It is exciting to see the Twitter feed light up with the excitement of a number of our students who are beginning to hear their admissions decisions. Some of my favorites:
What is the timetable for our staff making our decisions? We began our review process in mid-October and the first student was offer admission on October 16, (congratulations to this student from Central Bucks East in PA!) As applications become complete, the review process commences. There is no specific order in which applications are reviewed; as they become complete, then they become available for review. The students who have been invited to apply as a VIP candidate are hearing a decision on a rolling basis. In fact, we’ve already sent out nearly 3,700 offers of admission. Most students will hear a decision on the December 16 notification date.
What does the early applicant pool look like? It’s the largest we’ve seen in the history of UVM! More than 14,000 students had applied by our November 1 application deadline. We also are seeing that the applicant quality is strong; while the admission criteria are similar between the seven UVM colleges/schools, admission to engineering, business and most of the health sciences majors (nursing, athletic training, exercise and movement science) appears that it will be more competitive this year.
When we review an application, what are we looking for? First and foremost, we are looking for a competitive academic record. For us, this means strong performance in the five academic solids (English, math, science, social science and foreign language) each year of high school. The most competitive applicants have demonstrated their readiness for the university curriculum by challenging themselves with a minimum of four (and often more) honors/AP/IB courses. Competitive applicants also earn grades that put them among the top third to the top quarter of their graduating class. We also consider a student’s scores on standardized tests (SAT or ACT). Is the score within our middle 50%? As a reminder, we do super score the SAT and ACT – it is in a student’s best interest to send all occurrences of the test scores directly from the testing agency. Finally, we are interested in how students will contribute in positive ways to the UVM community – we are looking for answers to this through extracurricular activities, the essay and through letters of recommendation.
Students are reminded to check their application status at our application status website. The login credentials to this handy link were emailed to the student at the email address on their application for admission soon after the application arrived in our office. The ID number is one that begins with “95” – a number that will be helpful to a student throughout the admissions and enrollment process at UVM. The PIN is a student’s date of birth. This website is also the place that we will announce the awarding of merit scholarships, need-based financial aid, and any transfer credit a student might earn (blog posts at a later time about these topics).
Is there a deadline for us to receive the supporting credentials? There is no specific deadline; however, the sooner a student sends the credentials, the sooner we will be able to review the competed application and make a decision. When we receive updated information such as test scores, we will include that with a student’s application and the information will be incorporated even if the review process has begun.
How will a student know that s/he is admitted? First we do send a congratulatory email. Secondly, as soon as the decision is live, then it can be viewed on the application status website. Finally, we do send a letter of admission in the mail. I get questions about if a scholarship notification will accompany this letter of admission. It does not; scholarship notifications will be sent by mail at a later time and will also be available on the application status website.
It has been a real pleasure to begin to uncover the talents of those students who have put UVM on their college list and who are hoping to call UVM home for the next four years.