My daughter applied to about a dozen schools. As of this writing, March 31, we've received the admissions decision from all but one. I'll call that one "School X." We've had some decisions in hand for months, others for weeks. The last couple, except for School X, arrived this week.
Yet School X, like just about all the others, wants her to make her decision and enroll by May 1. That's not enough time. Here's why:
She applied to schools all over the country. We visited several of them but we could not visit all of them. Now that we know where she's been accepted, we *can* visit the top two or three on her list to help her decide.
She's already processing her decision about which school she wants to attend. She's already gotten over the disappointment of a couple of rejections. She's already crossed a couple of the "safety" type schools off of here list. Her mind is now occupied with mullling her top two or three choices.
We're already making travel plans. There are only so many travel days available to us in April. If we want to take advantage of the reduced prices for 14 day advance airline tickets then the opportunities for travel are even less.
Since we haven't heard from School X, it is just not in the mix. She's not thinking seriously about it. We have no travel plans to visit.
It's too bad too. School X was one of her favorites at the start of the college search and application process. But because they're the last to announce, the way things look right now, she won't go there.
Of course, she didn't *have* to apply to schools all over the country, or to that many schools. So sure, some of the problem is her (our) own doing. But she did all the right things. She thought about what she wanted in a school. She sought out the schools that had those things. She wrote all of her essays and submitted all of her applications on time, some of them weeks early.
Does anyone else have similar problems? Is one month really enough time to make this decision? Should the application/admissions decision/enrollment decision time table be adjusted so that the kids have a more reasonable time period in which to make their final decisions? What should that time period be? Six weeks? Eight? What deadlines should move? The application deadline? The school's announcement date? The kids' enrollment date?