Decisions, Decisions – 2017 Spring Transfer Edition

We Admit It! We know how patiently transfer applicants have been waiting for their admission decisions. As of today, we have completed our spring transfer review process. Spring transfer decisions have been launched, and will be arriving in your inbox shortly.

Below you will find all pertinent information about how decisions are released and what each decision means.

Decision Release:

  • Decision emails were sent this evening (December 6) to the email address provided in your Common Application.
  • Though decisions have officially been launched, it will take some time for all emails to leave our server and reach your inbox.
  • Decision emails are sent to all applicants regardless of decision (assuming you submitted a completed spring transfer application).
  • Please check your spam/junk folders in case the email landed there instead of your inbox (this does sometimes happen).
  • The sender of the email will be “College of William & Mary.” The subject will either be “Good News” or “William & Mary Admission Decision.”
  • Those who are admitted will also receive a formal admission packet in the mail in the coming days. Those who are not admitted will only receive a decision email.
  • Note: If you submitted a completed spring transfer application and did not receive a decision email from us this evening, please do not panic. There are a number of reasons why this could have happened. Please contact us over the coming days. We will investigate what happened and report back to you. If need be, we can re-launch your decision email, as well as mail a hard copy to you.
  • Second Note: We will be signing off as decisions are arriving to inboxes. Please review this blog in its entirety for answers to any immediate questions. We will respond throughout the week to any other questions or comments posted to this blog.


Admit: Congratulations, and welcome to the Tribe! It is our absolute pleasure to welcome you to the William & Mary community. We have full confidence that your experiences, passions, stories and interests will meaningfully enhance our university. A more detailed packet of materials has been sent to you, including a preliminary transfer credit evaluation and an official admission letter signed personally by Dean Whitney Pitschke. We encourage you to review these materials while making your final decision about whether or not to enroll at W&M (the obvious choice, in our humble opinion).

We realize that there is a lot to consider and get done over the next few weeks, but all of this hard work will soon pay off. Please let us know if we can be of any assistance – we are here to help you if we can. Congratulations again on this terrific accomplishment. One Tribe. And now it’s yours.

Deny: We are genuinely sorry that were not able to offer you admission at this time. We know that you were hoping for a more positive outcome, and we understand that you’re likely disappointed and frustrated by our decision.

While we wish that we were able to accept every talented student wanting to attend W&M, the competitive nature of our applicant pool coupled with our smaller size makes this impossible to do. Throughout our deliberations, the decisions we make are not between good and bad applicants, but between great and great applicants. Your admission decision is in no way a reflection on what you’ve accomplished or on what you might accomplish as a member of the W&M community. It is simply a product of an exceedingly competitive and selective admission process.

Please keep in mind that we cannot waitlist spring transfer applicants, as the timeline from admission offer to arriving on campus is so truncated that it doesn’t allow for a waitlist process to play out. Because of this, there are many students who had stronger applications than a deny decision implies. In many cases, students who have re-applied for future semesters with additional coursework and grades have been admitted. We wish you all the best going forward.

Thank you to all of our applicants for your patience as we have been carefully navigating our review process. It has been humbling to review your many talents, interests, and accomplishments. Whatever the outcome of your individual application, please know how much we appreciate you applying to William & Mary, and how confident we are that you will accomplish great things moving forward. Take care, Happy Holidays, and Go Tribe.

Brad Harlan
Senior Assistant Dean of Admission

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