My application is incomplete; what should I do?

Today, we sent an email to students who submitted an application for fall admission and whose application remains incomplete. What does this mean? Students are required to send us a secondary school transcript with a secondary school report, a letter of recommendation as well as either SAT or ACT scores. An incomplete application means that one or more of these items has not been received.

Where can I check my application status? You can log into our application status website using the ID and PIN sent in the email today (it was also sent after your application was received.)

What if your transcript and secondary school report are missing? The first step is to find out from the school if it was sent and if so, when. It has been within a week, it is most likely still being processed in our office and connected with your application. If it has been more than two weeks, please contact our office to speak to the admissions counselor on duty. We can do research to learn if it has been sent to the Common Application. It may also need to be submitted again from the high school – the admissions counselor can help with the best direction for any next steps.

What if the SAT or ACT scores are missing? Verify that you requested that they were sent to UVM. The College Board code for UVM is 3920. UVM’s ACT code is 4322. There is no need to pay additional money to rush the scores to UVM. Remember that test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. If you recently took the SAT (early November), we have begun to receive the scores and should have them all by Nov. 25 (we load them into our computer system everyday so you will be able to see on the application status website when they are received.

We encourage you to act quickly to complete your application. Applications completed by December 6 will be reviewed and decisions should be ready on December 17. Decisions on applications completed after December 6 will be released on a rolling basis soon after December 17.

It is our priority to assist students and parents in taking the steps needed for us to receive all the information required in an application. Thank you for taking action to send the information. We are here to assist you!


Congratulations! You’re in!

The first admission letter….it is memorable for many students. It is the affirmation that I am the kind of student that a university wants in their student body. It provides relief after working hard to prepare a strong application. It is great news!

I’ve enjoyed seeing some of the Twitter posts from students who have received their first admission letter…and it has come from UVM. These posts include (you can follow me on Twitter @BethWiserUVM to see more as they come in):

“Accepted to my first school #UVM”, “I guess I am going to college #UVM #FirstAcceptance”, “Accepted to the UVM Class of 2018! #UVM”, and perhaps one of my favorites, “My little sister got into her first college! #proudbigsis #UVM”

At UVM, we have begun to review and make decisions on the more than 14,000 applications we have received for fall 2014 admission. Why are students beginning to hear a decision already? Each year, UVM identifies a group of students with whom we have had contact with prior to their senior year. These students could have done an early visit to UVM; they may have provided us some academic information through sending us the SAT or ACT scores from their junior year or through their PSAT – in any case we know some information about a student academically and we invite them to apply to UVM. And as we make admissions decisions (these decisions include admit, deter to the regular pool as well as deny), we roll out the notification rather than waiting for a single date. 

However, the majority of our admissions decisions, including the decisions on all Vermont applicants, are notified on a single date beginning December 17. Why do we notify Vermonters all at once? Given the number of students who apply from Vermont from any given high school, we feel that it is important for students to hear at the same time. Our school counseling colleagues support this decision and I feel that it is the best way for our Vermont applicants to learn about admission to UVM.

In upcoming posts, I will write more detail about how to check the application status, what happens to the application when it arrives in our office, and what we look for in an application. For today, I wanted to share these good news tweets to give the encouragement that this outcome is what we want for many of our applicants – we are always looking for ways to say yes! We look forward to reading the applications from the UVM Class of 2018! 

Applying to UVM – what’s the latest?

With November 1 passing this Friday, a deadline that a number of schools use for early action admission, the new coverage of the college application process saw an uptick. Whether it was the New York Times article on students submitting videos as part of their admissions application or more coverage on issues related to challenges that some students are experiencing with the Common Application, I imagine that students and parents are turning to all sources possible to help guide them through this process.

As a reminder, we did decide to extend our Early Action and spring admission deadline in order to provide students with additional time to work through any challenges that they may be experiencing using the Common Application. Our new deadline is November 11 (this deadline is an application submission deadline; students have until 11:59 in their own time zone on November 11 to press submit. We will be communicating this week via email to students who have started the Common Application but have not yet submitted their application. Often this communication helps students who believe that they submitted their application but did not complete the process learn well before the deadline that there are still additional steps they will need to take.

How can a student know that that UVM received his or her application? Here are some tips that students have found helpful:

1) Go to your Dashboard to confirm all parts of your application have been submitted. A green check mark next to each section indicates that all questions are answered.

2) In order to take advantage of the Early Action application fee waiver, be sure to select “UVM application fee waiver” for the question, “Do you intend to use one of these school-specific fee waivers?” This question is found in the set of general questions on the UVM questions in the Common Application.

3) Once you finish completing all sections of the Common App, the program does not continue with submitting the application but rather brings you back to the Home Screen that lists your Colleges. You then need to click on Submit the Common App for UVM, and then proceed to the end where it will take you to the Signature Page.

4) You will receive an email from The Common Application confirming the submission of your application. If you did not receive an email, we did not receive your application. If you do not get an email, please contact Common App.

5) Once UVM receives your Common Application, you should receive an email from our office within 48 hours confirming receipt and containing your unique log-in ID and PIN to help you track your application status.

With the extension of the Early Action and spring application deadline, I remind students that this is not a completion deadline, rather supporting information such as transcripts, test scores and letters of recommendation can arrive after the deadline. There is no specific deadline for the receipt of these. We tell students that they need to be submitted in time for us to process and review prior to our Early Action notification date of December 17.

In spite of the continuing issues with the Common Application, students are successfully submitting their applications. More than 9,000 students have sent us their application for Early Action. The issues that some students are encountering have to do with the submission being slow or the application “hanging” when they attempt to submit. Suggestions that have been shared have to to try another internet browser (Chrome for example) or try to submit at a time when there isn’t heavy usage of the Common Application. While this is inconvenient and should not matter, the reality is that with this new tool, more users are submitting applications around the same time, as well as school counselors submitting credentials and letters of recommendation.

We want to be sure that students can apply to UVM. If there are any questions, please feel free to be in touch with our staff who are ready to assist. We can’t wait to review your application!