Students who apply to study abroad in America will naturally be upset if they receive a rejection notice from their top schools. Nevertheless, we suggest that students do not try to immediately call or write a letter / e-mail to inquire about the reason for rejection. Instead, give yourself a little time to adjust before thinking through remedial actions to try and better the situation. Some suggested actions below:
Suggestion 1: Don’t take the rejection personally
Applying for US schools and programs is hard. It is not easy for admission officers to select the few students out of thousands of applications they receive from all over the world. If you are rejected, do not take this personally. It is important to assess your situation, learn from it and regain confidence & optimism in order to try again. You should analyze the possible reasons for the rejection with your parents, teachers and/or consultants in order to make adjustments and prepare applications for other universities. Don’t give up.
Suggestion 2: Write a testimonial to the university
Though your application is failed, you can still write a testimonial e-mail to the officer who informed you to thank him/her and the university. The contents of the e-mail don’t need to be complex. Just express concisely your gratefulness in being considered. Maybe the teacher who informed you will tell you some information and suggestions about the application in a response.
Suggestion 3: Make sure your application documents are complete
If you think that your application was rejected for application incompleteness, you can ask the university’s admission office politely whether they have received your application, whether the application is incomplete, or whether you need to add some documents like subsequent scores in school or a letter of recommendation. If the university allows you to supplement the application, you’ll need to send the additional documents to the specified address. Send a reminder, once you have sent in all missing components, to make sure the university can evaluate them completely again.
Suggestion 4: Look for the feedback on your application
Some American universities provide feedback on rejection by the form of phone call, e-mail or letter for the students who did not receive acceptance. You may ask your university for such information. After receiving the information, promote and improve your application based on the feedback instead of arguing about the rejection. Remember to thank the teacher who sends you the feedback information!
Suggestion 5: Try again
If you still can improve or complete your application with new documents after being rejected, you may ask the university’s admission committee if you can apply again. If yes, don’t waste the chance, as this is really rare.
Suggestion 6: Broaden your perspective
As hard as it is to believe, sometimes rejection is a good thing. When one door closes, another opens. Use this time to examine your academic goals and school fit - perhaps there are other schools and programs that could be interesting to you and will end up being a better fit. Look into other options and apply to those.
Additionally, transferring is always a backup option if you decide to attend a secondary option school. Transfer statistics are much more favourable than freshman year admission rates. Many students realize upon starting at their school that they are enjoying their experience and end up not wanting to transfer after all.
Suggestion 7: Keeping a good and positive attitude is the most important thing
Being rejected once doesn’t mean the final failure. Losing one time doesn’t mean you will lose all the time either.
For the students who choose to study in America, they will often apply for 5-10 universities at the same time instead of 1-2. How to avoid the rejection? First, you need to organize your application documents carefully to make sure you don’t forget anything and meet all the deadlines. Second, you need to have great academic grades including the necessary conditions like GPA, TOEFL, GRE, etc. to make sure you can stand out in the first round of screening. Finally, you need to present your abilities and advantages fully, catching the eyes of admission directors at very first sight.
When a letter arrives with the waiting list, you’ll probably be disappointed if you just sit back and wait for the admission notification instead of taking actions immediately. Waiting list admission is a common practice amongst US schools and programs. In the case that an admitted student gives up the offer for various reasons such as accepting another offer, another student will be selected from the waiting list for admission.
Generally, the number waiting list letters sent out will be close to as many as the number of admitted students. So, the waiting list letter has another name, the comfort letter. Our EduEliteUSA experts, who are familiar with the admission procedures and departments of many excellent schools, will give advice and suggested operating protocol for the waitlisted students and parents in order to make the most of this position. We will help you strive for an interview opportunity in the second round and take other proactive stances to help you stand out from the waiting crowd.
If a direct admission to the ideal high school or university can’t be realized, a transfer application may be another method. Transferring to a US high school or university from mainland China or another overseas country while bringing the credit scores and courses along without any delay in studying progress or graduation schedule can be a complicated matter. EduElite would be happy to work with you to create a detailed, personal transfer plan.