Likely Letter???? What is it?

<p>subject says it all</p>

<p>ive seen many a post on here about it, but havent heard about it before.</p>

<p>do they actually send you a letter in february telling you "it is likely you will be accepted to dartmouth"?</p>

<p>Ya, that's about it.</p>

<p>Likely letters are usually sent out in 3 waves during the RD round. </p>

<p>The Admissions Office sends these letters to approximately 500 exceptional members of the regular-decision applicant pool that the office has decided to accept early in the process. The letters tacitly inform them of their acceptance well in advance of the official letter sent in early April on the common Ivy League mailing date.</p>

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<p>here is an article about likely letters:</p>

<p>um my high school literally had about 5-6 kids, and a few came in different rounds.</p>

<p>Likely letters are about the greatest thing ever. I got totally hooked in February so that when April rolled around, I had been thinking "Dartmouth" for two months.</p>

<p>Is it possible to get a likely letter and then get rejected? That would feel horrible...</p>

<p>Your likely letter specifically states that your admission to Dartmouth is very likely. The only way you would get rejected if the College found out you did something really dumb like misrepresent your self on your application, turn in false information etc.</p>

<p>some ed applicants actually receive these as well---especially if they are recruited athletes. some of recruited athletes have probably already received their letters.</p>

<p>Likely letters were originally designed in order to get recruited athletes to to commit by applying ED. the process eventually took on a life of its own.</p>


<p>**Joint Statement for Candidates on Common Ivy Group Admission Procedure **</p>

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<p>The Ivy Group is an association of eight institutions of higher education, established in 1954 primarily for the purpose of fostering amateurism in athletics. Representatives of these institutions now meet regularly at a variety of levels to discuss academic, athletic, admissions and many other topics.</p>

<p>3. Early Evaluation Procedure</p>

<p>a. As determined by each institution, admissions offices may choose to advise applicants of the probability of admission (e.g., likely, possible, unlikely). Institutions may issue such probabilistic communications only in writing, from the office of admission. Such letters will have the effect of letters of admission, to be confirmed on the common notification date, subject to revocation only on the same terms as letters of admission. </p>

<p>b. Within each institution’s overall admissions process, from October 1 through March 15 an admissions office may issue probabilistic communications, in writing, to applicants who are recruited student-athletes. (such communications given by coaches, whether orally or in writing, do not constitute binding institutional commitments.) An applicant who receives one or more such written communications and who has made a decision to matriculate at one institution is encouraged (but not required) to notify all other institutions, and to withdraw all other applications, as promptly as possible. </p>

<p>c. A coach may inquire about the level of commitment to or interest in an institution of an applicant who is a recruited student-athlete, and an institution may consider that information in deciding whether or when the admissions office will offer a probabilistic communication. But an applicant may not be required to withdraw or not make other applications, or to refrain fromvisiting another institution, as a condition for receiving a written likely communication. </p>

<p>d. An institution may send a “likely” probabilistic communication letter to a candidate (whether or not the applicant is a recruited student-athlete) only if the applicant has submitted all of the materials which the institution requires in order to make an admissions decision. e. An Ivy school may respond at any time beginning October 1 should a non-Ivy school offer admission to a recruited student-athlete with a reply date prior to the common Ivy notification date. A response may be made only on the basis of written evidence of the offer (e.g., a copy of an official offer of a grant-in-aid, with a reply date, or a letter from a guidance counselor), or of confirmation of an offer to the admissions office by a secondary school counselor.</p>

<p>Likely letter what is it?</p>

<p>it is the best thing you could get</p>

<p>Do early decision kids ever get likely letters, besides the recruited athletes?</p>

<p>No, there are no likely letters for EDers -- -- if they're to be accepted, then they have to come, and there's no reason to try to get them earlier than usual.</p>

<p>have you heard of anyone ever getting an unlikely letter?</p>

<p>or even a possible letter?</p>

<p>why would Dartmouth waste postage like that?</p>

<p>Likely letters are the greatest I knew I was comming this fall way back in February...which is a breath of fresh air in the stress of senior year...and its not just Dartmouth that sends them, I got them from Oberlin, Amherst, and Swarthmore</p>

<p>This one girl I know got one from Columbia. She's an awesome softball player, but not too great in the brains... I think she's taking like, two AP classes. I was wondering how in the world she got a likely letter, but I guess I know now.</p>

<p>I agree with above posters. Likely letter is probably why I ended up coming here. AND I LOVE IT!!!!</p>

<p>Do you need to be like absurdly qualified to get it? Could someone with like a 1500 who they find really interesting get one? Or is it really the top of the pack, statistically...?</p>

<p>Well, the logic behind it is that likely letter people are kids that they can see will be accepted elsewhere, and Dartmouth wants to get its foot in the door first. So it's not just scores or just ECs, but people that they think are obvious acceptances.</p>

<p>It seems like 500 is kinda low for the number of letters they send. 4 kids at my high school got it last year. They were all well qualified candidates but none were truly exceptional. And now here at Stanford, it seems that most people who eventually got into Dartmouth received a likely letter.</p>