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Early Answer Decisions

pjlaplpjlapl Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
Will the decisions be released online or snail mail or both? I did not find any guidance. "Decisions regarding University admission status will be released during the week of December 16"
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Replies to: Early Answer Decisions

  • scmom12scmom12 Registered User Posts: 2,977 Senior Member
    Ask admissions. I suspect both only because last month D saw her USC grad school acceptance online before got mail. But when younger D (jr at USC) was applying, she received snail mail - although it wasn't first choice so maybe it was online and she didn't check :)

    But if you're hoping for a "check your account at midnight" type situations, just call admissions and ask - or post question on admissions fb page - sure lots of students would like to know as well.
  • scmom12scmom12 Registered User Posts: 2,977 Senior Member
    BTW - son of a friend in upstate SC received his acceptance today!
  • maasdadmaasdad Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    My son received his acceptance in the mail yesterday. The postage stamp was dated 12/13/13. We are in Upstate SC.
  • AUGirlAUGirl Registered User Posts: 2,890 Senior Member
    A girl from my high school in upstate SC also received her acceptance letter the other day.

    In the past, they would ONLY release decisions via snail mail. Even if your decision got lost in the mail and you called, they'd only re-send the letter via snail mail and wouldn't release it over the phone. Not sure if that's changed with the new My.sc.edu system.
  • pjlaplpjlapl Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    Thanks for the update. We will watch the mail this week.

    Seems like a huge waste of paper and $. Why not mail Acceptances only and inform everyone online (accept, decline, defer)? I heard of this thing called the Information Super Highway that maybe able to help USC with this last stage of the process! (sarcasm, no need to reply)

    The online app has worked well, so there must be other reasons.

    Good luck to all.
  • AUGirlAUGirl Registered User Posts: 2,890 Senior Member
    Perhaps it's tradition?

    USC was the only school that I've seen that actually sends out a special envelope for acceptance each year. I had friends whose parents received the exact envelope that I received. (It has a big Gamecock with a YES! on the outside- You don't even need to open the letter to know you've been accepted.)

    Also, as you can see with Fordham (and other schools each year), it's very easy to "accidentally" admit more students than what you're supposed to.
  • Price14Price14 Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    Is there a way to check online or do you have to wait for the snail mail?
  • InsightFranInsightFran Registered User Posts: 22 New Member
    We are in Northern NJ and my son got his Acceptance Package today!!
    It shows mailed on 12/13 as well.
    So excited to be part of Gamecock country!!
  • ndabunkandabunka Registered User Posts: 64 Junior Member
    We are in Charlotte, NC and my son got his acceptance over the weekend (WooooHooo!)
  • suest390suest390 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    My daughter just got her acceptance letter and is very excited, she is in love with this school. Do Merit Awards come separately or should we have received some indication with the acceptance letter?
  • NJMOM3NJMOM3 Registered User Posts: 306 Member
    /\ My freshman d was admitted early admission this time last year and I believe that the merit scholarship came around February or March..she is also in Capstone and that letter came in March , but we cant remember if the scholarship letter came the same week or a little before. Congratulations!! My d loves USC. She just finished off an excellent first semester and has no complaints at all!
  • southbelsouthbel Registered User Posts: 151 Junior Member
    My daughter got her acceptance package today as well. Odd it actually didn't get here sooner since we're only down in Charleston. Based on our rather inconsistent mailman, I am becomingly increasingly convinced he skips houses every other day (plus he likes to deliver other people's mail to me). Such a frustrating thing during acceptance season!

    While CofC is daughter's first choice right now, USC is her close second. It may come down to merit scholarships. Anxiously awaiting that letter!
  • coleman4coleman4 Registered User Posts: 366 Member
    Daughter just got her acceptance today as well - biomedical engineering. She is still weighing her options of where she wants to go but my son, who is a freshman there now is trying to heavily persuade her to go to USC! (they are only a year apart in age, so very close). Now we wait for the scholarship letter, probably til March if it's like last year.
  • luvmiballerinaluvmiballerina Registered User Posts: 146 Junior Member
    Congrats to everyone who has gotten acceptances! My D just finished her first semester and while things didn't go quite as expected, she loves USC and has been selected as orientation leader for 2014! She is very excited to meet new students and share her passion for the university with them!
  • NCdad1NCdad1 Registered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
    Re OOS scholarship hopes. Last year my D was accepted early this same week last year. A week later she got a letter that said while it was not a formal scholarship offer, she would at least qualify for McKissick. Best Christmas present ever as USC was her first choice. Comparing notes with several other parents of now-Freshman, it seems that if you were above the numbers they posted as qualifications, you got the early letter. But we did talk to others who didn't get the early letter and then later got a scholarship during formal notification in Feb/Mar. So if they do like last year - you might get that early letter if the SAT's and grades are solid. BTW, not a scientific sample but from the others I've heard getting scholarships, it seems SAT's/ACT's are greater weight than grades.
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