Today Is/Was The Big Day…

Well, there is no doubt about it – today was a pretty big day for many ETA readers! If you applied Early Action to Elon University, you were able to check your admissions status online using our Elon OnTrack system. We sent decision letters via post today as well so all of you will also receive more information in the mail within the next week or so! For those of you who did apply for Early Action -please know that you were in some OUTSTANDING company! For just the applicant pool alone, the average (weighted) GPA was a 3.9 and the average SAT score was a 1850!

Here is a quick run-down of the different decision outcomes and some helpful advice for each group.

IF YOU HAVE BEEN….

ADMITTED TO ELON UNIVERSITY: First and foremost, congratulations! I am excited for you and all of the amazing opportunities that Elon could offer you. I know many (if not all of you) will have a number of places to chose from for your future – I can only hope that Elon is a top choice! Let me know if I can answer any questions for you about this wonderful university and know that a good deal of information will be forthcoming to you.

DEFERRED FOR FIRST SEMESTER GRADES/ SAT SCORES: This decision can often be confusing. Often times students ask if we were missing information when we evaluated their application or are confused because they had their first quarter/term grades sent to us already. When we list first semester grades, we are looking for your grades that arrive at the conclusion of your semester exams (which for many students occur in the month of January). The first semester grades are essentially the mid-year grades or the grades at the end of the 2nd term. We may also have requested SAT scores from you if you listed on your application that you had or were taking an SAT in the future.
Essentially, being deferred means that within the context of the Early Action applicant pool (both in volume and in academic strength), we were unable to offer you a spot in our freshman class. However, it also means that we would like to consider your application again in the context of our Final Deadline pool. With the addition of your senior grades, you are not only keeping your application file active, but you are also showing interest in being reconsidered. For those of you who truly have Elon high on your list, I would also encourage to you keep in contact with me as well! Please feel free to send me emails (cborden2@elon.edu) to keep me posted on what is going on outside of the classroom for you (Did you land an internship for the spring? Did you receive any athletic accolades following your fall sports season? Do you have big plans for any service projects in the spring?) Again, our Final Deadline pool will be competitive, but the more information you share with me, the more information that I will be able to provide the admissions committee.

DECLINED ADMISSION TO ELON: I know this decision is incredibly disappointing, especially if Elon was one of your top choices for college. Know that in the Admissions Office, it is truly not easy for us to decline students and often we have to make tough decisions. If you were declined, please know that we value your interest in Elon University and if you are still interested in attending Elon at some point, your next option is to consider the Transfer option. This would entail attending a college or university (either a 2- or 4- year institution), and then transferring in after one year. Again, this is a slightly different admissions process and I would encourage you to contact me for more details.

Again, over 5,000+ of you found out a decision for Elon today…I know that some are elated and some are disappointed. But most importantly, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

Best wishes to you all!

From my Inbox: Election Day Edition

Good evening ETA readers!

As mentioned above, today is ELECTION DAY in the United States so unfortunately at this point (6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4th), I cannot answer who will be the next President! However, I CAN answer questions about Elon University and the admissions process…here are some of this week’s questions:

Q. “I applied Early Decision/ Early Action/ Final Deadline to Elon University. Will I hear sooner than the deadline about my admissions decision?”

A. No – unfortunately not. Since moving to deadline admissions several years ago, we have not released decisions on a “rolling” basis – everyone who applied during a specific deadline will receive their admissions decisions on the same day. Here are the release dates for our 3 different deadlines:

Early Decision (application due on Nov 1st) – Notification date: Dec 1st

Early Action (application due on Nov 10th) – Notification date: Dec 19th

Final Deadline (application due on Jan 10th) – Notification date: March 13th

You can also view these deadlines at http://www.elon.edu/e-web/admissions/deadlines.xhtml.

Q. “Do Elon admissions counselors look up students on Facebook to find out more about them?”
A. No, we do not although I only speak for Elon University and not other institutions. To be honest with you, every college is different. Some colleges even have a policy against/for Facebooking prospective students. However, I can tell you from Elon’s point of view, we do not do this and do not “check” on students on Facebook. To be quite honest with you, we receive so many applications that we do not have time to check Facebook!

Q. “I am completing an online application and have run into problems with the extracurricular activities section – I have run out of room to list my awards/accomplishments/leadership roles/etc. What do you recommend that I do?”

A. First and foremost, congrats on having so many achievements – that is great! What I recommend is two different options – either works for us. Your options include:

  • Typing that information in the “Personal Statement” section that is towards the end of the application. We will see this section on the application and are used to having students put their extracurricular activity information here. OR YOU COULD
  • Consider creating a resume to submit with your application. Some students choose this option for providing us details about what they participate in outside the classroom.

Either option works for us!

That is all from my inbox for this week- please continue to contact me with any questions that you may have and I will do my best to respond!

Also, look for another post early next week as this weekend at Elon will be a busy one! Not only is it Homecoming Weekend, but I will also be at the Elon football game against Western Carolina, the men’s soccer game against Wofford (the 1st Round of the Southern Conference tournament), and the last performance of Sweeney Todd.