And So It Really Begins

We Admit It!  This time of year can feel a bit overwhelming to us, no doubt as the last few months leading up to the application deadline felt for you.  Every day we download additional applications.  Every day we get new mail, open it, sort it, index it and work to match it with those downloaded applications.  Every day we get dozens of emails with application updates or additions that we then open, sort, index and match.  Every day we are creating new files for deans to read (and remember, every application is read at least twice).  Then we come in the next day and repeat, repeat, repeat.  Everything we do prior to January 1 leads up to this point in our process.  What we are working on right now is the essence of what our work is all about.  We might be a tad overwhelmed by it, but we also love it.  This is our opportunity to create the next chapter in William & Mary’s very distinguished history.  This is our chance to create a class that will challenge, support and inspire each other, this campus and the world at large.

However, before that class comes to fruition, we have a lot more downloading, opening, sorting, indexing, matching and reading to do.  We ask for your patience during this time.  Just to give you an idea of the volume we’re talking about, on December 24 only 40% of our applications had been submitted, on December 31, about 60%.  That means between December 31 and January 1, close to 7000 students submitted an application to us.  This creates a bit of a logjam but we are working through it as quickly as we can.  And that’s just applications.  That doesn’t include application fees, transcripts, recommendations or test scores.  As we process applications remember:

  • We will email you and your parents (presuming you included their email address(es) in your application) initially when we download your application from the Common App.
  • We will email you and your parents a second time when we match your application to the other required materials (transcript, application fee, standardized test scores).
  • At this time of year it can take up to a month to process an application.
  • If for any reason we are missing any particular component we will simply email you and ask that you resend whatever is missing. There is no penalty assessed; as long as you submit an application, we will work with you to complete and review it.

We will post a blog when we have downloaded every freshman Common Application.

So keep an eye on your inbox and this blog for updates as we work our way through the infamous reading season.  We will be sure to come up for air from all that downloading, opening, sorting, indexing, matching and reading to keep you up to date.

Wendy Livingston ’03, M.Ed. ‘09
Associate Dean of Admission

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