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What does the envelope look like??

jsmom1jsmom1 Registered User Posts: 52 Junior Member
edited December 2009 in Parents Forum
My oldest child (so we are new at this) will hear from his 1st choice school within the next few days (Emerson -- he applied EA, they mailed the letters today). So I need to ask the all-important question: Is it still true that a thicker envelope holds good news and a slim envelope is bad news? How about if he's deferred? Slim envelope?
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  • coureurcoureur Registered User Posts: 11,386 Senior Member
    They will never send a rejection in a thick envelope, so thick is pretty much always good news. Thin is probably bad news but not necessarily. I got my grad school acceptance in a thin envelope with packet to follow.

    But these days the news almost always comes first in an e-mail or website log-on. I'm surprised there is still some envelope drama left out there.
  • jsmom1jsmom1 Registered User Posts: 52 Junior Member
    They said it will be posted after 1 pm on Mon. (online) but we are likely to receive the letter before then. We live only about 6 miles from the school.
  • parent56parent56 Registered User Posts: 7,658 Senior Member
    we've had a combination of all different, thin, big, one said congratulations on the outside, some were online first, some we got the letter first. but all were acceptances
  • sprevitesprevite Registered User Posts: 325 Member
    i don't think thin is always bad. . .
    georgetown's letters are always thin

    and i just got an acceptance letter & scholarship letter from tulane and it was one page, so chill!!
  • mathmommathmom Registered User Posts: 29,733 Senior Member
    A handful of schools send thin envelopes, but most send thick. I loved Carnegie Mellon's envelope a few year ago - it had huge letters on the outside saying "The Fat Letter" or something similar. Meant that Mom's didn't have to wait for their kids to come home from school to find out the news! (They mailed letters several days before posting on line.) Many schools just post on line the same day they do the mailing though.

    Oh and for what it's worth, again a few years ago, Caltech sent out acceptances priority mail and rejections regular mail. My son had to wait SIX DAYS to find out he wasn't in.
  • 4gsmom4gsmom Registered User Posts: 548 Member
    This year, William and Mary's good ones came in a large envelope with a big "WELCOME" written right on the outside. Bad news came in a small envelope.

    But I believe it varies school by school. In another thread, someone mentioned that one year Penn State sent its rejections in large envelopes along with applications to the satellite campuses - talk about torture!!!
  • sprevitesprevite Registered User Posts: 325 Member
    OMG I'm so nervous! I wish these schools posted online before the snail mail came!
  • maritemarite Registered User Posts: 21,586 Senior Member
    living six miles from the school does not mean that the mail will get there faster.
  • sprevitesprevite Registered User Posts: 325 Member
    thanks! haha i live in RI and i'm waiting for georgetown, whose letters were mailed today, so monday maybe?
  • TwistedxKissTwistedxKiss Registered User Posts: 2,535 Senior Member
    A school tricked me once by sending me an application for the next term with my rejection letter. I had such a fat envelope I thought for sure I was in, but NOPE.

    I've also gotten a lot of thin acceptances, too. A lot of schools mailed me additional forms and information a week or so after I was accepted, and only a one page letter actually came first.
  • LergnomLergnom Registered User Posts: 7,926 Senior Member
    Admissions in the spring tend to be larger envelopes because they will often include financial aid material. Early admissions is often separate from need / merit aid consideration so the envelope can be fairly small.
  • LasMaLasMa Registered User Posts: 10,847 Senior Member
    D's admission letter was one sheet, and so was the scholarship award letter a few days later. OTOH, the housing packet was pretty hefty.
  • coureurcoureur Registered User Posts: 11,386 Senior Member
    With the rise of electronic results, I kinda miss the old daily mail box drama. When D1 applied in 2003 it was about 50:50, with MIT and Caltech both curiously being among the snail mail holdouts. But by time D2 applied 5 years later she got all her results on-line.
  • sprevitesprevite Registered User Posts: 325 Member
    georgetown's so oldschool, i wish i got an email:(
  • cbreezecbreeze Registered User Posts: 4,522 Senior Member
    My son's ED admission letter came in a manila sized envelope and contained just two sheets of paper. Big envelope but very thin.
    Good luck to your son.
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