If You’re Worried Then Call…
Typically, on the second Friday in February, UF comes out with their acceptance letters. My older daughter, my niece and my nephew all applied the same year. That made the acceptance date even more nerve-wracking as my sisters and I all waiting anxiously, wondering if all three would get accepted or perhaps none, or a combination.
As it turned out, two of the three got accepted, making that day bittersweet. While my sister and I were elated that our daughters got in, we felt bad for my sister whose son did not get accepted. Fast forward 8 years later and my sister would readily admit now that her son did not necessarily meet their qualifications. But back then, they both were devastated and she did call admissions.
Of course, this is for students that have been denied admission or been accepted into one of UF’s newer student programs. Rarely does UF reverse a decision, regardless of your alumni status. Taking some classes at Santa Fe State College may be part of transitioning over to UF, but if your student’s heart is set on being a Gator, it may be worth the effort…and the call. While going to Santa Fe does not guarantee you admission to UF, UF does admit more students from SF than any other state college. The majority are admitted including 88% of students in the Santa Fe honors program. Santa Fe offers several other programs and perks that can help your student become a Gator. You can read about them here.
Often, we are apprehensive about calling the admissions departments of any college for fear of somehow being blackballed for phoning. While we would not recommend calling the same day acceptances to come out, there is nothing wrong with placing a call (or rather having your student do so since this is the true beginning of advocating for themselves) a week or two later.
Acceptance day is difficult for students, and their parents, who had their heart set on being admitted. Perhaps they were admitted to the PACE program or Innovation Academy. While that may not be idyllic in their mind, talking to other students already enrolled in these programs or an advisor may make you rethink your opinion. You can read more about PACE and Innovation Academy from our interns’ perspective by clicking on the link.
So, what became of the three that applied in one year? My daughter graduated from UF and it was a great fit for her. My niece turned down her acceptance opting to take an alternative road and is working her dream job and my nephew received his Master’s degree in accounting from UCF and is gainfully employed. He had a great experience at UCF because he got involved and took advantage of all they had to offer.
Sometimes, while a student may not get their first choice, it is the parents that have a harder time accepting the news, more so than the students. Kids are fairly resilient so talk to your student, encourage them that they can still realize their dreams at another reputable college. You’ll often find, that everything works out in the long run.