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Fat Envelope?

bebooksbebooks Registered User Posts: 42 Junior Member
edited November 2007 in Parents Forum
My son just applied early decision to St. Olaf. He's the oldest child, so all of this is new for us. Is it really true that different mailings are sent whether they are accepted (fat envelope) or denied (skinny envelope)? Is the "fat envelope" expectation true? I'm curious about what is myth and what is reality.
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Replies to: Fat Envelope?

  • cathymeecathymee Registered User Posts: 2,384 Senior Member
    No,sometimes the accept answers come in skinny envelopes too! Answers also come online many times .
  • bebooksbebooks Registered User Posts: 42 Junior Member
    Thanks for the quick reply! We will just hang in there until Dec. 15.
  • coureurcoureur Registered User Posts: 11,386 Senior Member
    A rejection will never come in a fat envelope, but an acceptance *might* come in a skiiny or fat envelope. And as cathymee says, a lot of it is on-line these days.
  • corrangedcorranged Registered User Posts: 6,684 Senior Member
    Fat always means excepted; skinny could go either way. Cathymee is right though that most schools now send out results by email or put them on their website (which you would need to log-in to see).

    X-posted with Coureur...
  • JHSJHS Registered User Posts: 18,014 Senior Member
    There IS some reality behind the myth, though. In most cases, if a kid is being accepted, there's a lot the school wants to say to him or her, and some of it comes in the same mailing. If a kid is being rejected, "We're sorry" fits on a single sheet of paper.

    Between two kids and fifteen applications, however, there was only one school that didn't notify by e-mail or posting on a password-protected web page long before any envelope at all arrived. That school subsequently changed its practice. Unless your son forgets his password, or avoids it deliberately, what's in the envelope when it arrives will not be news.
  • jonrijonri Registered User Posts: 7,237 Senior Member
    I can't remember which college it was, but there was one that sent acceptances in a thin envelope. On the outside of the envelope it said "This IS our thick envelope." Probably saved a few parents steeling themselves for the moment junior came home and found out the bad news.
  • nimby58nimby58 Registered User Posts: 217 Junior Member
    JHS--did the schools specifically tell you when the decisions would be posted on the web account, or did you just check around the time you thought they would be up and find them there?
  • blackeyedsusanblackeyedsusan Registered User Posts: 2,517 Senior Member
    Carnegie Mellon sends their acceptance in a big packet that says on the outside -- FAT ENVELOPE. But my son also got some acceptances in skinny envelopes, but did not get any rejections in a fat envelope.
  • bebooksbebooks Registered User Posts: 42 Junior Member
    St. Olaf didn't give my son a password to a protected web page. Is this something the college gives to students after they have received their application?
  • midmomidmo Registered User Posts: 3,720 Senior Member
    I don't know how generally true this is, but one notification of a very large merit scholarship came in a skinny envelope, with no prior hint by e-mail. I handed the envelope to my son, saying, "I'm sorry, I really thought you would be accepted there." The official acceptance came three weeks later, in a fat envelope.

    My memory could be faulty, but I think my son got his fat envelope early action acceptance from U. Chicago before the notification ever showed up by e-mail. I don't think it was supposed to happen that way, though.
  • bebooksbebooks Registered User Posts: 42 Junior Member
    jonri said, "On the outside of the envelope it said "This IS our thick envelope." Probably saved a few parents steeling themselves for the moment junior came home and found out the bad news."

    That's funny. I get to look forward to holding myself back from opening an envelope before DS gets home from school. :)
  • dbwesdbwes Registered User Posts: 1,660 Senior Member
    Did Olaf's ever ask your son to set up a PIN number with them at any time in the application process? The larger schools my D has applied to did that. You couldn't apply online until that was done.
    Other schools sent her a PIN number with instructions once they received her application.
    One school has not done anything of the sort and does not seem to have a place online to check for admissions decisions.
    So Olaf's could fall into one of the two last camps, I guess.
    Did your son apply online?
  • tsdadtsdad Registered User Posts: 4,035 Senior Member
    The admissions offer from USC came in a fat envelope with wording on the outside that left no doubt what was inside. However, the admissions letter from the film school came in a very skinny envelope that was put aside because I thought it was just another "we'll be in touch," thingy.
  • smdur1970smdur1970 Registered User Posts: 927 Member
    D also got a couple of thin-envelope acceptances that said "Congratulations" on the outside.
  • garlandgarland Registered User Posts: 15,818 Senior Member
    Sometimes the online notification isn't through a passworded site--my S's acceptance came as an email.
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