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@NoSleepNoLife - NO, you do not have to attend a college if admitted off of the waitlist. However, some colleges do not want to mess around waiting for waitlisted students to decide if they plan to enroll. So an applicant may get a phone call that says, "We may be able to offer you a spot in the freshman class but you will have 24 hours to accept it" or more like, "If you are offered a spot, do you plan to take it?"
So if you are on a waitlist, you may feel some pressure to make a decision quickly if you are offered a place, and thus you should try to have your answer ready. Of course, you may also need to know if you will receive any financial aid before you decide. So don't hesitate to ask about that if you get a call ... or any sort of acceptance notification ... before you commit.
And any student who knows that he or she will attend a waitlist college FOR SURE if admitted should let the college know this. It can make a real difference if the college needs to admit students from the list.
@AreWeThereYetttt -I don't see a problem here. If the college does contact you to explain your drop in grades, be prepared to provide details about your out-of-school endeavors and you ought to be fine. But I strongly doubt that you will be contacted.
@ghutret234 -You are more likely to get a reply if your information isn't anonymous, and if you don't provide your name, you won't be able to explain your downturn in grades in the context of your illness during two key exams. But you can try the anonymous approach if you want ... I just don't recommend it. Remember, the college folks WILL see your test scores so there's no point in being an ostrich. It's not as if you'd be calling attention to information that they might otherwise overlook.
@TheParentLurker--We did the BB&B thing ... i.e., local order then Metairie pickup (about 15 minutes from campus). Lots of families raved about the ease and efficiency of this system. But I wasn't a big fan. We ended up buying other stuff (school supplies, toiletries) in Target (which is next door to BB &B) and also in Wal-Mart. So, with hindsight, I would have skipped BB&B entirely and just done ALL of the shopping at Target or Wal-Mart once we arrived in New Orleans. We had to wait in a long line at BB&B to get our order. Other folks have said that their BB&B pick-up was speedy and seamless, but ours wasn't, even though we got to NOLA early for my son's "Explore" program.
I had worried that the Target and Wal-Mart shelves would be raided of school supplies and dorm supplies (notebooks,folders, lamps, storage bins, bedding, etc.) by the time we got there, but the places seemed OVERstocked with student "necessities."
And for kids who are arriving on campus solo, Tulane runs shuttles to the malls, and (free) Amazon Prime is also a good way to get gear delivered right to the campus post office.
My other piece of advice is to be conservative when you order or buy in the summer. Shopping for themselves is easy for the students due to Tulane shuttles and Uber plus Amazon (etc.). So kids can gradually add what they truly need and even pick up budget-friendly used items on campus.