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College Rejection Letters May Not Be Final Decisions

You Have More Options than You Think

Sarasota, Florida, USA – WEBWIRE

Wish cautions families not to panic. She says that rejection "is not the end of your future...There are lots of pathways to get where you are going. Dreams can be filled if you are flexible."

By now colleges and graduate programs have sent out  most of their acceptance decisions, but if you received a letter of rejection or wait-list, you might have a second chance at acceptance. 

Information from respected organizations such as the American Enterprise Institute can seem discouraging.  Acceptance rates can be low because students tend to use the common app to apply to more schools.  And the college  rankings that range from most competitive to less competitive depend, in part, on how many students they accept. 

Yet, according to the Center for Public Education, applicants in the top ten percent of their class had about a sixty-eight percent chance of getting accepted into a college ranked as highly competitive. 

Not widely known, however, are facts about how many students drop out or transfer during or after the freshman year.  And the college admission committees process varies within each school.  For example, some colleges arrange individual and group interviews to fill open slots--even if you already received a rejection letter.

So, how can you increase your chances of getting an acceptance?  Parents and students can “call the Admissions Office to schedule an interview or Skype meeting to discuss what can be done to make the application more competitive and appealing,” said LeslieBeth Wish, Ed. D. LCSW, founder of  in an article 3 Things to Do if Colleges Rejected You.

Some of Wish’s suggestions for applicants also include:

  • Attend a different college, study hard, boost your community involvement, take courses that will transfer and then apply as a transfer student for the sophomore year
  • Contact the college’s local chapter of graduates to schedule an interview
  • Attend summer school at your college of choice, study hard and ask the professor for a recommendation
  • Get a job at the college of your choice
  • Make a list of prominent people you know--or people who know prominent people--and ask for their assistance.

Wish has counseled many families and students and helped them strategize.  For example, she assisted students who received rejections secure personal interviews at the same school. She adds that she took her own advice when she was rejected at every college in her senior year in high school.  She graduated with honors from amongst the most top-ranked universities in the United States.


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