Tomorrow may be April Fools Day, but it's no joke for many high school seniors.
That's when many will find out which colleges they got accepted into.
Students, teachers, and counselors will tell you the pressure is always on.
But thanks to new technologies, colleges are the ones stressing even more starting tomorrow.
"As a whole, it was pretty stressful," said Ford Carson
"I just made the decision, it just felt right," Anne Johnson said.
Johnson and Carson are seniors at Patrick Henry High School
They say they're two of the lucky ones, they've got next year all lined up.
"I'm glad it's done," Carson said.
These days, high school advisers characterize getting in as, "A game. You have to put all the pieces in the right places and just to figure out where the student's going to fit best and where they're going to be more successful," Julie Drewry, the head of secondary education for Roanoke City Schools.
Lately, playing the game has meant students are putting their hat in many rings.
Many colleges have moved the applications process online, making it much easier to apply to multiple places.
"It was helpful that they were all online and a lot of them you could use the same information, tweak some essays to match what their prompt was," said Anne Johnson.
"They can apply to many colleges with one click, so to speak and so we are seeing more applications, all colleges are," said Brenda Poggendorf. Poggendorf has worked in Roanoke College's admissions office for nearly 30 years. She says we're a far cry from the days of paper applications.
So while students are stressing about which school will let them in, college admissions officials stress because they can only choose one college. Poggendorf says Roanoke College received a record number of applications and gave a record number of yes's this year.
"Where the students have been sometimes waiting several months for a decision sometimes, now we get to wait," Poggendorf said.
After April 1, the next important deadline is May 1, when colleges need to know what the numbers will be. As for advice on how to make that decision, it's abstract, but sounds the same.
"Listen to their heart as well as their head in making the decision," Poggendorf said.
"Just do what feels right and everything happens for a reason. If you get into one school but not another, there's a reason for that," said Anne Johnson.
Go with what feels right for you and what you want to study," said Ford Carson.
Wise words for a big decision.