Thank you for your time, it is much appreciated.HOLD is a good thing. It means you are on the NWL. Depending on how you rank with the others you have a chance of getting in. If not, you might be offered a scholarship to the Prep schools. Seriously consider taking it. Students have a high chance of getting in next year when they reapply.
Below is some great information from another member:
“NWL is where everybody goes at some point in the process. Hold is a good thing. It means you have made the cut to be considered. Just because there is a hold does not mean there is not a space. It only means that decisions have not been made.
USMMA fills slots on a state basis. As a result, before any appointment is made, they need to be able to look at all of the applicants from that state.
For the class of 2020, it seemed that appointments "rolled" across the country, during the time frame of end of March and early April. They did not make a lump mailing on one day. Then, there appeared to be a second round sometime at the end of April early May.
So, if state A has 1o slots, and State B has 4 slots. State A is found to have 12 applicants that the school wants. They can take 10 to fill up the state. But, State B only has 2 applicants that meet requirements. They can then take the 2 qualified from State A and fill in the spots left open in State B. There are a number of states that do not fill their spots. Some states have more than their number.
So what to do now, besides wait. Keep an open dialogue with your admissions counselor, and, any others you may have had contact with at the school. Keep an open dialogue with the coach if there is one in the picture. They can help with information on the process and possibly progress.”
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Thank you for your time and encouragement. It is greatly appreciated
@cousmma5280 was dead on in his explanation of "Hold Status," here is some more information on hold status, which an alumni friend has recently sent to me.
USMMA is required (by law) to offer admission to applicants based on their ranked order-of-merit by State. As candidate files are evaluated, some (whose overall standing is VERY high) are offered admission early-on, the majority, however, are placed in a "hold" status. Those candidates then wait until all applications are evaluated and rank-ordered. In the beginning of April when admissions have all completed files reviewed and sequenced, they make offers to fill the State quotas and then move to the National Waiting list. Hope this explanation helps. "Hold" status is a good thing and shows that your package was reviewed and found worthy to be competitive against others in your state....now they just have to review everyone else in your state and rank them before offers are made.
It is a tireless waiting game and hopefully will end very soon with good news.
We were in your position for the last two years (First year DS was eventually offered a spot at the prep school...second for admission to class of 2020) and the waiting is extremely stressful. (DS didn't get official word until mid-April) Just hang in there and continue to offer support to your DS/DD. (Have a backup plan, but don't give up) It has been worth it for my DS. He is exactly where he needs/wanted to be. This road wasn't meant to be easy and there will be many more difficult/stressful days ahead. Good luck.