Back in December of 2013, I posted information and perspective about our Early Decision (option 1) results. Because this Monday, December 15th, is the posting date for our ED1 decisions, I thought it might be good to revisit that blog entry (with some necessary updates).
Here it is:
What you might see
There are three possible decisions posted for our completed ED1 candidates. They are: Admitted, Denied, or Deferred.
If you are admitted, congratulations! Be sure to withdraw all applications from other institutions as our ED is a binding agreement. (Remember that affidavit you signed with your application?) That step is critical. Usually, it is sufficient to email the other colleges’ admissions offices indicating that you have been admitted to Trinity College as an Early Decision candidate and are withdrawing your application. And every office appreciates a simple, “Thank you for considering my application.” Just an FYI, if you want to keep the good karma flowing while you are basking in the ED Admit glow. Welcome to #TrinColl2019!
If you are denied, seeing that decision can be a tough hit. So let’s talk perspective: there is a strange release in receiving this information. You are not in limbo; you can fully commit to setting your sights elsewhere. Is it what you wanted to hear? No. If you are denied as an ED1 candidate it is likely that Trinity would not have been the right fit for you. It may feel like a value judgment, but we hope that disappointment can ebb enough to make room for that glimmer of hope that, perhaps, this decision will help guide you to your best college fit.
If you are deferred, you are entering what might feel like a murky gray area. You have now been added to the Regular Decision applicant pool. You are no longer held to the binding agreement of Early Decision. Your first order of business will be to finalize any outstanding applications elsewhere. It’s time to press that “submit” button to be sure other colleges and universities have your applications in place before their Regular Decision deadline. If Trinity remains your top choice, then stay hopeful and don’t hesitate to reach back to us! There are many reasons we defer an application: We may want to see one more set of grades to be sure your performance in the classroom continues to improve or shows consistency; we may feel the need to see what the Regular Decision candidates bring to the table before we commit too many class spaces and financial aid resources to too large a group; or there may be an unanswered question lingering in your application. Regardless of the reason, your best course of action is to let us know of your continued interest and to keep us updated with your academic performance, new honors, and leadership activities. It isn’t the answer you may have wished for, but there absolutely is hope for your application.
This process is not easy. It takes grit and determination. We are honored that you chose Trinity as your Early Decision choice and want to assure you that no decision was made without great thought, review, and respect for your application.