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Acceptances & Deposits & May 15th

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by wanderbray, Apr 23, 2002.

  1. wanderbray

    wanderbray Junior Member

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    I was wondering...

    What happens when you send in your deposit for a school that you've been accepted to? Will other schools you're applying to stop processing your application? <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" />
    Is it possible to still be accepted to another school even though you've sent in your deposit to the first?

    My girlfriend & I are trying to figure out which school we're going to go to (ok, she, but hey - I'm going too <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" /> ), and the second school may be running a little behind. As in not letting us know before May 15th. Should we let the first school know that we're still waiting to hear back from the other so they don't do anything crazy? (We've already sent in the deposit)

    Any info would be very helpful!!
    Thanks!!!
     
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  3. panda01

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    Check AAMC's website for the rules. Basically you can only hold ONE acceptance after May 15. If you get into a school you like after AFTER May 15, you just withdraw from the school you're holding and send a deposit to the new school. And no, schools keep considering you even if you're holding multiple acceptances (ie. have sent in $$) UNLESS it's after May 15. Then they start getting pissy.
     
  4. oldman

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    you can get a refund on a desposit at most schools as long as you withdraw prior to may 15.

    it's ok to have deposits in multiple schools. just don't hold multiple acceptances post may 15.
     
  5. Doctora Foxy

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    ok, so today I sent my $100 deposit to Finch and I circled "shall attend" on the "letter of intent" they provided. So, if I get into a school I'd rather go to, they will refund that money by May 15th? And otherwise, they keep it? Does everyone (prior to may 15th) typically send in the deposit to every school you get into? (unless of course you immediately withdraw)

    And will schools really send back the deposits? Do they have to receive your withdrawal by May 15th, or postmarked by May 15th?
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Doctora Foxy:
    <strong>ok, so today I sent my $100 deposit to Finch and I circled "shall attend" on the "letter of intent" they provided. So, if I get into a school I'd rather go to, they will refund that money by May 15th? And otherwise, they keep it? Does everyone (prior to may 15th) typically send in the deposit to every school you get into? (unless of course you immediately withdraw)

    And will schools really send back the deposits? Do they have to receive your withdrawal by May 15th, or postmarked by May 15th?</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">i sent in a deposit at all the schools
    when i withdrew, i asked for my money back :)

    mcw sent me a letter saying they will send me a check in the mail. :)
     
  7. vyc

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    yay for UChicago! they don't require deposits!
     
  8. bubblebear

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    NYU is pretty nasty about it. I got a letter saying I have to send in a withdrawal letter "postmarked no later than May 1st" in order to get my deposit back.
     
  9. SMW

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    I've already received 2 deposit refunds -- from Albany and USC.
     
  10. oh wow, we get our deposits back?!

    yaaaah :p
     
  11. trouta

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    You can actually still hold multiple acceptances after May 15th. Its just that at that point schools have the right to exert some pressure on you (threatning to pull your acceptance unless you make a decision etc). From what I understand though, they do not have to refund your deposit after May 15th.

    By the way, if you are sitting on a waitlist you can be admitted to that school up until the day that you enroll at the school you are currently accepted at.
     
  12. wanderbray

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    Thanks so much for all the info! I feel so much better now! What a relief. :D

    Just one more truely simple question:

    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by trouta:
    <strong>You can actually still hold multiple acceptances after May 15th...&lt;snip&gt;...
    By the way, if you are sitting on a waitlist you can be admitted to that school up until the day that you enroll at the school you are currently accepted at.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">How is enrollment effected? Is it when you send in your first huge batch of $$$? The first day of class? Choosing the schedule? (ok, well, not much to choose, but you get the idea...) What is the defining characteristic?

    Thanks so much y'all!
     
  13. wanderbray

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    Hey All,
    I just checked out the AAMC site (Thanks Panda01!!) and if any of y'all have more questions like me this link should be really helpful.
    <a href="http://www.aamc.org/students/applying/policies/recommendations.htm" target="_blank">AAMC - AMCAS Acceptance Procedures</a>

    Thanks again for all the info!
     
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  14. trouta

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    Enrollment, I am told, means beginning to take classes. So, you could get off the waitlist up until your first day of class at your accepted school. Unfortunately, your tuition deposit likely will be forfeited.
     
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    does that mean technically, we can go to the orientation of the first school, then get accepted to the second school, and still go to the second school? i.e. orientation doesn't count as enrollment?
     
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  17. Doctora Foxy

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    Quoting from the amcas link above:
    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif"> After an applicant has enrolled in a U.S. school of medicine or begun a brief orientation program contiguous to enrollment, no further acceptances should be offered to that individual. Once enrolled in a school, students have an obligation to withdraw their applications promptly from all other schools. Enrollment is defined as being officially registered as a member of the first-year entering class at a school.
    </font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">This SUCKS and I'll tell you why. I think Cobragirl got into UF in July last year off of the waitlist. Finch starts July 22nd. So any school that would have accepted me late in the game will not be able to accept me since I will have to withdraw. Sucks sucks sucks. :mad: UF would save me sooooooo much money if I get in off the alternate list. :mad: I would be willing to pay my initial tuition payment to Finch and then withdraw if I get into UF. It would still be saving a ton of money in the long run, but I guess once orientation starts, that's it. Should I tell UF this in my letter so they know to accept me quickly?
     
  18. Papa Smurf

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Doctora Foxy:
    <strong>Quoting from the amcas link above:
    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif"> After an applicant has enrolled in a U.S. school of medicine or begun a brief orientation program contiguous to enrollment, no further acceptances should be offered to that individual. Once enrolled in a school, students have an obligation to withdraw their applications promptly from all other schools. Enrollment is defined as being officially registered as a member of the first-year entering class at a school.
    </font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">This SUCKS and I'll tell you why. I think Cobragirl got into UF in July last year off of the waitlist. Finch starts July 22nd. So any school that would have accepted me late in the game will not be able to accept me since I will have to withdraw. Sucks sucks sucks. :mad: UF would save me sooooooo much money if I get in off the alternate list. :mad: I would be willing to pay my initial tuition payment to Finch and then withdraw if I get into UF. It would still be saving a ton of money in the long run, but I guess once orientation starts, that's it. Should I tell UF this in my letter so they know to accept me quickly?</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Haha, you think you have it bad. Poor old BIOTN starts at FSU in 3 weeks unless UM accepts him b4 then! I wouldn't worry about it. The vast majority of waitlist movement will occur b/t May 15 and the end of June. After that, there's probably minimal movement, especially at schools like UF with high yields. In all likelihood, if you're going to get in, it'll be during that time frame.
     
  19. panda01

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    Hey Doctora--I think telling UF that in an honest, nice way can't hurt at all. I mean UF should understand that as a legit concern.

    Also I didn't notice this point in above posts, but if you are holding onto your one allowed spot at a school AFTER May 15th (ie. have sent them money) and get in off a waitlist and decide to withdraw from the first school, they will most likely keep your deposit. If you decide to matriculate at the first school, they usually apply your deposit to your tuition. (Wow! A whole whopping $100 to my 40K tuition... :) )
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by WatchaMaCallit:
    <strong>oh wow, we get our deposits back?!

    yaaaah :p </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">if you decide soon! :)
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by panda01:
    <strong>Hey Doctora--I think telling UF that in an honest, nice way can't hurt at all. I mean UF should understand that as a legit concern.

    Also I didn't notice this point in above posts, but if you are holding onto your one allowed spot at a school AFTER May 15th (ie. have sent them money) and get in off a waitlist and decide to withdraw from the first school, they will most likely keep your deposit. If you decide to matriculate at the first school, they usually apply your deposit to your tuition. (Wow! A whole whopping $100 to my 40K tuition... :) )</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">yeah I know this. Finch gave me 2 weeks to send in my deposit so I did it immediately. UVM didn't receive trout's deposit for a month due to a mail delay and they dropped his acceptance--I didn't want to risk anything. 100 dollars means nothing to me if I can get into the school of my dreams. <img border="0" alt="[Lovey]" title="" src="graemlins/lovey.gif" /> But if not, I'll be very happy and grateful to go to Finch. :D
     
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    Lilycat apparently told Baylor that she was about to enter the a pre-enrollment oreientation (I don't know the details of that program) and they got back to her basically telling her they will keep that in mind.
     
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    You are only supposed to hold one acceptance after May 15th...but they will let you make exceptions for special circumstances (ie. waiting on financial aid packages) as long as you keep the school informed of this. Most of the schools seem to be pushing this date ahead, making their deposits only refundable till May 1st. In fact, I just got a letter from NYU saying that according to the info they got from AMCAS, I am still holding acceptances at...(and then they listed the schools) and that I need to make a decision ASAP!
     
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    Yes, I realize this thread is two years old....but I did a search as I am curious about how this whole process works. First off, not all schools require a deposit before May 15th, correct? If I'm not mistaken, the BU deposit is not due until June 15th. If someone could verify that, that would be great. I just read something about someone losing their spot due to a lack of a deposit, and I definitely don't want that to happen.

    Are deposits ever refundable after May 15th?....I'm just wondering, because the BU deposit is $500, I believe, and it would be possible to get into another school after June 15th (not probable, but possible).....so would the $500 deposit just be lost if someone got into and decided to attend another school (after June 15th).

    Thanks!
     
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    well, I just got my letter from BU, and the non-refundable deposit is due by May 15th.....$500 dollars seems like a pretty hefty non-refundable deposit, but I don't suppose there is anything to be done about it. There's a good chance that I'll end up at BU, but since I haven't even heard from UMass, I can't be sure.....I know there are lots of others in my situation....in at BU and waiting for UMass.....why does the deposit have to be so much?!
     
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    Think about it though. It's a win win situation. If you put the 500 dollar deposit down for BU and you get into UMass, you're still saving a ridiculous amount of money. I say wait it out a long as possible for BU and then put the money down. If UMass accepts you in June, so what if you lost 500 bucks? You'll be paying like 3,000 dollars a year after you sign that contract!!!
     
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    Just so you know, they're not technically "rules" but if you read they are actually "recommendations" as set forth by the AAMC. Schools set their own rules, which may or may not be in accordance with the recommendations.

    The recommendations say that you may not have to decide if you are missing other information-- such as financial aid data, or status of your application. But again, contact the individuals schools for their input.
     
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    $500??? Yikes!!! :eek:

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