Are you an Early Action applicant? What’s next?

UVM has received nearly 12,000 applications for early action! Β In less than three weeks, we will release our decisions for this group. While our staff is focused on processing these applications and making decisions, I want to share all the information you’ll need in order to be ready for us to review your application:

  • Check your application status page regularly. We have an online application portal – no, it’s not fancy, but it does provide you with helpful information. You can log into the portal here using the credentials we sent after you applied (the login ID is a number that starts with 95 and the PIN is your birthdate in this format: MMDDYY.) When you log in, click on Admission Application Status and you will see a page that looks like this (with your name and address at the top):

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On this page, you will want to note your application status (complete, incomplete), residency (to confirm this is your correct understanding), the college/school and major to which you are applying, and if you have fulfilled the requirements to complete your application (if your application status is complete, then the items will all be listed as received). If your application status is still incomplete, then you will see which item(s) are missing.

  • If your application remains incomplete, there is still time to get the missing credentials to us before the Dec. 16 release date. If your transcript is missing, please be in touch with your school counseling office to send it to us. It can be sent electronically via the Common Application or Naviance, or through the mail. We are not able to accept faxed or emailed copies of a transcript. If your ACT or SAT scores are missing, we are aware that there continued to be some delays in those scores arriving. We continue to receive test scores from the testing agency (they have to be submitted this way in order to be official) several times a week, so missing scores will be added to the application as soon as they are received.
  • If your application is complete, please remember to send us your 1st quarter/trimester senior year grades. These help us in our early action decision making. These grade reports can come either through Naviance/Common Application, or they can be emailed or faxed to us (unlike full transcripts). Receiving these grades this week will allow us to include them in our decision making.

What happens to our applications once they become complete? They are checked for accuracy in grade point average/other academic information and then are sent to our team of readers to begin review. In the review process, we carefully review your academic record – grade point average, grades in the context of the school, rigor of courses taken, grade trends. We review letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, awards and honors, and citizenship/disciplinary record. We read the essay both for grammar/spelling as well as content. In this review process for early action, one of three actions will be taken – an application will be admitted, an application will be deferred (meaning the application remains under consideration but we will review it in the context of the larger pool), or an application will be denied, meaning that even with further consideration, the application is not competitive for first-year admission. Decisions for early action that were not sent on Nov. 11 will be available on December 16, beginning at 5 pm ET at the same portal described above. The decision (admit, defer, deny) will be listed on the Admission Application Status page.

Additional information to support the application can be sent in at any time during this process. Students/parents are encouraged to contact their admissions counselor (see the geographic listing here) or contact our admissions office at admissions@uvm.edu or by phone at 802-656-3370.

We look forward to reviewing your application!

 

#UVMsaidYES today! What does it mean if I didn’t hear a decision?

UVM Admissions sent positive news to the first round of our Early Action students. Starting about 4:30 pm today, social media lit up with excitement and relief….the relief that all the hard work pays off with the first college acceptance! We emailed out the news this afternoon; the admission letters went in the mail today (the picture below is the excitement we had loading the admission packets in the mail truck.)

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A number of students shared their excitement on Twitter as they heard the news. Some notable shares:

There are many more students that applied early action (and whose applications are complete) who are wondering what it means that they didn’t hear a decision today. The prioritization of those who learned a decision today was simply whose application finished the review process first (in other words, no prioritization on our part). As we receive credentials this time of year, they are processed in the order that we receive them until the Nov. 1 deadline, when credentials are received all at the same time. There is variability on when an application becomes complete because of the receipt of test scores. Some credentials need additional review because they have more complex educational history. Other applications remain under review because they are applying for competitive majors. Some applicants have told us that they are sending in 1st quarter grades and we want to wait for them. Many were complete and ready for review, but we simply didn’t finish the review process by today. In other words, those who have a decision today were simply the ones that were read first and they completed the review process by yesterday. The majority of our Early Action decisions, including all Vermont students, will be released on Dec. 16. The number of students who received a decision today, while exciting, represents only about 20% of our early action decisions.

I have been assuring students and parents to not read anything into not receiving a decision. We made the decision to release this group of decisions that were done, rather than holding them until Dec. 16. The majority of our decision making is focused on December 16 at which time all complete early action applicants will have a decision.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have – feel free to contact our staff.

We’ll be reading the remaining Early Action applications over the coming weeks. It is so exciting to see who has put UVM on their list of schools. What great potential the Class of 2020 is showing already!

There is still time to apply! November 1 application deadline

This weekend, many high school seniors have been celebrating Halloween, participating in sporting events, band competitions, Model UN, and applying to college. The extra hour due to daylight savings time is welcome for many parts of the United States. One more hour to get it all done!

On Friday, we mailed a message to our senior inquiries encouraging them to breathe! This is our reassurance that applications will be submitted, that we will receive the information we need to review an application, and we will be flexible on the things that are outside a student’s control (such as delays in sending ACT or SAT scores). Deadlines are created for two reasons…the first reason is for students and schools to have a common date to take action. Without deadlines, it is frequently human nature to put off action. The second reason is that we understand the timeline we need in admissions to process, receive supporting documents and review these applications in order to provide an answer back to students. For students applying as first-year students for early action, we pledge to have an answer for those who complete their application by mid-December (December 16 is our early action release date). For students applying for spring admission, we will release decisions on a rolling basis (about two weeks after an application is complete).

We have received nearly 12,000 applications to date with many more left to be submitted. Please know that if you planned to apply early action but for some reason were not able to submit your application today, please go ahead and submit your application and be in touch with our office.

What happens once your submit your application? We download applications from the Common Application daily. Within 48 hours of downloading the application, we will send an email to the student at the email supplied on the application. This email will contain a login ID (starts with 95) and a PIN. This will allow you to view the UVM application status portal here. This portal is the go-to place for tracking what has been received, the application status, the admissions decision, and when scholarships and financial aid are awarded, the scholarship notification and the financial aid documents received.

Our staff is here to help. Please contact our admissions counselors (contact information found here) and we will be sure to be back in touch with you. If I can assist in any way, feel free to contact me as well.

It is a great time to be at UVM and this is an exciting place to be. I look forward to meeting our potential candidates for the Class of 2020!