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Princeton letter of continued interest?

In case I get deferred during the early action round for Princeton, should I send them a letter of continued interest to express my dedication to the school? How should I go about writing a strong letter? Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

6 months ago

If you are deferred during the early action round, it's a good idea to send Princeton a letter of continued interest (LOCI) to emphasize your dedication and commitment to the University. Keep in mind that while it may not guarantee admission, a well-crafted LOCI can have a positive impact on your application and demonstrate your genuine interest in attending.

Here are some tips for writing a strong LOCI:

1. Be concise and to the point: Aim for about 300-500 words. Remember, admissions officers are busy, and your letter should quickly and effectively communicate your continued interest.

2. Express gratitude: Begin your letter by thanking the admissions committee for considering your application. Respect their decision to defer you and express your appreciation for the extra time they'll spend reviewing your application.

3. Reiterate your interest in the University: Explain what specifically draws you to Princeton and why it remains your top choice. Be specific about the courses, professors, or research opportunities that excite you.

4. Update on accomplishments: Briefly mention any new accomplishments or experiences you've had since you submitted your application. This can include academic achievements, awards, extracurricular involvement, internships, or other significant personal developments. Focus on those that strengthen your application or highlight your growth and commitment.

5. Be respectful and don't demand admission: Do not argue or criticize their decision to defer you. Instead, remain positive and express your enthusiasm for the opportunity to be reevaluated in the regular decision pool.

6. Proofread and edit: This letter is another opportunity to showcase your writing skills. Do not detract from your message with careless errors. Edit and proofread thoroughly to ensure a polished and well-written LOCI.

Once you've written your LOCI, it is advisable to send it to your regional admissions officer via email, as they are typically the person reviewing your application. Attach your LOCI as a PDF, and be sure to include your full name and Princeton application number in your email. It's generally best to send your LOCI in January or early February to stay ahead of the regular decision review and maximize its impact on your application.

Also check out this CollegeVine article for advice on writing a strong LOCI: https://blog.collegevine.com/deferred-or-waitlisted-tips-for-writing-a-letter-of-continued-interest

Best of luck with your application, and I hope these tips help you craft an effective and compelling letter of continued interest!

6 months ago

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