Also, are these chats in any way a screening or "mini-interview"? Would having not participated in one be a detriment to your standing with the admissions committees looking at each round of EA applicants?
Finally, is it true that every EA applicant will received some sort of notice by mail by Dec 24th, even if it is not the desired large white envelope full of joyful news?
Hi, Okay here is what I have so far. Our son made the EA deadline and was reviewed. He has received a "deferral" letter which says they will look at him again under Regular Admission (provided he sends a mid-year transcript or letter of recommendation or other update to his application). I am confident that all EA applicants will get a letter before Christmas, either an Appointment, or a deferral, that's it.
As far as the online chat, I think they do this as an info. session for parents and candidates and is in no way a mini interview at all.
As far as who it is open to: I am pretty sure it is open, even though it says "by invitation only." What happened to my son is that the day after he received the "deferral" letter, we got an email saying "our files show your application is not complete and we are very interested in you, please joing the online chat..." I immediately called USCGA and they said it was a computer glitch, that his application is complete, that he was reviewed under EA and that his application is deferred to regular admission, and that he is still welcome to join the chat... To make the long story short, we wait for the regular decision-decision
As far as letters, hang in there, everyone will get one either way. Did your kid receive any confirmation that his/her EA application was complete? Mine did not, but others had, so I am not sure what drives the confirmation letters. If in doubt, call the admissions office, make sure his/her application is complete and they don't need anything else, the wait...I know, it is so hard!!! We are currently waiting on the member of congress nomination for the other academies...I am also driving my family crazy!