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Difference between being admitted and accepted?

I'm a bit confused about the terms admitted and accepted. Is there any difference between being admitted to a college and being accepted? I've seen both terms used, and I want to be sure I understand correctly. Thanks in advance for your help!

6 months ago

Hi! No problem, happy to help clear up the confusion. In the context of college admissions, "admitted" and "accepted" generally mean the same thing. When a college sends an acceptance letter or an admission offer, they are indicating that you have been chosen to join their incoming class. In other words, you've been granted a spot at the college based on your application's merit.

Sometimes, the term "accepted" can have an additional meaning, specifically relating to the student's response to an admission offer. After receiving an offer of admission, a student typically has until May 1st to make a decision. When a student confirms their decision to attend a specific college, they are considered to have "accepted" the offer. This is when the student commits (usually including a deposit) and notifies the school of their intention to enroll.

In general, however, the terms "admitted" and "accepted" can be used interchangeably to refer to a student being offered a place at a college.

6 months ago

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