Getting Into College: Accepted

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Jacques Steinberg, senior vice president with Say Yes to Education, a national non-profit organization, and author of The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College, offers insight and advice for H.S. seniors and their parents facing the May 1 deadline to commit to a college choice -- including what factors to weigh in the decision, navigating financial aid and whether "double depositing" is fair play.


Jacques Steinberg

Comments [8]


It is highly unethical and goes against all "rules" set forth by professional organizations.......students should be able to make up their minds without taking up a slot that otherwise might become available to a wait listed student.

Apr. 23 2014 07:58 PM
matt from brooklyn

I think its unethical to send your kids to these hugely expensive institutions. These schools are in collusion with the big banks. The banks give easy credit to any student which in turn makes it easy for the schools to keep gouging, getting all these folks into a debt cycle. Really it seems to me like racketeering? Didn't Columbia get a 1.1million dollar fine a few years ago because they were steering students to higher interest loans.. If there was mass exodus to state schools or Canadian then they would get the msg!

Apr. 23 2014 12:17 PM
KJH from NYC

in 2010 my daugher was waitlisted by her top 4 colleges. In a way it would have been better to have been rejected outright in a way. April was a torturous month with a carrot dangling, but still having to make a decision on second choices. It was hard for her to be clear headed and optimistic. It ended up well, with one of the colleges she was waitlisted on Fed Ex-ing an acceptance on May 1st--almost immediately after we had FINALLY sent a deposit to one of the lesser-choice colleges to make the April 30th deadline (boy do I wish I had unethically stopped that check!).
She happily took that offer and is graduating in May! But being on so many waitlists was AWFUL and I consider that she was a victim of the practice of colleges covering their butts to make sure their seats are full.

Apr. 23 2014 12:12 PM
mick from Inwood

If colleges wait list 100% of their class, which is patently unethical by any reasonable criteria, then parents should feel no qualms about double depositing.

Apr. 23 2014 11:56 AM

Why should the student aid the school, when the school is setting up pseudo-waitlists (as Brian points out) for their own gains?

Apr. 23 2014 11:54 AM

Does it ever matter WHICH school is picked?

Apr. 23 2014 11:53 AM

I love the point about the larger schools. I always went to large universities, but within departments there was always a tighter community at the graduate level. At the undergraduate level, the large universities I attended gave me such a rich diversity of potential course work and great networking.

Apr. 23 2014 11:51 AM
katie from westchester

I strongly recommend attending the accepted students day at your child's top choice(s). It's a very different experience returning to a school that you know you've been accepted to versus hoping to be accepted to!

Apr. 23 2014 11:47 AM

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