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Accepted! (but there's a catch): Spring admits and mandatory freshman study abroad

When a student applies to a college, they expect either a yes (admitted) or no (denied). However, sometimes they get a maybe (deferred) or maybe soon (waitlisted). In addition to these options are a few "yes, but..." scenarios. Yes, but... Scenario #1: The Spring admit: Many colleges, including USC, Rochester, Brandeis, Middlebury, Maryland, Cornell, Miami and Colorado College will accept a student, but... the fine print says they must begin at the college in January (ie spring semester). Why do colleges make this offer to some students? Every school knows that they will have empty dorm room beds in the spring because many students will study abroad in the spring (or drop out or transfer). E