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What does getting a likely letter actually mean in the admissions process?

Hey everyone! I’ve been seeing a lot of chatter about 'likely letters' popping up and I’m a little confused. Can someone explain what a likely letter is and how it differs from a regular admission letter? Are they sent out by all colleges or just some? Thanks in advance!

7 months ago

Hey there! Great question—it can be really confusing to keep up with the different terms in the admissions process. A 'likely letter' is essentially a pre-admission note you might receive from a college signaling that you're a strong candidate and are very likely to be admitted.

It's different from an actual acceptance letter because it's not an official offer, but it's a very positive sign. Not all colleges send these out, and they're typically associated with highly selective schools that want to encourage exceptional students to attend. If you get one, congratulations—it means you've made a great impression!

7 months ago

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