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Several top schools extended their application deadline

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Replies to: Several top schools extended their application deadline

  • JHSJHS Registered User Posts: 18,119 Senior Member
    It's a terrible habit for kids to think they don't have to meet deadlines. Of course they do. But it's not so terrible if the person for whose benefit the deadline exists -- the client, or the professor in your analogy -- to decide to modify it. People in this thread were suggesting it was somehow immoral for a client to extend a deadline once it has been set. It isn't.
  • maya54maya54 Registered User Posts: 1,878 Senior Member
    “What happens to these procrastinators when they go to college and their deadlines don’t get extended any more?”

    This sort of argument remind me of what happened when my brother in law was talking to his kids 7 Th grade teacher asking for her to extend the due date for his kids project because their electricity had gone out the weekend before it was due and the teacher had refused the kids request. ( if you are wondering how important a 7 Th grade project is understand that for Chicago selective enrollment schools 7 Th grade is make or break and top grades means the diffference of $100,000 vs an equivalent private HS).

    The teachers response was along the lines of “ deadlines are deadlines in the real world. You are an attorney and you just can’t get an extension because you electricity went out, right?”. He pulled out his phone and showed her the Motion for extension of time he filed because, yep, his electricity had gone out. And said “ would you like to see the order granting it? The real world doesn’t work the way you think it does.”


    In any event these admissions extensions are often for the benefit of the university to up their numbers.
  • jym626jym626 Registered User Posts: 56,561 Senior Member
    Just got another email from Roger WIlliams U (in RI) that it is extending its application deadline to March 1.
  • kelsmomkelsmom Registered User Posts: 15,315 Senior Member
    edited February 16
    Admissions is a tough business, and it is getting more difficult all the time. The number of traditional applications is a shrinking pool, everyone wants big financial aid, students apply to many schools & any schools realize a given applicant may very well turn down an offer of admission. It’s an art, not a science, trying to fill a class. Schools are going to do what they think they need to do to make sure they can fill a class with the best students possible.
  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 20,537 Senior Member
    I don't think this is a case of students who missed the deadline getting another chance. I think it is a hope by the colleges that someone who may not have considered applying to Oberlin or Chicago do so, or to pick up some of the EA or ED students who got bad news in late Dec or Jan to widen their circle of schools.

    Schools may have considered the state of the world when those Jan 15-31 apps were due - federal government was shut down, the northern states were in the polar vortex. Those might have been excuses, but if the number of apps were down, why not open up the window again?
  • CupCakeMuffinsCupCakeMuffins Registered User Posts: 731 Member
    edited February 17
    What’s new? Colleges play all sort of manipulative games to lower acceptance rate and improve yield rate. Chicago is an absolute masterpiece of this art. No surprises here.
  • coolweathercoolweather Registered User Posts: 5,834 Senior Member
    edited February 17
    Colleges should have deadline on December 15 or January 20 or January 31 but not on January 1 or January 5.
    It's a hassle to ask kids to deal with application materials while school admins and teachers are on vacation.
    Kids and families also need to have holidays.

    I prefer application period between February and May. There is no point to ask kids to submit transcript before January then resubmit mid-year transcript in January/February. Let the kids finish the first semester then worry about college application later.

    Colleges should stop artificial stresses on kids.
  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 20,537 Senior Member
    A kid doesn't HAVE to file on the deadline. If a deadline is Jan 1, the student can file on Dec 1 or Dec 15.
  • coolweathercoolweather Registered User Posts: 5,834 Senior Member
    ^ That only works with A type kids or kids with helicopter parents.
  • jym626jym626 Registered User Posts: 56,561 Senior Member
    Agree with @twoinanddone. Many MANY advantages to getting the applications in early, EARLY. The school sends the mid year reports at the request of the student. Thats no big deal, IMO.
  • SJ2727SJ2727 Registered User Posts: 1,022 Senior Member
    My serial procrastinator non-type A kid with non-helicopter parents still managed to get her apps in ahead of deadline seeing as she had months to do them in. As for admin being closed over school break, it’s easy enough to order transcripts etc in advance even if you do only end up submitting the actual application on the last day.
  • jym626jym626 Registered User Posts: 56,561 Senior Member
    That only works with A type kids or kids with helicopter parents.
    Can’t agree with that one. Many, many kids now understand the importance of getting their applications finished early, for many reasons.
  • bluebayoubluebayou Registered User Posts: 25,920 Senior Member
    Colleges should have deadline on December 15 or January 20 or January 31 but not on January 1 or January 5.....
    Colleges should stop artificial stresses on kids.

    That would in no way stop the artificial stress, it would just move it.
    Kids and families also need to have holidays.

    Each family has to make their own decision on what's important to them.


    fwiw: The University of California has had a November 30 app deadline for decades. Spending Thanksgiving weekend knocking out the apps is a right of passage for a CA senior. (Since they are online, the apps can even be completed from Grandma's house.)

    Give the kids a deadline and they adjust.
  • lastone03lastone03 Registered User Posts: 852 Member
    edited February 18
    I understand the schools are driving the process and can do whatever they want with regard to deadlines. But I don't agree with it. Kids bust their butts (along with HS GC's) to make sure everything is in by a 12/1 deadline and the school changes the date to Jan 15? It's bush league. There is no doubt that they had plenty of qualified applicants to choose from. It has nothing to do with the students and everything to do with appearances. Again, bush league.
  • coolweathercoolweather Registered User Posts: 5,834 Senior Member
    edited February 18
    Well, the UC app is very simple. No teacher recs, no mid-year reports,... Students only need to send test scores to one school and the scores will propagated to all schools. Only 2 essays and the counselors know when they should send grade reports.
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