Tips for Sharing Your College Admissions Decision

on June 8, 2017

We’ve provided some tips for handling your college admissions decision with confidence and maturity no matter what you’re feeling.


Allow Time to Process


Before you talk to anyone, take an hour or more to absorb your admissions decisions. If you’ve been accepted to your first choice college, it’s wonderful. Celebrate your accomplishment by sharing the news with your family and allow yourself to grow excited about the next four years of college.


If you’re waitlisted from your top choice, remember: There’s still a chance that you could get in and there are actions you can take to increase your chance. On the other hand, it's important to be realistic and consider alternative options, identifying all of the positive traits about the colleges you were accepted to.


For students who receive rejection letters, know that you’ll find amazing opportunities and make great friends at any of the other colleges that accepted you.


Be Discreet


It is important to be respectful of your friends and peers, especially if they applied to the same colleges as you. If you received good news, don’t immediately immediately rush to social media to announce it. Although you should feel good about your accomplishment, it’s better to tell your friends in a conversation.


If you received bad news, discretion is important. Brace yourself for questions that might be uncomfortable to answer. Don’t bash a college or university just because things didn’t work out how you hoped, especially since others may be excited to be going there. You can respectfully decline to discuss in depth, but do congratulate others who were accepted. Remember, college admissions decisions are often random to some degree and decisions aren't made by anyone who actually knows you. 


Be Happy for Others


Whether you’re happy about your admissions decisions or not, remaining positive and being there for your friends in their excitement or disappointment benefits everyone. A year or so from now, those feelings will have faded — but friends who you supported could still be in your life, no matter where they went to college.

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