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Have you made a decision yet on the next four years of your life?

Most U.S. colleges and universities require students planning to attend the Fall 2019 semester to enroll by May 1, which is known as National College Decision Day. Students need to formally accept their offer of admission and, in many cases, send in a non-refundable deposit to hold their spot in the class. At most four-year schools, this deadline is not flexible and those who miss it may be unable to enroll at their chosen university. However, some less selective universities, as well as two-year community colleges and vocational schools, usually do not hold to the May 1 deadline and may even allow students to enroll right up until the first day of class.

Enrollment requirements for international students at all U.S. institutions may include additional paperwork. Be sure to check the instructions on your admissions letter to make sure you have everything you need to make your commitment in time. If there are any questions, call or e-mail the admissions office for clarification.

It’s also a good idea to send emails to the admissions offices of any other schools at which you were accepted, letting them know that you will not be attending. In addition to being a courteous thing to do, this will allow those colleges and universities to offer your spot to prospective students who may have been placed on a wait list.

Once you make your decision, take some time to celebrate! You’ve worked hard and reached a major milestone.  Get set for an exciting journey in the fall.

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