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Should I follow up on my application? Answering your FAQ

As you complete your boarding school application and wait for admission decisions to be mailed, you may be one of the many students who start to wonder, “Should I follow up on my application?”

Should I follow up on my application?

Making sure your boarding school application is complete is a crucial part of the boarding school admissions process, and yes, you should follow up on your application to ensure that it’s complete. However, calling the admission office every day to check on the status of your application isn’t a good idea.

At Cheshire Academy, we have an online portal called MyCheshire that allows applicants to check on their application elements. Check the online portal as often as you like, but don’t call or email constantly. If you send an email or call the office, give them a few days to respond. If you don’t hear back after that, then you may want to check in again. If the office tells you to give them a certain period of time, be sure to follow their instructions.

How do I follow up on my application?

Start online. Many boarding schools have online portals that include admission checklists so that you can see for yourself if all the components of your application. It can sometimes take the admission office up to two weeks (or even longer) during busy periods to process all the received components of the application, so give it a few days.

If the school doesn’t have an online application portal, you can always call or email the office to inquire on the status of your application and what’s missing. Remember, don't call or email constantly. Contact them once, and be patient. 

What should I do if my teachers haven’t finished their recommendations?

First, ask your teachers politely if they have finished the recommendations. They may have completed them, but the admission office hasn’t processed them yet. If they have submitted their recommendations, find out when they sent them in, and then assume that the admission office needs up to two weeks to process the paperwork. If the appropriate period of time has passed, then you can follow up with admission office to see if your paperwork was misplaced.

If they haven’t sent them in yet, remind them of the deadlines and ask if there’s anything you can do to help. Providing them with self-addressed stamped envelopes is a great help if the school requires a paper copy. If there’s an online link they need to use, offer to send them an email with the link again so they don’t have to search in their inbox for your original message.

⇨ Learn more about teacher recommendations.

What do I do if I missed the application deadlines?

First off, don’t panic. Call the admission office and ask if they accept applications after the deadline. Many boarding schools move to a rolling admission basis after the initial deadline, which means they accept applications until all spaces are filled. If they are accepting applications after the deadline, be sure to get yours completed as soon as possible. The earlier you apply, the better.

⇨ Learn more about Rolling Admissions.

When will I find out if I’m accepted to boarding school?

Most schools operate on a schedule for application, decision, and enrollment deadlines. Check out this blog to learn more about the deadlines for all stages of the admissions process.

Stacy Jagodowski

Written by Stacy Jagodowski

Ms. Jago joined the Cheshire Academy community in August 2013 as the director of strategic marketing and communications. Prior to coming to Cheshire Academy, she spent six years working in communications offices at both colleges and private school, as well as five years in admission at both boarding schools and day schools.

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