It’s hard to believe we’ve hit the middle of December already…where has this year gone? As the holiday season is upon us, my staff and I know what looms around the corner for us—application reading season. We hope you have a chance to take a breather from exams, papers and presentations for school, and yet dedicate some time to polishing essays, reflecting upon your interests and experiences in school and finishing your resume, and touch base with your teachers and counselor to ensure they have completed their portions of the Common Application.
I’m sure you can imagine the amount of time it takes our dedicated staff to process the influx of applications submitted on or near the deadline. Students begin calling and emailing our office in panic mode because our website reflects their application status as incomplete. It may be we have all of the student’s credentials, but it takes us a good two weeks just to process what’s submitted at the last minute. For students who apply days; a week; two weeks before the deadline, our staff is prepared and capable of processing their application in a timely fashion. These applications that complete earlier then get distributed for admission officers to review. It makes our lives easier the more we can spread the 7,000 applications (we receive about 3,500 applications and every app is read by two admission officers) out over 8-10 weeks. Also, occasionally a credential remains missing after the student submits his/her application. The earlier we process your application, the sooner we can communicate with you if we still need a credential to complete your file.
So, while you hopefully have time to see friends and family, eat well and get some much deserved relaxation from a busy school year, I hope you’ll spend some time fine tuning and completing your applications and even consider hitting “submit” in late December/early January, weeks before Whitman’s stated deadline. Our staff will be ready to process your materials and the admission officers and I will be honored to read your application when it completes. Best wishes with the preparation of your application and Happy Holidays from the Whitman Admission Staff.
Director of Admission