Should I enroll at Columbia or wait for Harvard

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HarvardHopeful95
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Should I enroll at Columbia or wait for Harvard

Postby HarvardHopeful95 » Thu Mar 30, 2017 2:16 pm

Hi guys, so I was waitlisted at Harvard yesterday. I always intended to go to Columbia (iv'e been admitted) if I didn't get into Harvard but now that I'm waitlisted, everything is in limbo. So a quick question:

Can I make my seat deposit at Columbia since its due by May 1st and then rescind my acceptance if Harvard lets me in off the waitlist during the summer?

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ILoveYou
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Re: Should I enroll at Columbia or wait for Harvard

Postby ILoveYou » Thu Mar 30, 2017 2:21 pm

You can absolutely rescind after the first seat deposit; you'll just be out that money. Congrats, sounds like either way you're ending up with an outcome you wanted.

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Re: Should I enroll at Columbia or wait for Harvard

Postby HarvardHopeful95 » Thu Mar 30, 2017 2:26 pm

ILoveYou wrote:You can absolutely rescind after the first seat deposit; you'll just be out that money. Congrats, sounds like either way you're ending up with an outcome you wanted.


Thanks so much! I didn't know I school's allowed it

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Re: Should I enroll at Columbia or wait for Harvard

Postby ILoveYou » Thu Mar 30, 2017 2:31 pm

HarvardHopeful95 wrote:
ILoveYou wrote:You can absolutely rescind after the first seat deposit; you'll just be out that money. Congrats, sounds like either way you're ending up with an outcome you wanted.


Thanks so much! I didn't know I school's allowed it


No problem! Schools don't really have a say--you put down the deposit and then tell them you've changed your mind. It's not like they can make you pay them more or attend. The only exception I'm aware of is that if you are accepted to a school ED you have to sit out a cycle if you don't end up wanting to matriculate there, but that's again not really because of any power the schools themselves have to make you do anything.




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