You’ve learned your decision – what does it mean?

March 11 was an exciting day for us – we completed the review of all the applications in our applicant pool. More than 22,000 students applied for admission this fall, and we are very excited about the students we selected to be part of the Class of 2020. We also know that we could not say yes to all students who wanted to enroll at UVM in the fall…I hope the information about each of the decisions below will help guide students through the rest of the process.

Admit – Yay! We selected a fabulous group of students to join the Class of 2020. The first-year class is targeted to be roughly 2,300 students. From nearly every state and with interests spread across 100 majors, the students admitted will join the UVM community in the fall. What’s next for you? Notifications about scholarships and scholarships were sent last week and are available online at our application status portal. We still have six admitted student visit days remaining, as well as other visit options. Students have until May 1 to make a decision (confirmed by paying the $495 acceptance fee). We selected this group of students who presented the most competitive applications and create the community we are looking for at UVM….and we want you to SAY YES!

Wait List –ย Wait list is probably the most challenging decision we need to make in the admissions process. As an applicant, you want an answer. But wait list is a maybe answer.

Why do we need a wait list? Because the university’s priority is to ensure we have a full class and full residence halls – but we can’t have too many! Imagine what it would be like if we oversubscribed and we didn’t have enough residence hall rooms for students. Airlines can place you on the next flight – the next flight at a university leaves four months later (meaning the next semester). So we use wait lists to fill any short falls in particular academic programs or residence halls. Our models and predictions are very good, but they are never perfect.

We encourage students who continue to be interested in UVM to accept the wait list (you can go online at the application status portal to accept a place on the wait list). In late April, we will begin to review our confirmations from admitted students, and make a decision about if we need to offer admission to our wait list students. Those decisions come any time from late-April to mid-May. How many students do we choose from the wait list? It has varied in recent years – in some years, we have selected several hundred…last year, we did not use the wait list because we full but we offered spring semester admission to selected students from the wait list.

Deny – It is always a difficult decision to say no to an applicant. When we do, we do so with the caveat that there are several paths to earning a UVM degree in the future. We ask students who want to attend UVM in the future to strengthen their academic record and apply as a transfer student. Transfer students who have completed a year of academic work (typically 25-30 credit hours) and have earned at least a 2.8 gpa or higher should reapply as a transfer student for fall 2017.

Our staff is available to answer questions about what’s next, about admissions decisions. Please be in touch with our office as you take your next step.

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

UVM has received nearly 12,000 applications for early action! ย 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!

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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:

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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, weโ€™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? Itโ€™s the largest weโ€™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 studentโ€™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 โ€“ it is in a studentโ€™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 โ€“ 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 โ€œ95โ€ โ€“ a number that will be helpful to a student throughout the admissions and enrollment process at UVM. The PIN is a studentโ€™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 studentโ€™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.