that decision, return all necessary forms with the required fees to that institution. Make sure that all documents are postmarked by the Candidate Reply Date of May 1.