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Should I follow up on my application?....And Other Admissions FAQ

Posted by Sarah Scoville on Jan 18, 2018 10:41:00 AM

You've clicked submit and now prepare to wait until March 10 for admissions decisions to be released.  You may be one of the many students wondering, should I follow up on my application?  In this article, we'll tackle some of the most commonly asked questions admissions offices get after applications are submitted.

Should I follow up on my application?

Ensuring you application is complete and submitted is critical during the admissions process.  And, yes, you should follow up on your application to be certain that it is complete.  However, calling the admissions office every day to check on the status of your application is not the best idea.

At Salisbury, applications are submitted online via SSAT.org's "Standard Application Online" portal.  You can log in and check on the status of your application anytime you like.  If you do want to contact a school's admissions office to confirm that your file is complete, call or email your interviewer or the main admissions contact.  Remember, this is a busy time for admissions offices, so be patient, it may take them a few days to respond.

How do I follow up on my application?

Start online.  Most boarding schools use an online portal for their application process.  Here, you can often find a checklist where you will see what has been submitted and what may still be missing from your file.  Remember, it can take admissions offices several days to process all the pieces of your application, so be patient and give the admissions office some time to update their records.

If a school does not use an online application portal, give them a call or send an email to ensure that you application is complete.  Remember, don't call or email constantly, be patient.

What if I still need to interview?

Most boarding schools require an interview during the application process.  If you have applied to a school but have not interviewed, it is important to schedule the interview as soon as possible.  While an on-campus interview is preferred, many schools offer interviews via Skype, FaceTime, or over the phone.  Call or email the admissions office right away to schedule an interview.

What if my teachers have not submitted their recommendation letters?

If you are concerned that your teachers have not finished their recommendation letters, politely ask them if they have completed the forms.  They may have completed the recommendation letters, but the admissions office may not have processed the paperwork just yet.  Remember, it can take admissions offices up to two weeks to update their records and organize each applicant's file.  If the appropriate time period has passed, then you can follow up with the admission office to see if your recommendation letter was misplaced.

If your teacher has not yet completed or submitted the recommendation letter.  Politely remind them of the deadlines and offer to assist them in anyway.  If the recommendations are submitted online, offer to resend the link.  If the recommendations are to be mailed, providing your teacher with an addressed and stamped envelope is very helpful.

What do I do if I missed the application deadline?

Don't panic.  Many boarding schools accept applications on a rolling basis.  Contact the school's admissions office to see if they accept applications after the deadline.  If they are accepting applications, be sure to get yours completed as soon as possible.  The earlier you apply, the better!

When (and how) will I find out if I'm accepted?

Most boarding schools operate on a schedule for application deadlines and decision dates.  Most boarding schools will notify you of their decision on March 10.  Most often, schools will contact you via email to share their decision. 

Salisbury will be contacting all applicants via email on March 10 to notify them of the admissions decision.  At that time, accepted students will also receive information on revisit dates (Friday April 6 and Saturday April 7) and financial aid awards (if applicable).

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