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Discovery Weekend

applicannotapplicannot Posts: 4,366Registered User Senior Member
Did anyone else receive this postcard from WashU today? It's a double-sided postcard that says:

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Watch your mail for an invitation to discover the opportunities at Washington University in St. Louis. 2009 DISCOVERY WEEKEND September 24-26.

Visit campus as a guest of the Association of Black Students, etc. etc.

Does this mean we are definitely going to be invited to Discovery Weekend? Also, do students who go to Discovery Weekend usually get accepted or are their odds about the same? I'm just excited to get to go, but you know, if they're going to spend money on me, maybe they'll accept me!
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Replies to: Discovery Weekend

  • nooobnooob Posts: 2,065Registered User Senior Member
    did the postcard say the trip was going to be paid for? or that you're just a guest.
  • applicannotapplicannot Posts: 4,366Registered User Senior Member
    It just said I was a guest. But the real invitations don't come out until August or the end of July, it seems like. That's what a search brought up. That's when people tend to find out. If they're not paying, I'm not going. I don't have $300 for applications themselves, much less a flight halfway across the country. But it's promising.
  • nooobnooob Posts: 2,065Registered User Senior Member
    i'm pretty sure WashU wouldn't pay to fly up a student who hasn't even been accepted yet. Tons of kids I know loved to talk about all the mail they get from WashU and go on thinking WashU is in love with them until they are rejected. And, in this economy, colleges can't afford to fly just anyone up to their campus to visit.
  • applicannotapplicannot Posts: 4,366Registered User Senior Member
    Actually, they do. Just do a forum search for Discovery Weekend. Not only do they fly some students out before those students are accepted, they fly students out before those students even apply. Not all students who get invited get paid for, though.
  • nooobnooob Posts: 2,065Registered User Senior Member
    Ah, I see. Discovery weekend now sounds a lot like multicultural weekend, and if it's anything near multicultural, i'm sure you'll have a ton of fun.
  • ST2ST2 Posts: 878Registered User Member
    Just because you are invited (paid or unpaid) does not mean you will be accepted.
  • applicannotapplicannot Posts: 4,366Registered User Senior Member
    I have read that minorities are more likely to get their trips paid. And, of course, there are no guarantees for acceptance. I was just curious.
  • newprov29newprov29 Posts: 162Registered User Junior Member
    Yeah there was one student on this forum last year who talked nonstop about getting flown up for free for Discovery Weekend... he got waitlisted. However, some students who were at scholarship weekend with me told me they were at Discovery Weekend, so they are a host of possibilities.

    I believe Discovery Weekend is a chance for WashU to recognize you for your achievements thus far, and to have you see the campus (which many times converts ppl to WashU lovers). You will still need just as good an application and senior grades as everyone else to be accepted. Its to get WashU on your application list that fall/winter because you are a good candidate thus far.
  • applicannotapplicannot Posts: 4,366Registered User Senior Member
    newprov29,

    Thanks for your input. That definitely make sense. I haven't submitted my pre-application, so I'm not even sure why I was chosen. I think I might have filled out one of those postcards a few months ago, though.
  • newprov29newprov29 Posts: 162Registered User Junior Member
    ok, well if its paid, I would definitely go. I was moderately excited about WashU before the first time I visited, and my visit confirmed all my positive thoughts about the school. Now im an incoming freshman this fall :) Oh, one thing if you are seriously considering WashU, SHOW INTEREST. It seems to send some applicants over the edge to an acceptance. So I would go if you can.
  • applicannotapplicannot Posts: 4,366Registered User Senior Member
    I can't afford to go unless the trip is paid, so my application will just have to take a hit if I'm not invited. I am going to try to schedule an off-campus interview, but I'm not sure if they're available.
  • newprov29newprov29 Posts: 162Registered User Junior Member
    ok, well if you ever have any questions, call or email yourself (not your mom and dad) and I think they mark that as interest.
  • bebegrl976bebegrl976 Posts: 142Registered User Junior Member
    I didn't get my discovery weekend trip paid for, so I couldn't afford to attend and it wasn't a hit on my "showing interest." After I was accepted, they paid for me to fly out to both Celebrations Weekend and Olin Spotlight weekend. I fell in love with the campus and now I'm a rising sophomore. :)
  • applicannotapplicannot Posts: 4,366Registered User Senior Member
    I think that there's a Diversity Weekend sometime, too.
  • newprov29newprov29 Posts: 162Registered User Junior Member
    sorry I dont know if that was unclear... I dint mean that not showing interest means you wont get in, but I have been told by an admissions person before that it is sometimes a deciding factor when choosing you or the other kid that is very similar to you.
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