Once accepted, an Offer of Admission is mailed to the applicant’s address on file. An applicant will be required to confirm their acceptance by signing and returning their acceptance letter along with the required tuition deposit by the deadline indicated in their letter. A portion of the tuition deposit is refundable prior to 20 business days before the first day of the term, after which the entire deposit is non-refundable. International deposits are non-refundable unless a visa denial letter is received in Admissions prior to the start date of the term.
Orthodoxy runs deep. Last year I was traveling with a colleague from Yale. He had recently spent a week on a reservation helping Native American students navigate the college process, and he had been shocked by the degree to which the cliches and tropes of college essays had penetrated into their world. As he told me, the essays his students - who had lived vastly different lives than most mainstream applicants - were writing were indistinguishable from those written by applicants in southeastern Connecticut. They were composed of billowing clouds of "my global perspective" and "future potential as a leader" and "desire to leverage my education" to bllllllaurhfhasklafsafdghfalkasf.