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Early Decision Wrap-Up


I know we’ve talked a lot about the Early Action (EA) process, but I want to take a moment to focus specifically on the Early Decision process. Although the application deadline for Early Decision was a month later than the EA deadline (December 1 vs. November 1), we will be turning around decision letters for both groups at the same time. Since Early Decision is a binding process requiring a student to commit to PC if they’re accepted, it is a much smaller group of applicants than the EA pool, allowing us to get the review completed in a much shorter time-frame than the EA application process takes.

Early Decision applicants will receive one of three decisions: invite, defer, or deny. “Invite” is great, of course, and means you’re one of the first official members of the Class of 2019! Students who are invited via the Early Decision program will need to submit their Enrollment Reservation Form and enrollment deposit by February 15th (this information will also be included in the acceptance packet). One of the nice things about Early Decision is that the process is complete much earlier than applying at other deadlines… but remember, we’ll still want to see your transcript at the end of your high school career, so you’ll want to finish strong academically!

A small number of students will receive a “defer” decision at Early Decision, and will have their applications reviewed again within the Regular Decision pool. In many cases, the reason for this defer is that we need to see more information before making a final decision, usually in the form of additional academic work from the student’s senior year. Students who have their applications deferred from the Early Decision pool are no longer bound by the Early Decision contract, and may choose to enroll at another institution even if they are ultimately accepted to PC as part of the Regular Decision process.

Unfortunately, we’re not able to invite every student at Early Decision, and some students will receive a deny decision letter in the coming days. Regardless of the application deadline a student chooses, academic preparation for PC’s curriculum is critical, and therefore we aren’t able to take everyone who applies at the Early Decision deadline. For students who do receive the deny decision, it is the end of the process for them at PC – they are not able to reapply in the Regular Decision pool.

Hopefully, this information helps all of you who chose to apply Early Decision to better understand how the process works. Stay tuned – all of our letters (Early Decision and Early Action) will be hitting mailboxes soon!

The Week Ahead

With decision-making meetings behind us, we have turned to the “technical” part of the process of getting decision letters printed and packets put together.

Early Action and Early Decision invite letters

At PC, we still believe in notifying students about their admission decisions the “old fashioned way” – by mail through the US Postal Service. So, since the weekend, our operations team has been printing decision letters and preparing acceptance packets. Over the next couple of days, we will be stuffing letters, an activity that the whole office comes together to complete that signifies the final days of the early admission process.

For our top academic candidates – about the top 14% of the invited student pool – we’ll be adding information to their packets regarding their invitation to join our Liberal Arts Honors Program and sharing their merit scholarship information. Outside of the Honors Program, we have another group of strong academic performers – approximately 14% again – who will receive information about their merit scholarship awards in their acceptance packets. Finally, some exceptional student leaders who have balanced their extraordinary extracurricular commitments with high level classroom performance will receive notification of their Friar Scholarship awards in their packets. We award all merit-based scholarships up front in the process – students who have received a scholarship will receive notification right in their acceptance packet; there are no “appeals” for merit scholarships here at PC.

Students who have applied for need-based financial aid – and who have met the Early Action CSS PROFILE deadline (December 1) – will receive notification about their financial aid packages in mid-to-late January. (Students accepted through the binding Early Decision process will receive notification about any need-based aid they have received right in their acceptance packets).

I know it’s stressful waiting to hear about your admission decision, but we’re almost there – stay tuned!

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