It is usually hard to nail down exactly the reason you were not accepted — the decision is usually based on a combination of factors, as well as your overall place in that college’s current applicant pool.
Spending a year improving one’s academic performance by studying in a local college as a visiting or part-time student or enrolling full time in a community college or other institution where the chances are of doing well, and then applying as a transfer student. Working at a meaningful job or volunteering for a worthy nonprofit organization to demonstrate maturity, responsibility, and commitment. Studying and practicing on admissions tests to improve one’s scores while also doing either number 1 or number 2. Completing a specific course that is a requirement for the particular department or school within the college to which you applied.
If I apply to three schools and I am rejected by one, do the other two know that?
If my SAT Math score does not seem to fall into the acceptable ranges of the Colleges I apply to, is there a great chance that I will not be accepted?
– Nandita There is always a chance you won’t be accepted at a college.
You should not give up, but should continue to communicate with the colleges about your interest level in them, and your ongoing academic and extracurricular work.
The very specific advice you got from your first college is classic.
Make sure to deposit at one school you have been admitted to, prior to May 1, so you don’t lose your spot. If your child is not admitted what should be in the appeal letter and is it likely that this will work?
– Christine Once admissions officers make their decisions, usually an agonizing experience for them when there are too many qualified candidates, they have to stand with this.
The National Association of College Admissions Counselors, a professional, nonprofit organization to which the great majority of colleges belong, has established rules on issues such as this.
Sharing confidential information on applicants between colleges is strongly discouraged.
Because no two colleges receive the same exact group of applicants in any given admissions cycle, an applicant may be admitted to one college but not to another, even though their general requirements are very similar.