It’s March, so you know what that means? Bluebonnets! Spring break! And Regular Decision notifications!
Yes! Now that it’s March, colleges are getting ready to release their decisions for applicants of the Regular Decision period for the class of 2024. So now’s the time to become best friends with your postal carrier--or, you know, your email account.
To give you a better idea of when to expect that letter in the mail, here's a list of Ivy League and other noteworthy colleges and their Regular Decision notification dates:
Amherst College: March 20, 2020 (on or around)
Austin College: April 1, 2020 (mailed)
Barnard College: Late March 2020
Baylor University: April 10, 2020 (no later than)
Boston College: By April 1, 2020
Boston University: Late March 2020
Bowdoin College: Early April 2020
Brandeis University: April 1, 2020
Brown University: By End of March 2020
California Institute of Technology: Mid-March 2020
Carnegie Mellon University: April 15, 2020 (no later than)
Case Western University: March 20, 2020 (on or about)
Colgate University: Mid-March 2020
Columbia University: Late March 2020
Cornell University: Early April 2020
Dartmouth College: April 1, 2020 (on or before)
Duke University: April 1, 2020
Emerson College: Beginning of April 2020
Emory University: April 1, 2020 (no later than)
Fordham University: April 1, 2020
George Washington University: Late March 2020
Georgetown University: April 1, 2020
Grinnell College: Late March / Early April 2020
Hamilton College: March 19, 2020 at 8PM EST
Harvard University: Late-March 2020
Harvey Mudd College: April 1, 2020 (mailed)
Ithaca College: April 15, 2020
Johns Hopkins University: April 1, 2020 (no later than)
Kenyon College: Mid-March 2020 (mailed)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Mid-March 2020
Middlebury College: Late March 2020
New York University (NYU): April 1, 2020
Northwestern University: Late March 2020
Pomona College: April 1, 2020 (no later than)
Princeton University: March 26, 2020
Sarah Lawrence College: Late March through Early April 2020
Smith College: Late March 2020 (mailed)
Southern Methodist University: March 31, 2020
Stanford University: April 1, 2020
Swarthmore University: Late March 2020
Tufts University: April 1, 2020 (no later than)
University of Chicago: Late March 2020
University of Georgia: Mid-March 2020
University of Pennsylvania: April 1, 2020 (no later than)
University of Rochester: April 1, 2020 (no later than)
Vanderbilt University: Late March 2020
Washington University in St. Louis: March 20, 2020
Wellesley College: Late March 2020
Yale University: April 1, 2020 (no later than)
*Note: The Ivy League colleges usually release on the same day, and since Princeton University listed March 26th as its Regular Decision notification date, this date will probably be the same for other Ivies.
For RD, colleges have the option to accept, reject, or waitlist. In the first two cases, the choice is simple, but for waitlists, you may be wondering about the likelihood of ultimately getting accepted.
If you are waitlisted, you should take that as a sign that you most likely will not be accepted, even though you obviously caught the attention of the admissions officers. Unlike deferments, waitlists leave you only with the hope that another student declines the acceptance, and then, if you fit into the incoming class based on that applicant declining, you have a chance. In short, deferred students often find success from EA/ED to RD, but RD waitlists are not as likely to convert into acceptances. So if you’re waitlisted, now’s the time to start thinking about your actual choices.
If you do get news that you have been accepted from your RD application, then congratulations! For everyone else who has options to weigh, the middle of March and beginning of April will be a great time to come up with the best game plan for selecting a college. Remember: sometimes the best college is the most pragmatic choice, and that often involves getting the most for your money. (I’ll post more on your options as the letters/emails get sent out.)
And, of course, for everyone else who hasn’t applied, spring break is a great time to get ahead on studying for the SAT/ACT and managing GPA!
Didn’t get the RD notification result that you were looking for? Have no fear! B2A can help you determine your best options and help you move forward with choosing a college to attend in Fall 2020. Additionally, we can help other students prepare so that they can see the best results for their college applications. All of this is possible through our Spring Break Intensive programs and are regular services throughout the 20-Week Spring Session and upcoming 10-Week Summer Session! Check out our programs!