Have most people heard back about whether or not they were accepted to the Discovery Weekend? I sent my app off on the 19th so it was before the deadline. Hm, they said they would send decisions on or before the 28th right?
Man, I hear that for the liberal arts colleges they really increase your odds of acceptence. I hope they just glance through the transcript and focus on the standardized scores and the awards thing. Man, I really hope I was accepted because I think I might do Swarthmore ED, but I would like to see it first, you know?
Yeah, I hear you. I think at Amherst they say they accept 70% of those who get accepted into the open house weekends so it must be roughly the same for Swarthmore. I haven't gotten an official letter in the mail or anything, but Suzi Nam emailed me today saying I was accepted. So check your email if you haven't already! G'luck!
I got in! I'm so excited...i was emailed my acceptance letter, but that's all so far. It reads:
Subject: Discovery Weekend at Swarthmore College
September 28, 2005
I am delighted to invite you to Swarthmore’s Discovery Weekend!
Your application to Discovery Weekend, including your academic performance in high school and your interest in Swarthmore, made you stand out among an impressive group of students.
Swarthmore’s Discovery Weekend will afford you the opportunity to discover many aspects of the College – academics, student life, extracurricular activities, and social life – through panels, informal discussions, and social activities with Swarthmore students, faculty and administrators.
BLAH BLAH BLAH (a bunch of details)
I and the rest of the Swarthmore admissions staff wish to welcome you to Swarthmore’s Discovery Weekend. We all look forward to meeting you!
Associate Dean of Admissions
Director of Multicultural Recruitment
P.S. Your official Discovery Weekend acceptance letter is in the mail.
No, no. You guys didn't fully understand. I don't think I said Amherst was my for sure ED. I think Swarthmore and Amherst are my top two decision schools but I was hoping that Discovery Weekend would allow me to fully decide whether or not Swarthmore was #1. I am still doing EA to Chicago. And yes, I was accepted to all those schools last year. I did commit to Penn, but I am not bound to go there. I deferred admission at the University. Schools I am applying to this year are notified about my application records, however, my top schools will be notified that if offered admission there, I will immediately matriculate, and pull out from Penn. This option is known to Penn as well.
You can always e-mail Suzy Nam to find out your Discovery Weekend status.
I think that you must surely understand why colleges may not want to pay to fly you around the country since you already have an enrollment slot in hand elsewhere. It's one thing to fly someone around with multiple acceptances when the school feels like they have a fair shot. But, to be looking for more acceptances to play off against Penn might not sit right.
At the very least, I think you will probably need to be prepared to explain why you have changed your mind about colleges since last year.
I think the school that you need to be most concerned about is Penn.
It was my impression that Chicago is your first choice school. Why would you apply ED elsewhere?
Also, it was my understanding that you are worried about your chances for admission because of GPA that plummeted during your junior year. The best way for you to prove yourself now is to get straight As (or close to it) during your first semester senior year. Colleges don't see first semester grades in the early applications round. I think the best strategy for you would be to raise your GPA, and then apply RD. In the worst case scenario you'll end up at Penn. It's not a bad outcome either.
Ok, ok. Yes, Chicago is my first choice school, but I'm one of those people who others hate and who just want to get into a school early. I like Chicago the best but also really enjoy Swarthmore and Amherst. Any of those schools would be awesome for me. Secondly, I don't really like Penn. But, I like it more than the other schools I was accepted into last year-which is why I chose it. It just doesn't fit me the way I thought it would. At the freshman weekend I felt a little not right. Third, Swarthmore didn't know that I was accepted to Penn last year. No school will have that information unless I provide it. Which I am going to address in supplementary essays to my top choice schools.
As of now, I'm just hoping I was admitted to discovery weekend, or at least am informed of my rejection if that may be the case =/ Thanks for your support everyone.