So at least every week from the months of February to May, I forced my mom to drive me to the post office in hopes that my admissions decision was in the mail. I had learned that good things came in the big envelopes and bad things came in the regular small envelopes. Fortunately, all my admission letters came in the big envelopes and it was the best feeling for me and my mom. The one letter that stuck out to me was my admissions letter from Texas Christian University.
It stuck out to me because when I applied I had a 4.0 GPA but an ACT score of a 18 and a 21. I thought I had no chance of getting in because at the time TCU’s “average student upon admission” had GPA’s of 4.5’s (or some ridiculous number) and an ACT score above a 29. I told my mom I had no chance but I wanted to try and of course she got mad at me because she paid the $40 application fee.
Anyway, when I got my letter, it came in a envelope sleeve thing with my acceptance letter, and more letters telling me how much the enrollment and housing deposits were, as well as, more mumbo jumbo about how great their school was with thousands of different flyers that I didn’t even read once I say the deposit amounts I HAD to pay.
That brings us to the purpose of this posts, admissions letters to me (I can’t tell you about other schools but I’m pretty sure this is how they come…) come in big and small envelopes. Big envelopes mean you’ve been accepted and that they sent you a bunch of pamphlets (you probably won’t read), and the deposits you need to make. Small envelopes mean you’ve been rejected and that they sent you some type of letter saying how great you were but they still didn’t want you based on xyz.
It’s important to read any of these letters thoroughly because if accepted you’ll need to figure out how much the enrollment and housing deposits are. These can be a deal breaker (like my case with TCU), some of the big universities (especially private schools) want some ridiculous amount of money like $1,500 just to claim your spot in your program and $2,000 just to ensure you have housing. Smaller schools are definitely more affordable when it comes to both of these, I think for FLC I paid an enrollment deposit of $150 and a housing deposit of $150. (Don’t quote me on that because I don’t remember). Next thing to look for is the deadlines for these deposits, yes, there are more deadlines YOU NEED TO CHECK FOR. These are important because schools aren’t flexible with this, take it from me, I missed NAU’s housing deposit deadline and I was screwed for on-campus housing!
So please, when you receive your acceptance letters check for these!
On the flip side, if you were rejected from the school(s) you applied for, it’s totally fine. Make sure that you read your letter entirely as much as you don’t want to because you’re probably feeling pretty salty about it (tbh, I’ve been this way with scholarship letters, once I saw the I regret to inform you sentence, I ripped my letters and threw them away). But it’s a good thing to read through because they’ll tell you why they didn’t accept you. Sometimes you may be put on a different type of admissions (I forget what it’s called) but if some students don’t go there, they’ll take you (kind of like a last resort kind of thing, but if you want it, it’ll be worth the wait).
So all-in-all please read the letters you receive no matter what the decision may be!