The decisions are live!

This is a common expression in our office after decisions are completed and are made available to applicants. This week, we sent out more than 11,300 decisions! Many of these decisions were admits, welcoming 9,600 students as admits to the Class of 2017. The students who are among the admitted ranks are academically talented – most have grades that place them in the top 30% of their graduating class and have average SAT’s of 1865. More importantly, this group of admitted students is accomplished – with volunteer work, Eagle Scout, thousands of hours of community service, world travelers, honors students, song writers, published novelists…some of the best in the country.

We were not able to offer admission to all our applicants. In some cases, the application decision is deferred. This means that applicants will be considered as part of the regular applicant pool and an application decision will be sent by mid-March. Students who are deferred are encouraged to send semester grades as well as any additional information that would be helpful in our review. UVM does not conduct interviews; deferred students are welcome to visit campus as part of their continued college search.

In other cases, we had to deny admission to students. Conversations that we have had with students in these cases are about how UVM can be possible in the future. Typically students who take college-level courses and earn at least a recommended 2.8 in a year of full-time coursework. Our Coordinator of Transfer Admissions, Gabe Rodriguez, is happy to help students plan their path to UVM. In addition, we have our Guaranteed Admission Program, allowing students to take UVM courses and earn a minimum of a 3.0 gap in order to be guaranteed admission to UVM.

We encourage all our our admitted students to join our Facebook community – a great way to begin to get to know other admitted UVM students. Admitted students should check their email for an invitation to fb.uvm.edu.

I know that this is a time of celebration as well as disappointment for students. As students checked their status last night, we watched as some of our students said yes – and paid their acceptance fee within minutes of viewing their admission! We celebrate the successes of all the students graduating from high school this year and I am glad that so many students have put UVM on their list. Can’t wait to see who else says yes.

8,500 done; 2,250 to go

In the next seven days, we will complete our early action review for the this fall! One of the best parts of our work at UVM is the opportunity to review and get a glimpse into the lives of outstanding high school students through their application for admission. The essays, letters of recommendations, resumes and lists of activities highlight the accomplishments, the challenges and the interests of students who will be heading to college in the fall. Sometimes funny, touching, disappointing, and mostly amazing, we are energized by the quality of the students applying to UVM.

What is our process as we finish up the early review? Once an application is complete, it is reviewed by one of our skilled admissions staff members. Applications that are clearly admissible with a strong curriculum, academic performance and extracurricular and personal record are approved for admission. Students who present a more borderline record receive a 2nd review by our experienced admissions staff members. Decisions focus on academic performance over three years of high school, course selection, grade trends, SAT/ACT test results (we consider all three parts of the SAT including writing or all sections of the ACT including the writing), the essay, the summary of extracurricular activities as well as personal qualities.

On Thursday, we will send our decision letters (yes we still send hard copy decision letters!) All decisions for students who have completed their applications will be available online at our application status website on Thursday as of 5 p.m. EST.

Why have some students already heard a decision? The University of Vermont invites a portion of out-of-state students to apply to UVM and we have promised to send out their admissions decision as their applications become complete. These tend to be strong students academically or students who have shown an early interest in UVM. Why don’t we do this with our Vermont students? Given the larger number of students that apply in each high school, we try to be fair to students to let students know all at once. This approach is very helpful to school counselors to anticipate when their students will hear a decision from UVM.

We will be working hard over this weekend and into next week preparing to finalize decisions to more than 11,000 students who have completed their early applications. We are excited to finish our work by Thursday!