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This might seem premature, but I can't seem to find a straight answer to these questions and I think they might be useful for others, too.

I applied to four Ontario schools and received my first offer today (from Osgoode). I applied knowing that I would accept Osgoode UNLESS I am given an offer by U of T (which might be a stretch this cycle). I've also heard that provisional acceptances will affect other open offers but am not sure about their impact on potential offers.

Seeing as I only have one open offer, my question is two-fold: (a) will a provisional acceptance of Osgoode's offer affect U of T's decision and; (b) is there any reason why I should feel compelled to provisionally accept Osgoode this early? (i.e. is there some sort of additional guarantee that is conferred by a provisional acceptance?)

Thanks, and good luck to all!

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9 minutes ago, undertheletter said:

This might seem premature, but I can't seem to find a straight answer to these questions and I think they might be useful for others, too.

I applied to four Ontario schools and received my first offer today (from Osgoode). I applied knowing that I would accept Osgoode UNLESS I am given an offer by U of T (which might be a stretch this cycle). I've also heard that provisional acceptances will affect other open offers but am not sure about their impact on potential offers.

Seeing as I only have one open offer, my question is two-fold: (a) will a provisional acceptance of Osgoode's offer affect U of T's decision and; (b) is there any reason why I should feel compelled to provisionally accept Osgoode this early? (i.e. is there some sort of additional guarantee that is conferred by a provisional acceptance?)

Thanks, and good luck to all!

First of all congratulations!

I think the deadline is April 1st to accept, so I don't think there is any rush at the moment.

The only thing I could think of, is potentially there is an online open house before the deadline; which may be a reason to accept early.

I'm applying for the first time however, so my comments are just based on what I've read. 

 

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Congrats on your acceptance to Osgoode!  You have up until April 1 to accept an offer provisionally. When you make a provisional acceptance, all other offers that you have received will then be gone. You may only hold one provisional acceptance. However, all schools you have not yet heard from will still be assessing your app and making a decision. 

Your provisional acceptance to Osgoode will not affect U of T's assessment. In my opinion, no, there is no reason to accept an offer provisionally this early. It is of no advantage to you. If you have other apps in, and you know for certain that you will accept Osgoode, or U of T should you receive an offer from them, you may/should be withdrawing your other apps, as a courtesy, both to the schools and to the others who are waiting. 

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14 minutes ago, erinl2 said:

Congrats on your acceptance to Osgoode!  You have up until April 1 to accept an offer provisionally. When you make a provisional acceptance, all other offers that you have received will then be gone. You may only hold one provisional acceptance. However, all schools you have not yet heard from will still be assessing your app and making a decision. 

Your provisional acceptance to Osgoode will not affect U of T's assessment. In my opinion, no, there is no reason to accept an offer provisionally this early. It is of no advantage to you. If you have other apps in, and you know for certain that you will accept Osgoode, or U of T should you receive an offer from them, you may/should be withdrawing your other apps, as a courtesy, both to the schools and to the others who are waiting. 

Thank you!

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