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Mid-Year Update

It’s that time of year. The MIT February update is due in less than 2 weeks. Even if your schools don’t require a midyear update, it’s a great time to reach out to admissions committees and let them know all those awards you’ve won and events you’ve been involved with since you submitted your application. So, what do you and your students need to know about updating the admissions committee?

1. Gather Up All Your Updates

Have your students think of everything that’s happened since they sent in their applications. Have they won any awards? Taken any classes that would be pertinent to their major that weren’t already listed on their applications? Done any volunteer work? Talk through your student’s achievements since their applications went in. Have them talk with their counselors or friends too. Often there are things to include in these requested updates that your students may not think of right away. Spend some time brainstorming with them about what they’ve been up to for the past several months.

2. Think Through Your Format

Often the requested updates are short on word limit, so your student needs to think through their format depending on how many items they have to update the school on. If your student has a lot of updates to talk about, a bulleted list with a few sentences per item may work best. If your student only has a couple of updates to make, they can work it into a short essay, telling a story about the update.

3. Update Other Schools

Not every school has a required mid-year update form. That doesn’t mean your student shouldn’t update those schools with their post-application accomplishments, though. Your student can email the admissions committee with their updates, being sure to reference their application number or any identifying information so the update can be added to their file. Be sure to review the email before your student sends it to make sure it’s polite and enthusiastic. This is another chance for them to express their interest in the school, so make sure that comes across.

Hopefully these tips will help you and your student handle the mid-year update to the best of your abilities. If you have any last-minute questions, feel free to contact me at jessica@impresstheivies.com.

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