As college application season unfolds, many students find themselves in a nerve-wracking position. If you’re admitted, CONGRATULATIONS! A job very well done! If you’re rejected, I’m sorry, but I can't stress enough that a mere rejection from a college doesn’t define who you are.
If you're waitlisted, you’re one of these hopeful individuals who are confused and might wonder if there's anything more you can do to sway the admissions committee. The answer for you is the Letter of Continued Interest (LOCI) – a powerful tool to reiterate your enthusiasm for the institutions and update the admissions team on any significant developments since submitting your initial application.
In this post, we'll guide you through the process of crafting a compelling LOCI, helping you stand out in a crowded pool of waitlisted applicants.
LOCI serves 2 purposes: expressing your ongoing interest in the school and updating the admissions committee on any noteworthy achievements or developments in your academic or extracurricular pursuits. It allows you to showcase your continued dedication to the institution.
Typically, LOCI is sent after you've received a decision and are placed on a waitlist. This ensures that you're not bombarding the admissions committee prematurely.
A well-crafted LOCI can make a significant difference
in the competitive admissions landscape
Express: Begin your letter by expressing your sincere enthusiasm for the school. Highlight specific aspects of the institution that resonate with you.
Update: Share any noteworthy accomplishments or developments since submitting your initial application, including improved test scores, academic achievements, or new extracurricular activities. Be concise and focus on how these achievements align with the values of the institution.
Reiterate: Emphasize how your academic and personal goals align with the university's mission and values. Discuss specific aspects of the institution that make it an ideal fit for your aspirations and how you see yourself contributing to the campus community.
Reaffirm: Clearly state your commitment to attending the school if admitted. Admissions committees appreciate applicants who are genuinely excited about the prospect of joining their community.
- Be formal and professional. Ensure that your letter is well-organized and easy to read. Address the admissions committee respectfully and thank them for their time and consideration.
- Think about this letter as your personal statement. There is simply no room for typos and grammatical errors. As Spark Prep always reminds our students, proofread, proofread, proofread. Yes, no fewer than 3 times of proofreading!
A well-crafted LOCI can make a significant difference in the competitive admissions landscape. At Spark Prep, we will comprehensively guide you through the college admissions journey, including LOCI. Reach out to us for a personalized college application strategy that can optimize your chance of admittance.
Last but not least, we wish you the best of luck on getting into your dream school!
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