There are many challenging aspects of the admissions process—from agonizing over college lists to writing and revising countless essays to preparing for interviews. But in many ways, awaiting your regular decision results is the most difficult. Know that if you are among the thousands of seniors and parents in this position, you are not alone in finding this time of uncertainty to be stressful.

Take heart. Though it may not seem so now, the college admissions process is just one part of a much larger educational and career path. Your life’s journey will be full of both successes and setbacks, and you will come through each of them stronger, wiser, and more capable. As you await your final college decisions, remember to trust in the process, and remind yourself that you have done all you can to maximize your chances of success. Enjoy your senior year of high school and continue to engage in your academics. Have faith that you will have an exciting range of college options for this fall.

To further ease your mind, consider reading Frank Bruni’s New York Times article, “How to Survive the College Admissions Madness.” In this article, Bruni discusses the paths of two students who faced rejection from their top choices and went on to colleges and career paths that both worked out for the best. In doing so, he explores the importance of handling rejection, as well as offers advice as to how parents can support their children through these experiences.

Additionally, the Wall Street Journal article, “What’s Worse Than Waiting to Hear From Colleges? Getting Interrogated About It,” discusses ways to be sensitive to seniors who are handling the anxiety of college admissions and productive ways to support them.

Finally, many people find that achieving a more detailed understanding of the regular decision admissions process can help relieve some anxiety. For those who would like to learn more, look out for our upcoming blog on analysis of Regular Decision Admissions Trends for the Class of 2021, and see the chart below for a comprehensive list of current notification dates.

School Regular Notification Class of 2021 Regular Notification Class of 2020
American University week of 3/20/17 mailed 3/21/16
Amherst College on or around 4/1/17 3/25/2016
Babson College mid March 3/18/2016
Barnard College late March 3/24/2016
Bates College 4/1/2017 4/1/2016
Boston College week of 3/12/17 week of 3/14/16
Boston University 3/18/2017 3/19/2016
Bowdoin College early April 3/18/2016
Brandeis University 4/1/2017 3/17/2016
Brown University 3/30/2017 3/31/2016
Bucknell University 3/29/2017 3/25/2016
Carnegie Mellon University by 4/15/17 3/26/2016
Case Western Reserve University 3/20/2017 3/12/2016
Chapman University 3/9/2017 3/5/2016
Claremont McKenna College 3/24/2017 3/22/2016
Colby College 4/1/2017 4/1/2016
College of William & Mary mailed by 4/1/2017 4/1/2016
Colgate University mailed 3/20/17 mailed 3/18/16
Columbia University 3/30/2017 3/31/2016
Connecticut College late March 3/31/2016
Cornell University 3/30/2017 3/31/2016
Dartmouth College 3/30/2017 3/31/2016
Denison University 3/11/2017 3/9/2016
Drexel University by 4/1/2017 3/23/2016
Duke University 4/1/2017 3/24/2016
Elon University 3/20/2017 3/15/2016
Emory University by 4/1/2017 3/30/2016
Fordham University 4/1/2017 4/1/2016
Franklin and Marshall College 4/1/2017 4/1/2016
George Washington University late March/early April 3/24/2016
Georgetown University 4/1/2017 4/1/2016
Georgia Institute of Technology 3/11/2017 3/12/2016
Gettysburg College late March mailed 3/18/16
Hamilton College 3/25/2017 3/25/2016
Harvard University 3/30/2017 3/31/2016
Ithaca College 4/15/2017 4/15/2016
Johns Hopkins University 3/17/2017 3/18/2016
Lafayette College 4/1/2017 4/1/2016
Lehigh University late March 3/30/2016
MIT 3/14/17 or 3/15/17 3/14/2016
Middlebury College 3/18/2017 3/19/2016
Muhlenberg College 3/15/2017 mid-March
New York University 4/1/2017 3/31/2016
Northeastern University by 4/1/2017 3/15/2016
Northwestern University late March week of 3/14/16
Occidental College 4/1/2017 3/22/2016
Pitzer College 4/1/2017 mailed 3/22/16
Pomona College 4/1/2017 3/18/2016
Princeton University 3/30/2017 3/31/2016
Purdue University rolling rolling, beg. Dec.
Quinnipiac University rolling rolling
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 3/11/2017 3/12/2016
Rice University by 4/1/17 3/25/2016
Rochester Institute of Technology mid March 3/15/2016
Scripps College by 4/1/2017 4/1/2016
Stanford University 4/1/2017 3/25/2016
SUNY at New Paltz rolling rolling, beg. Jan. 15
SUNY at Albany rolling rolling
SUNY at Binghamton rolling rolling, beg. Feb. 1
SUNY at Geneseo 3/1/2017 3/1/2016
Syracuse University late March 3/15/2016
The College of New Jersey 4/1/2017 4/1/2016
Trinity College late March 3/23/2016
Tufts University by 4/1/2017 4/1/2016
Tulane University by 4/1/2017 3/18/2016
Union College 4/15/2017 3/23/2016
UC-Berkeley 3/30/2017 3/24/2016
UC-Los Angeles 3/17/2017 3/18/2016
UC-Santa Barbara by 3/21/17 3/22/2016
University of Chicago 3/17/2017 3/16/2016
University of Connecticut begins 3/1/17 begins 3/1/16
University of Delaware 4/1/2017 4/1/2016
Univ. of Maryland-College Park by 4/1/2017 4/1/2016
University of Miami early April 3/21/2016
University of Michigan early April 4/15/2016
UNC – Chapel Hill late March 3/30/2016
University of Notre Dame late March 3/18/2016
University of Pennsylvania 3/30/2017 3/31/2016
University of Richmond 4/1/2017 mailed 3/18/2016
University of Rochester begins 3/9/17 3/18/2016
University of San Diego rolling rolling
USC by 4/1/2017 mailed 3/23,         online 3/26
University of Texas at Austin by 3/1/2017 3/1/2016
University of Vermont 2/9/17 and 3/10/17 n/a
University of Virginia late March 3/25/2016
Vanderbilt University 4/1/2017 3/23/2016
Villanova University 3/31/2017 3/22/2016
Washington Univ. in St. Louis mailed 4/1/17 3/10/2016
Wesleyan University late March 3/25/2016
Williams College by 4/1/17 3/23/2016
Yale University 3/30/2017 3/31/2016

We wish you all the best, and as always at Collegiate Gateway, we are happy to help!