The postmark/submission deadline for Early Action is tonight! How is everyone doing? Not too stressed out, I hope?
While you’re working on finishing the application, we’re working on filing the applications. Today, the Admissions Officers had a “mail opening party.” In reality, it wasn’t much of a party, but the title at least made the task of opening envelopes seem more fun. We are now receiving a deluge of mail each day, buckets upon buckets of pieces of your applications to be opened, sorted, and filed.
The process of receiving your applications takes time. First, for the pieces that come via snail mail, we have to open the envelopes, make sure that the different pieces are stapled together, make sure everything has your name and birthdate on it, etc. Then, each application piece has to be entered into the database and tracking system. Next, things are alphabetized, and then entered into the application folder. Only after your folder is complete do we run an admissions summary card and send your entire case to the admissions staff for review. At peak times, it can take a week or more to complete all of these steps. The mail is also slow, so please allow upwards of two weeks from the time an application piece is mailed to the time that it appears on your tracking system.
It is also important to note that we do not need to have your scores in our hands by the deadline. In fact, we will accept scores from this weekend’s SAT administration (Nov. 4) for Early Action. If you have taken October of November tests, don’t worry about not being able to list these scores on your Part 2. I assure you that we will receive these scores, and then will use your best scores. Also, please note that you should not rush scores to us. We will receive your scores in plenty of time to be considered for early action decisions if you send them to us via the normal method.
We will continue to accept pieces of your application even after the deadline. So, don’t worry if your teacher hasn’t yet sent their recommendation yet (though encourage them to do so as soon as possible!), or if your interviewer hasn’t yet met with you (though, again, do so as soon as possible). And, if you need to send us an update, we can also accept it after the deadline.
For those of you who have already submitted your application, how are you spending your deadline night? And, for those of you working to submit your application tonight, how is it going? I wish you all the best!