While some will burst into tears of joy after opening up their envelopes, others will cry of frustration and disappointment for not being accepted into their top college.
New York University sent out a lot of tear-inducing letters this year, some 30,000, and they're seeing the effects come back to them as family members of denied applicants call them seeking answers.
Many are confused about why their son or daughter was denied.
"I think part of it is desperation," Myles Tanzer, editor-in-chief of NYU local, said. "But part of it is also just looking for answers."
"Admissions Ambassadors" answer these frantic calls, and are in disbelief at how angry some parents are.
One ambassador recalls a time when a mother called saying that her daughter was African American and should have been accepted.
"My daughter is an African American student - I demand to talk to the Head of Diversity Initiatives!" she said.
She then demanded the name of the person who leads the Diversity Initiatives.
Another parent called to say that her daughter should have been accepted over her friend because she had a better GPA.
"Well, we were wondering because her friend who had a lower GPA, SAT score, and fewer extra-curricular activities got into NYU. What makes him better than my daughter?" she asked.
When the ambassador said she could not answer the question, the caller said, "Well this is so unfair! My daughter deserves to go to NYU more than her friend!"
But the most surprising call was from a little boy who told the ambassador that his older brother needed to get into the school because it was his top choice.
"That one made me cringe," Tanzer said. "You just feel even worse when a cute little brother is trying to help out his sad older brother."
She thinks that the calls are from parents who have urged their children to do well in school and are shocked to find out that everything they have been doing was not enough to get them into the school.
Many of the students have good GPAs, high SAT scores and volunteer hours. They are used to succeeding.
"These are the honor roll kids, the varsity athletes who do it all right," Tanzer said. "A lot of them aren't used to not getting what they expect to get, so they just need to know why this is happening to them."
Tanzer hopes the students will figure out the best path to take.
"Sometimes things don't go your way and sometimes that's for the best," she said.