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Do you know what a double-deposit is? How about why a college might send a likely letter? There are a lot of new terms that appear during the college application process, but there’s no need to worry, read our list of common terminology and take a look at the helpful links here.


List of 13 items.

  • Acceptance Rate

    The acceptance rate is the percentage of applications accepted out of the total number of applications a college receives. Highly selective colleges have lower acceptance rates; less selective colleges have higher acceptance rates. Acceptance rate does not correlate to quality of education at a college. Colleges may seek to increase number of applications in order to lower their admissions rates. 
  • Certification of Finances

    International students will need to submit financial certification information along with every application. Each college must receive original copies of 1) a statement from your parents’ bank confirming their amount of funds in United States dollars, and 2) a letter from your parents confirming that they have enough money to pay your tuition. These documents are necessary in order for the college to help the student obtain a student visa if he or she is accepted and enrolls.
  • Deferral

    When a student applies to a college Early Decision or Early Action and is deferred, he or she is not denied. A deferral means that the student’s application is saved to be re-read within the Regular Decision pool of applicants. Sometimes students are deferred because colleges would like to wait and see their second trimester senior year grades. 
  • Deferring Admission

    When a student wishes to accept the offer of admission to one college but pursue a gap year before starting classes at the college. 
  • Demonstrated Interest

    Many colleges and universities these days are tracking how many times you demonstrate interest in their school by visiting the campus, filling out information cards, interviewing, meeting the admissions rep here on the CH-CH campus, meeting admissions reps at college fairs, etc. For some colleges, the more points you receive for demonstrated interest, the more likely you are to be accepted. Some colleges even state that the closer you are to the campus geographically, the more points of demonstrated interest they expect from you.
  • Double-depositing

    Double-depositing is considered completely inappropriate and unethical in the college admissions and college counseling worlds. When a student deposits a check at a college or university by May 1, he or she should never deposit another check at any other institution. Only one deposit is allowed per student. 
  • Fee Wavier

    Students whose parents meet certain guidelines and who receive a significant amount of financial aid to attend CH-CH may qualify for fee waivers, which allow the student to waive the fees associated with standardized test registration, sending test scores and application fees. See your college counselor for more information.
  • Gap Year

    Many students are choosing to take gap years in between high school and college for a variety of reasons. Some kids feel very passionate about a specific program or cause and they would like to spend some time directing their energies to that end before going to college. Some students feel that they are not ready to attend college yet and would like to work or travel before matriculating. Students are encouraged to apply to colleges in their senior year even if they plan on a gap year. They can usually defer matriculation until the following school year with the college’s permission.
  • Likely Letter

    This is a communication offered by very few colleges just to say to a student, “We like you, and you might be accepted.” However, this never guarantees an acceptance.
  • Score-Choice

    College Board now allows a student to choose which SAT test score he or she would like to send to colleges. A student may still send more than one score, but most colleges no longer require scores from every test sitting. A few of the most selective colleges still require students to send all scores.
  • Superscore

    Colleges will superscore an SAT test when they evaluate a student based on the highest scores on separate sections of the SAT test among different test dates. For example, they may consider the highest Math score from May, the highest Critical Reading score from October and the highest Writing score from November.
  • Waitlist

    This is a tool that admissions offices use more commonly in the spring, when they would like to accept an applicant but are not sure that they will have room for him or her in the freshman class. As students begin depositing at colleges May 1, then colleges know which students are and are not going to enroll, and they can begin to accept students off of the waitlist. Sometimes students are accepted off the waitlist in the summertime.
  • Yield

    The yield is the number of students who are accepted to a college and who choose to attend that college. Colleges aim for the highest yield possible as it reflects favorably upon the college. 

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