The Day After the Deadline

Admit It!  The application deadline has come and gone but some of your application anxiety may still be hanging around.  We understand.  To hopefully ease some of those fears, and to address some frequently asked questions, here’s the Post Deadline Day 1 Debrief.

  • We are aware that there were some issues with the Common Application’s website on January 1 which prohibited application and writing supplement submissions.  No worries.  We will gladly accept applications and/or supplements submitted in the coming days.  We encourage you to contact the Common Application’s help desk for assistance if you continue to experience any technical difficulties.
  • Likewise, any transcripts or recommendations submitted in the coming days will also be gladly accepted and added to your application without penalty.
  • We receive well over half of our Regular Decision applications in the days and weeks leading up to the application deadline.  This creates a significant backlog (we’re talking thousands of applications) so please be patient.  It can easily be 2-3 weeks before you receive an initial email from our office confirming receipt of your application.  DON’T PANIC.  Keep calm, and just check your email frequently for updates from our office.
  • Please do not call our office to check on any particular application components.  At this time, we’re simply not able to confirm receipt of materials given the overwhelming amount we’ve received in the past few weeks.  We will be in touch via email as we process your application.  Additionally, if for any reason something didn’t get submitted, we would just ask you to resend it without penalty.
  • Any post-submission updates to your application can be emailed to  Note these should be significant updates only (changes in course schedule, new standardized testing, new high-level awards, etc.).
  • First-semester grades should be sent to our office whenever they become available.  There’s no specific deadline as different schools make them available at different times.  Just ensure that your counselor knows to send them to W&M once they are finalized.

Feel free to post any other questions you have as comments to this blog and we’ll be happy to follow up.

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

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