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List of colleges that send likely letters

NeoEpistemeNeoEpisteme Registered User Posts: 469 Member
edited February 2012 in College Admissions
Does such a list already exist? I've been searching for a while and couldn't find one... I'm just curious to know which colleges have sent likely letters in the past. If anyone knows for sure that a college does send them, will you please write the name here.
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Replies to: List of colleges that send likely letters

  • fireflyscoutfireflyscout Registered User Posts: 5,428 Senior Member
    I don't think there's a list. Your best bet is to check the specific college forum for last year's postings. However just because a college sent likely letters our last year doesn't mean they will continue this year.
  • neethus1neethus1 Registered User Posts: 1,195 Senior Member
    Wellesley does it.
  • daniellamarie29daniellamarie29 Registered User Posts: 190 Junior Member
    There isn't a set list of who sends letters because it probably varies year by year.
  • T26E4T26E4 Registered User Posts: 24,274 Senior Member
    OP: CC denizens are inordinately fixated on "likely letters". The fact is that very few admittees get them. The fact is also that you'll likely be admitted by several schools that don't send them and perhaps a goodly few that do send them.

    Frankly don't worry about something that doesn't affect you. If you happen to be one of those diamonds whom schools are scrambling for: bingo. Congrats for you. If you happen to be human like the rest of us, then don't worry.

    But since you ask: the Ivies and some others use them since they collectively agree not to notify RD decisions until April. They want to start selling themselves to the few stellar applicants who may be facing heavy recruiting and scholarships from competing colleges. They want to dissuade these applicants from accepting another offer because they cannot yet officially deliver theirs. Basically, they are marketing tools. Make sense?
  • casey_of_heartscasey_of_hearts Registered User Posts: 93 Junior Member
    T26E4 nailed it on the head. However, MIT DOES send them, along with Wellesley and Barnard.
  • shravasshravas Registered User Posts: 2,056 Senior Member
    It says here though that MIT doesn't send likely letters - MIT Admissions | Blog Entry: "Likelihood" ? Or have they changed their policy or something?
  • ModulationModulation Registered User Posts: 1,877 Senior Member
    I know Duke and Dartmouth have sent them in the past.
  • goldenratiophigoldenratiophi Registered User Posts: 1,149 Senior Member
    MIT gave me a likely call, but it was QuestBridge related (I got it the same day I found out that I wasn't matched.)
  • blackeyedsusanblackeyedsusan Registered User Posts: 2,500 Senior Member
    My son got one from Cornell 2 years ago. It said:

    "Dear (name here),

    I'm writing to let you know how much the admissions selection committee enjoyed reading your application. Your academic and personal achievements are outstanding, and your future goals seem well suited to Cornell University. Although the Ivy League schools won't notify students of their admission decisions until early April, it may excite you to know that you are very likely to be admitted to Cornell."
  • sybbie719sybbie719 Super Moderator Posts: 20,889 Super Moderator
    Dartmouth sends out approximately 500 likely letters in waves, beginning February.

    Notes from Peabody: The UVA Application Process: The Likely Letter

    Yale Daily News - ?Likely letters? part of Yale?s admit strategy

    Top scholars, athletes get 'likely' letters from Office of Admission - Campus News

    The Harvard Crimson :: News :: Likely Letters on the Rise

    Amherst sends an Early Write letter
    Williams sends an Early Write letter

    from article:
    From article A wink and a nod

    Education & Jobs News, Elementary, College & Graduate Education Trends at WSJ.com - WSJ.com

    Dartmouth College "Likely" letter Sent before the Ivy League's agreed-upon mailing date for acceptance letters. Dartmouth says the letters are not a violation because they only hint at admission rather than grant it. "We do these letters to try to introduce some 'humanity' into the pressured admissions process," says dean of admissions and financial aid Karl Furstenberg.

    Grinnell College "Wink" letter Not much winking and more of a straight admission. Letter reads: "I am both pleased and excited to send you this early notification of your acceptance to Grinnell College."

    Clark University "Love" letter A note, often handwritten, saying "how much the admissions office enjoyed reading the application or that we appreciated the effort the student made to present a thoughtful essay," says dean of admissions Harold Wingood.

    Williams College "Early write" A committee meets every week for several weeks in January and February to "really look for the superstars," says Richard Nesbitt, director of admissions. The result: About 200 students every year receive an admittance letter two months before the rest of the pack.
    Colorado College "Early notification" School admits about 10% of all "regular" admissions candidates about three weeks early.

    Smith College Early scholarship notice "The fact that Smith thinks these students are special is conveyed to them," says director of admissions Audrey Smith. The message is reinforced with $2,500 a year in scholarship money and a paid position as a campus researcher.

    Mary Washington College "Honors" admission Sends "fancy, shmancy, suitable-for-framing" certificates that say "honors admission" to about one-third of admits, says Martin Wilder, vice president for enrollment.
  • casey_of_heartscasey_of_hearts Registered User Posts: 93 Junior Member
    Shravas--MIT definitely does. I knew a girl who last year received a Valentine from MIT, shaped like a pie with the Pi digits all over it. I saw it myself. (I know I already mentioned that in another post.)
  • neethus1neethus1 Registered User Posts: 1,195 Senior Member
    Lmao, aw, that's absolutely adorable. MIT is so creative! Honestly, the tubes just sound awesome.

    And yay, Barnard sends them?! I hope I get one.
  • kyledavid80kyledavid80 Registered User Posts: 8,093 Senior Member
    I know of: Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Dartmouth. HYS each send out around 100, and I think Dartmouth sends out about 400.

    Also, you need to distinguish between athletic and non-athletic likely letters, which are at different times of the admissions cycle, typically. The "coveted" ones (as it were, at least on CC) are those in the RD round.
  • b'smomb'smom Registered User Posts: 712 Member
    Bowdoin sent my son an early write two years ago.
  • collegebound_91collegebound_91 Registered User Posts: 451 Member
    I got one from UNC!!
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