Decisions, Decisions — 2014 Spring Transfer Edition

We Admit It! We’re pretty proud of ourselves.  For the first time, we are able to release decisions to spring transfer applicants while simultaneously releasing notifications to Early Decision applicants.  We are thrilled to be able to notify spring transfer applicants earlier thereby providing those admitted with more time to navigate the enrollment process.  Below are the logistics of the decision launch itself and an explanation of the decisions made.


  • Decision emails were sent this evening (December 5) to the email address provided in your Common Application. It will take a bit of time for the emails to leave our server and reach your inbox but as of the posting of this blog, all emails have been launched.
  • Decision emails are sent to all applicants (assuming your application is complete), regardless of decision.
  • All students are encouraged to check their spam/junk folders in case the email landed there rather than your inbox.
  • The sender of the email will be College of William & Mary and the subject will be either “Good News” or “William & Mary Admission Decision”
  • Those who are admitted will also receive a formal admission packet in the mail next week. Those who are not admitted will only receive the decision email.
  • If your application was complete and you did not receive a decision email from us, please don’t panic. There are a number of reasons this could have happened. Please follow up with us on Monday. We will investigate what happened and report back to you. Assuming your application was complete and a decision email was launched, we will send the decision email again that evening and we will mail a hard copy to you.
  • Note: as decisions make their way to your inboxes, we will sign off until later this evening. Please review this blog in its entirety for answers to any immediate questions. We will respond to any other questions or comments later this evening.


Admit: Congratulations!  Welcome to the Tribe.  We are thrilled to have you hopefully join the classes of 2017 and 2018.  Your stories and experiences will enrich our campus community.  A more detailed packet of materials will be sent out to you next week (and it includes your official admission letter signed personally by Dean Whitney Link).  It also includes a preliminary transfer credit evaluation (woot, woot!) and a W&M decal so you can display your Tribe Pride for all the world to see.  We know there’s a lot to consider, and a lot to get done in a short amount of time (spring move-in day is only about six weeks away).  But we promise it’s all worth it, and we’re here to assist you every step of the way.  Congratulations again.  One Tribe.  And now it’s yours.

Deny: Let us start by saying that we are certainly sorry that we are not able to offer you admission.  It is important to know that we do not have the option to waitlist those who apply for spring admission (the timeline from admission offer to arriving on campus is so truncated that it doesn’t allow for a waitlist process to play itself out). So there are many students who had a stronger application than a deny decision implies.  There are certainly students who with more time (and therefore more college coursework and more grades) could be competitive for admission at a future date.  There are likewise applicants who were unfortunately not competitive for admission.  Just like with our freshman applicants, this is more reflective of the overall strength of our applicant pool than any lack of accomplishment on the part of an individual applicant.  We hope that you do have other great options before you for your next collegiate step.  We wish all of you the best of luck in all of your future collegiate endeavors.

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

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