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Reliability of Likely Letters

sherpasherpa Registered User Posts: 4,046 Senior Member
edited October 2010 in Athletic Recruits
As Ivy League recruited athletes narrow their choices in the summer and early fall, the question of the reliability of athletic likely letters naturally comes up. My son went the likely letter route last year and everything went exactly as advertised. He applied in September, had an official visit in mid-October, and had a LL in hand before the end of October. This college does not offer ED, so he had to wait until April 1 for the actual acceptance. He treated his LL as an early acceptance and made no other applications except to our state flagship as an ultra-safety (at my insistance).

From his experience as well as talking to other athletes and parents in his sport, and from what I've read on CC and from PMs from helpful CC members, I am convinced that likely letters are absolutely reliable so long as the applicant doesn't do anything that would cause a rescission of a regular acceptance (precipitous drop in grades, academic dishonesty, criminal activity, etc.)

For the benefit of the kids and their parents struggling with the process this year, can any of you confirm or counter my observations?
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Replies to: Reliability of Likely Letters

  • riverrunnerriverrunner Registered User Posts: 2,715 Senior Member
    Concur. EA admit after LL in October of 2007.

    Thanks for putting this up, sherpa. There are always rumors about this topic, and I'd love to see them laid to rest.
  • ImCrazyImCrazy Registered User Posts: 99 Junior Member
    Yea...I mean you have to reeeally screw up for the likely not to hold up. But then again it's the same with an actualy acceptance. IF you screw up reeeally bad it could be rescinded. If you didn't get in with a likely, it's more like a rescinded acceptace than a rejection.
  • Runners2Runners2 Registered User Posts: 308 Junior Member
    We've never heard of a problem with a likely letter either. At S's school several kids were admitted to Ivy's each year as recruited athletes and I never heard of a likely letter being revoked. (Did know of one Stanford recruit having to explain his senioritis, but that's another story and all worked out in the end).
  • monstor344monstor344 Registered User Posts: 2,502 Senior Member
    From what I've heard a likely letter is essentially an early acceptance letter.
  • 3xboys3xboys Registered User Posts: 319 Member
    My S's recruitment via likely letter was as described above: recruited all junior year, invited on Official Visits after July 1, likely letter in hand via fax/email before the November 1 EA/ED deadlines, changed his RD application to ED when we got the likely letter and his official acceptance letter came in December...
  • thelongroadthelongroad Registered User Posts: 181 Junior Member
    Never heard of a true Likely Letter not being followed by an acceptance. Only issues I've heard have been when others have assumed they received a "Likely letter", when it was in fact something else. To clarify, a true Likely Letter from an Ivy will come from the admissions office, not a coach or member of the athletic staff. I have never heard of one being issued until admissions has received a full application and scores, sometimes with essays, sometimes without. From my personal experience with two Ivies and likelies were not sent until after official visits and applications had been completed.
  • beawinnerbeawinner Registered User Posts: 272 Junior Member
    Does anyone have experience with a likely letter/approved application taking place prior to senior year? In my daughter's sport rumors abound, and I recently heard that an athlete was fully accepted during her junior year for admission one year hence. She's now attending said university.
  • ImCrazyImCrazy Registered User Posts: 99 Junior Member
    I guess it's possible if she took her SAT really early and got a good score, but even at that I think they'd want to atleast see her whole jr. year transcript.
  • 2924SW2924SW Registered User Posts: 74 Junior Member
    My D just got her LL. She had her ED app in in September, and was told they could not issue LL until after October 1 of senior year. Maybe because it is an Ivy? i don't know.
  • sherpasherpa Registered User Posts: 4,046 Senior Member
    My D just got her LL. She had her ED app in in September, and was told they could not issue LL until after October 1 of senior year. Maybe because it is an Ivy? i don't know.
    Yes. From the "Joint Statement for Candidates on Common Ivy Group Admission Procedure"
    http://www.princeton.edu/admission/pdfs/0708_ivy.pdf
    Within each institution’s overall admissions process, from October 1 through March 15 an admissions office may issue probabilistic communications, in writing, to applicants who are recruited student athletes.
    Congratulations to your daughter.
  • keylymekeylyme Registered User Posts: 2,825 Senior Member
    As you can see from the following article (dated July 26, 2009, the summer before this particular recruit's senior year), you can commit to the school before senior year. Although, the player has not signed yet (I think signing is in November for basketball, Ivy or not), he is "in" as have been all Ivy recruits from the school mentioned. This school always has plenty of Ivy bball players and they are all announced early and they all always end up signing.
    The Harvard Crimson :: Sports :: Prep Star Brown to Play for Amaker's Crimson in 2010
  • OldbatesieDocOldbatesieDoc Registered User Posts: 1,908 Senior Member
    Can someone help me here-do D3 schools do "likely letters"
  • ChargerFansChargerFans Registered User Posts: 125 Junior Member
    No. Only Ivy leagues do likely letters. D3 schools go through the regular admission process with input from the coaches on who they want.
  • OldbatesieDocOldbatesieDoc Registered User Posts: 1,908 Senior Member
    Thanks Charger. We are new to all this.
  • FauxNomFauxNom Registered User Posts: 1,220 Senior Member
    OldDoc - Although there are not likely letters, at least some of the NESCAC colleges seem to be pretty good at giving ED applicants strong assurances of admission. There's a giant google-docs spreadsheet that tracks womens' soccer recruits, and I just saw a Williams recruit's "verbal commitment" listed there. I was surprised that anyone would go on record in that way before ED results came out, so it must be a fairly sure thing.
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