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can I ask for deadline extension? [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2014, 01:44
I applied for 6 schools in total, 2 reach, 2 match, 2 safety. I applied for all schools during R2, so applications in Jan, decisions out by late March.

I was admitted into one of my safety schools with full scholarship + stipend, it is a very good offer. However, they just notified me early this week, with a decision deadline at the end of the month.

One of the "match" school is located only 15min drive away from my house, and I will also qualify for in state tuition, so I will be very satisfied going to the match school also. The decision date comes out 1st week of March.

My safety school gave me offer much earlier than I expected, and I can't quite make a good decision at this point. Is it ok to ask the adcom to extend the decision deadline by a week?
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Re: can I ask for deadline extension? [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2014, 09:00
It's definitely ok to ask. You don't need to explain exactly why you want the extension, you can just say that this is a very big decision and you would like a little more time to talk about it with your family or something.

Some schools are more flexible with extensions than others, but you never know until you ask.
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Re: can I ask for deadline extension? [#permalink] New post 23 Feb 2014, 14:46
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It's also completely acceptable to pay the deposit and say you will attend, and then go to a different school. Very common, but you lose your deposit.

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