Multiple deposits put your admission at risk

Most colleges require admitted students to declare their intention to enroll by May 1, and to do so by sending a non-refundable deposit. If you’re in the enviable position of considering offers of admission from multiple desirable colleges and you have trouble picking just one, you might be tempted to buy time and place deposits at more than one school (a practice colleges and counselors call “double-depositing”). But please don’t do it, for all the reasons I outlined in this past post.

If those reasons aren’t enough, here’s another. If you applied using the Common Application, the signature page you submitted included this language:

I affirm that I will send an enrollment deposit (or equivalent) to only one institution; sending multiple deposits (or equivalent) may result in the withdrawal of my admission offers from all institutions.

Sending multiple deposits is bad form, it sets a bad precedent, and it just might result in your receiving new—bad—admissions news.