Like many other students, I recently learned that I am a National Merit Finalist. Should I bother to update my Ivies with that? They already have my Semifinalist status on the Common App I submitted in December.
I would notify them. I am less certain with the how question.
A polite call to the admissions office asking if it should be directed specifically to your admissions officer or to the office generally.
The two biggest considerations I believe are, does an accomplishment warrant communication with these admissions offices and tact.
Our daughter was wait listed at Harvard and she had forwarded two or three additional accomplishments to them.
I am of the give it all you possibly can mentality as long as it is done politely.
NMF is not a “new” accomplishment in that it’s awarded to kids above a certain threshold in your state. While nice for you, to a school like Harvard, it’s like informing them that you made the honor roll your 8th semester.
@aBitOfLuck For what it’s worth, I did notify them, as I was advised by my school’s counseling office to do so. Since I was deferred EA, I added a short note saying I had moved on in the competition via the applicant portal. I am not sure if you have a spot to add further information to the portal if you did not apply EA.
In any case, best of luck! I don’t think it will help or hurt too much if you notify them or don’t.
A few years ago our son was in this situation. He had several accomplishments, including NMF, in January/ early February. We asked his guidance counselor what to do and his guidance counselor offered to send an update to Harvard admissions. We thought it was nice to come from his high school guidance counselor. We don’t know if it helped his application but it certainly didn’t hurt. He was accepted. I’d talk to your guidance counselor.
Certainly tell Harvard but being a NMF is not at all distinctive at Harvard. They have scores of them. If you win something truly unique–Coca Cola Scholar, Gates Millennium Scholar etc–that will make them take notice. Indeed, the fact that Harvard has a very large number of Gates Scholars attests to the fact that they do notice some accolades.