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Intent to Enroll

DaegalusDaegalus Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
edited April 2010 in College Admissions
I wanted to ask if I accept an admission and sent the Intent to Enroll, can I back out of it later if I get admission from a different school that I prefer to go to?

Right now I have a few acceptances from 2 UCs that have a June 1st deadline for their Intent to Enroll, but I just got a SJSU acceptance that has a Deadline of May 1st. This puts me in a pickle because I am still waiting on decisions from Berkley and UCSD, with Berkley saying their announcements are on April 30th. This doesn't give me much time to decide. I like to keep my options open just incase, but with SJSU's deadline, I will have to decide in less than a day.

I couldn't find any information on the Intent policies on the SJSU next step site, or in any of the FAQs. Any information could be helpful.

These are for a Transfer admission if that makes any difference.
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Replies to: Intent to Enroll

  • emla323emla323 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    I have the same question! Is it a binding agreement?
  • collegehappycollegehappy Registered User Posts: 712 Member
    No, it isn't. You should just lose your deposit. This happens to many individuals who get of the waitlist at other schools and colleges understand this.
  • Kelly92Kelly92 Registered User Posts: 236 Junior Member
    Yes, however you must state in writing that you will not attend the school and mail it to them.
  • DaegalusDaegalus Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    So I just wanted to clarify and make sure.

    If I submit intent to enroll to SJSU and say UCSC, then later receive acceptance to UCB, I can write letters to SJSU and UCSC changing my decision and declining my acceptance so I can take the UCB one?

    I want to make sure because I've heard that Colleges check where you submit Intents to Enroll, and if you submit it elsewhere they rescind their acceptances.

    I don't want to make a mistake that I will regret later.

    I am also waiting on results from Santa Clara University and Stanford (probably not happening but still) and since I can't find a lick of info where I can check my acceptance status or even when they are announcing results for transfer students, I got those to juggle too.
  • DaegalusDaegalus Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Bump, would really like to know more about this. Would help me out greatly.
  • Mom103Mom103 Registered User Posts: 103 Junior Member
    Technically you are only supposed to submit your intention to enroll (and deposit) to one school. There are many threads on CC regarding double depositing. Many people do it though. If you submit your intent to one school and then accept elsewhere, just write a letter to the first school and withdraw your intent to enroll. You will lose your deposit, typically, if you withdraw after May 1st.

    Submitting your housing contract may be a little trickier. My D's college housing contract states that it is a legally binding agreement. If we withdraw this after June 1st, she "could be held responsible for the full amount of the housing contract" for the 2010-1011 school year. It actually says that signing the housing contract commits her to paying for housing for the school year, and they use the words "legally binding." I don't know if that's true, but that's what it says.

    Hope that helped a little.
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