How to ask school to hurry up?

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felinafelina
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How to ask school to hurry up?

Postby felinafelina » Fri Jun 26, 2015 3:20 pm

I just got accepted to Georgetown today. If I want to participate in their OCI, I have to submit a deposit by July 6th.

I'm also waiting on Columbia and NYU (also Harvard but not holding my breath). Those schools would be my top choice - but I don't want to put in a deposit of $1200 just to find out a decision from them later.

Should I call and tell them my situation? Send an email? Should I do anything at all?

sandwhich
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Re: How to ask school to hurry up?

Postby sandwhich » Fri Jun 26, 2015 3:28 pm

They will not do anything. Every year there are lots of people in your shoes. You either have to deposit or forfeit your acceptance. That's just how it goes.

felinafelina
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Re: How to ask school to hurry up?

Postby felinafelina » Fri Jun 26, 2015 3:39 pm

sandwhich wrote:They will not do anything. Every year there are lots of people in your shoes. You either have to deposit or forfeit your acceptance. That's just how it goes.


Maybe you have more info on the subject than I do but that's not exactly what I've heard. I'm pretty sure some schools will grant extensions and some will give decisions earlier if you talk to them, but I wasn't sure how to do so.

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Re: How to ask school to hurry up?

Postby KMart » Fri Jun 26, 2015 3:54 pm

felinafelina wrote:
sandwhich wrote:They will not do anything. Every year there are lots of people in your shoes. You either have to deposit or forfeit your acceptance. That's just how it goes.


Maybe you have more info on the subject than I do but that's not exactly what I've heard. I'm pretty sure some schools will grant extensions and some will give decisions earlier if you talk to them, but I wasn't sure how to do so.

A simple email or call is your best bet. Worst case scenario they say no, best case is you get an extension. I wouldn't call a school asking them to hurry up, though. The reality is you are in a situation in which the school has all the power. It's worth a shot to explain your situation and ask for an extension.

Cerberaus
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Re: How to ask school to hurry up?

Postby Cerberaus » Fri Jun 26, 2015 4:28 pm

sandwhich wrote:They will not do anything. Every year there are lots of people in your shoes. You either have to deposit or forfeit your acceptance. That's just how it goes.


I would have to agree with this. Sure there might be an exception, and it doesn't hurt to call a school and ask if they can comment on your status; but don't expect sympathy for your situation. Many schools time their deadlines and decisions so that they accept students early, hit them with expensive seat deposits, and then pray those students will back out. Voila! $1,600 in seat deposits for GULC and all they did was process an application. Now the seat is vacant and they can collect from another student.

I too applied to GULC. Think of it as an option on a contract; you paid $1,600 (or whatever) for the knowledge that you could go to GULC if you didn't get your first choice.

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Re: How to ask school to hurry up?

Postby hartfordhockaloogies » Sat Jun 27, 2015 2:24 am

I'd recommend just waiting it out and not asking the schools to hurry up. Be patient. Worst case scenario, you lost $1,200. Best case, you go to an exponentially better school.

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Re: How to ask school to hurry up?

Postby felinafelina » Mon Jun 29, 2015 1:41 pm

Thanks for the responses everyone. I'll take the advice and view it as an option contract.




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