Awaiting Admissions Decisions


Words of wisdom to high school seniors and their parents as they eagerly await Early Admission decisions now and Regular Admission decisions later.

College admissions decisions for the Early Decision admission plans are generally communicated to high school students between mid December and early February. Despite the fact that admissions decisions are not the measure of a young man’s or woman’s worth, academic potential or capacity as citizens, we erroneously imbue this process with the power to define his or her success. Decisions received, both admit and deny, are seen as conveying and denying opportunity.

The reality is that there is no one right school for any student. Furthermore, there are wonderful opportunities for students at a vast number of schools. Of course, where the student goes matters. But an education is not conferred by virtue of place. Rather it is earned by the student through hard work, effort and a willingness to grow, be challenged, take risks, interact with faculty and become engaged in the academic and extracurricular life of the community. What a student does in college and his or her interactions with faculty matters a lot. All of that, rather than the admission decision received, will ultimately define his or her success.

Published in The Loop ( December 18, 2008, as a Letter to the Editor in The Globe, the student newspaper of Mamaroneck High School, for January 2009, and as an Op Ed in the Nov/Dec 2011 edition of The Globe.

The CEP is the Certified Educational Planner which Jane holds, and is the mark of distinction for independent educational consultants and high school counselors.

Jane Hoffman is a Certified Educational Planner (CEP). The CEP is the mark of distinction for independent educational consultants and high school counselors. It reflects the highest level of professional achievement and signifies extensive knowledge and commitment to the profession and to providing the highest quality of service to students and families. It is conferred only after demonstration of expanded institutional and professional knowledge.

CEPIECANACACJane Hoffman is an active member of a number of professional associations in college admissions and counseling, including the American Institute of Certified Educational Planners (AICEP), the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). Jane is a graduate of IECA’s Practices and Principles Training Institute and adheres to IECA’s Principles of Good Practice. Since it is important to remain current, Jane frequently attends national conferences and participate in professional exchanges that provide the latest information on admission policies, practices, trends and developments. Jane regularly visit colleges and meets with admissions officers to learn about each school’s culture, educational programs, institutional priorities and admissions practices. Ongoing professional development activities also include taking courses online, completing webinars and consulting with colleagues.