In an earlier post I talked about the appeals process, and for many of you it may be worthwhile to see what new information you can send to convince the admissions committee that you’re a student they want.
On the other hand – they turned you down! If they don’t realize just how special you are, it’s time to tell them to take a long walk on a short plank while you focus on other options. Or you may not even have applied anywhere yet. Either way, there are plenty of options still out there.
The most obvious is to go to an open enrollment institution, most of which are still accepting applications. Most of the community colleges and other schools that only require high school graduation will still be accepting applications and admitting students right up until courses start. There’s a good chance this could save you some money, and colleges all over the country are getting smarter about recruiting and accepting transfers from the community college system. Despite the negative reputations that you may hear, I’ve found that most community colleges are great places for a freshman year. They still have clubs, organizations, and many have athletics, honors programs, and incredible facilities.
And bear in mind – no one knows where you got admitted or denied or when you applied unless you tell them. You can “choose” to stay close to home for a year or two – perception is what you make of it.
You should also be aware that quite a few universities that say they have tight deadlines may make exceptions if you have something they really want. Every year in the first week in April, for instance, some student will seek me out that only applied to one or two institutions. Regular readers of my rambling know I recommend not getting overly excited about so few schools, and especially not if they accept only one in ten applicants. Unfortunately, not everyone listens to me as attentively as you should. Many such students will have terrific grades and wonderful scores, but now have no admission letters. Others, even very talented, bright students, might not yet have applied at all, and find themselves in the same boat. If that is your case, you might check out a few schools where your profile would put you at the top of their class. While they aren’t generally accepting applications, I’ve found that many will accept a student who, for that school, has a great profile.
Bad note to send with this application, “I didn’t get in where I WANTED to go, so I’ve decided to LET you include me in your class, for which you should be grateful because I find your school distasteful.”
Good note to send with this application, “I didn’t originally look at your school – foolish me. If only I had realized what a wonderful fit this is for me as the X program is just what I’ve wanted and I believe I could make a wonderful contribution to your student body by doing Y if only you’d let me have the chance to apply late. Please consider me and if by some chance you do and I take the wonderful opportunities that your great school provides and become ridiculously wealthy I will no doubt donate a new admissions building in your name.” That last part is probably a teensy bit over the top, but I think you get the idea.
So, short explanation – it may be time to stop obsessing about that school that DIDN’T want you and start obsessing about some places that do. And when you donate that building, please try to spell my name correctly. Be seeing you.
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