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Friday, January 17, 2014

Early Action Notification Update

It seems as though everyone has analyzed the calendar and realized that if notification was coming early, it would most likely come today or next Friday.

At the request (or maybe behest is a better word) of our colleagues on the high school side, we wait until after school is over to let the cat (or CavDog?) out of the bag. We're going to post Early Action decisions on your SIS accounts TONIGHT! Please keep reading!

The happiest CavDog image I could find!

1. You have to log into your SIS account to see the decision. Some time tonight, that "View Decision" link at the bottom of the dashboard that goes to a dead end right now will go to a decision letter. If you can't find your login info for the SIS, use the links on the login page to generate a new password. A welcome mailing with info about next steps will come later. Please do not open multiple windows, hammering the system. Students have slowed SIS down to a crawl in the past by doing it. Use one window.

2. I will post blog entries where you can talk about the different decisions. I will step away from the blog and social media this evening to give you time to chat. I'll be back to work through any questions that are asked in the comments tomorrow.  I trust you to be respectful of others in the comments. Feel free to flag a comment if you need me to step in. That notification will go to my phone.

3. Notification Day brings a lot of joy, but there are going to be some hurt feelings as well. While I want you to be happy and celebrate your successes, I hope you'll be gracious around classmates who might not get good news. If you don't get the good news, I hope you'll be happy about the options you DO have.

4. Please don't post personal information in the comments (contact info, statistics, etc.). This is not a private page. What's more, statistics like GPA and rank are subjective these days and don't represent the applicant accurately. GPAs are meaningless without the high school profile's explanation of the methodology used to calculate them.

5. I'll post one more time before the office closes today. Echols, Rodman, and College Science Scholars will be notified by email next week. Posts about deferral, Days on the Lawn (open houses for admitted students), an EA statistics will come next week. We are moving into Regular Decision reading now and we have to do this all over again. Please understand if my responses to questions are a little delayed.

Good luck to you all!