Ethical Considerationss

The Department of College Guidance is committed to helping students and families through the college process while raising awareness of the ethical and moral considerations that may arise.  We understand that the college process is one filled with difficult decisions and personal challenges and as an active member of the National Association of College Admissions Counseling (NACAC), the Yeshivah of Flatbush must adhere to the 'Statement of Principles of Good Practice' to maintain the highest standards of integrity in regard to the college admission process.

Deposits

The recognized deadline for the commitment to enroll at a college is May 1.  Some colleges may offer later commitment dates but May 1 is the earliest date.  A deposit (and/or enrollment commitment) may only be made to ONE school.  Due to ethical considerations, moral obligations, college requirements, and the enrollment guidelines of the National Association of College Admission Counseling, a student is bound to attend a college if he or she has sent a deposit (or returned the online or paper commitment form) to that college.  Our school cannot compromise our position regarding the integrity of the college application process and our relationship with the admissions offices by assisting any student who does not abide by the rule of accepting only ONE offer of admission or deferring admission to only ONE college.  In addition, it is important to note that the college response to a student who chooses to make a commitment to more than one college may be (and has been) the revocation of the admission offer(s).

Deferrals

Many students choose to go to Israel in the year following high school graduation.  Generally these students will pay a deposit (or commit to enroll) at the college of their choice and then follow the college's process to request a deferral.  As stated above, students can only defer admission to ONE college as it is only acceptable to enroll at only ONE college; a deferral IS a commitment to attend that college.  While in Israel, some students have changed their mind as to where they want to attend college after the year in Israel.  We recognize that this can happen and do understand the reasons; however, as a result of this many of the affected colleges have provided direct, negative feedback to a number of the yeshiva high schools.  These are colleges that have granted deferrals to our students in good faith and then their trust has been betrayed.  Our school cannot compromise our position regarding the integrity of the college application process and our relationship with the admissions offices by assisting any student who does not abide by the rule of accepting only ONE offer of admission or deferring admission to only ONE college. We will not and can not send any transcripts or application materials to any college if the student has already committed to enroll at another institution.  In the extremely unusual case of circumstances resulting in a true need for that student to consider attending a different college from the one that the student had committed to enroll, that student must write a letter to the college, withdrawing his/her enrollment.  Only after that withdrawal has been acknowledged by the college and shared with the Department of College Guidance, can we assist a student with additional applications.  In other words, the student must release their seat at the college that is holding a space for them before applying for a seat at another college.  This may still result in a negative impact on the relationship that Yeshivah of Flatbush has with the affected college, which is why a student should only commit to (or defer from) a college if that student is 100% certain of the intent to enroll.

Early Decision (ED)

Seniors may choose to apply to one college under the 'Early Decision' plan - a binding application option. Binding means that if admitted, early decision applicants are contractually bound to enroll in that college; therefore, this option is only applicable to students who are 100% committed to enrolling at one particular school if accepted. Some colleges offer two ED rounds – both are binding.  A required aspect of any ED application is the contract signed by the student, parent and College Guidance Counselor.  As per this contract, students must withdraw all other pending college applications so it is critically important that the student's family is fully supportive of the financial and other obligation to the ED school. Early Decision can be beneficial to a student in the application process; however, the application should only be made by a student who is 100% committed to that college since an acceptance equals the student's guarantee to attend.  It is inappropriate - and unethical - for a student to apply under an ED plan if that college is not the true first choice for the student and family.