If you have had disappointment(s) in the college application process, or have not yet applied, there are a few colleges still accepting applications for 2014. Probably one of the most challenging phases of the college admission process is the reality of a rejection. It’s a real fear that confronts many high school seniors.
Some students develop their college list based solely on schools they feel will offer admission. However, with four-year colleges, that’s not a guarantee, since they are not considered to be “open enrollment” institutions, unlike community colleges.
During my thirty-year career as a school counselor, I always included a discussion of coping with admission decisions during our fall senior group meetings. Perhaps it was due to my mental health background, but I felt my students needed to know, in advance, that help would be available, if desired, to cope with their emotional stress. They were welcomed to vent all they wanted in my office, as long as they didn’t break anything. A few got relief by cleaning my office; no complaints from me.
Sometimes stress can occur before a decision is received. Just listening to classmates talk about their acceptances can be stressful; especially, if you have not received a notification. Of course, I used to inform seniors that not all the chatter they heard was truthful; many times I overheard such conversations knowing the students had not been admitted. Many colleges will notify high schools of their decisions; therefore, I had reviewed information that was contradictory to what was being bragged about in the hallways.
To control the release of inaccurate information, many high schools require a copy of the acceptance letter before an announcement is shared among the school community. The same process is usually applied to scholarship awards.
Seniors who are rejected go through the grieving process differently, which is not a profound statement. Do we expect all family members to grieve a loss exactly the same? And yes, many students might experience the same phases that Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross outlined in her five stages of grief. For some seniors, the experience will be a developmental milestone. It will enable them to understand the necessity of coping skills, transition, embracing challenges, and persevering.
So back to the original intent of this article; all is not lost. You can visit the sites of College Board’s Big Future, Universal Common Application, and Common Application for options. Application deadlines after March 25th include 21 for UCA and 224 for Common Application. Do not procrastinate if a college has rolling admission because those spaces could be filled quickly. Also, do not hesitate to ask a college if applications can be submitted. Developing self-advocacy skills can be an asset at this stage of the process.
Thanks to Nancy Griesemer of College Explorations for sharing this list. Colleges continuing to accept applications in the Maryland/DC/Virginia area: St. John’s of Maryland, Stevenson University, Bridgewater College, Morgan State University, Notre Dame of Maryland, Virginia Union University, Coppin State University, Randolph College, Hood College, Bowie State University, Washington College, Gallaudet University, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Trinity Washington University, Christendom College, Eastern Mennonite University, Emory and Henry College, Hollins University, Shenandoah University, Marymount University, Mary Baldwin College, Lynchburg College, Longwood University, and Virginia Commonwealth University.
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