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How to decline admission [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2011, 09:28
What is the proper protocol for declining admission? For the schools I didn’t have much interaction with I thought I would write an email and for the one school that went out of their way to connect me with current students and answer all my questions I was going to call the Director of Admissions I have been working with personally. Does my approach make sense? For the schools I am not well acquainted with who is the best person to send said letter to? Thanks.
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Re: How to decline admission [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2011, 09:54
they dont give a damn about how you do it. Just send an email to the general mba email address. If you want to talk to an adcom get ready for lots of questions
I did this myself for another school and got grilled :
Why not?
Where are you going then?
Why there over here?

Some people just dont do anything and let the deposit deadline pass...thats completely fine too. If you feel obligated do it, but its not needed.
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Re: How to decline admission [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2011, 09:59
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they dont give a damn about how you do it. Just send an email to the general mba email address. If you want to talk to an adcom get ready for lots of questions
I did this myself for another school and got grilled :
Why not?
Where are you going then?
Why there over here?

Some people just dont do anything and let the deposit deadline pass...thats completely fine too. If you feel obligated do it, but its not needed.


Seriously, the adcoms posed these questions when you declined their offer? Do you think they were interested in finding reasons or just go through list of prepared Qs? What did you say to them?
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Re: How to decline admission [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2011, 10:05
yup! i promise, i wasnt really prepared so I said I have narrowed down my choices but im not sure where i'm going....i answered honestly. I dont know if other schools do it as a standard.
Of course they want to know why there competition is winning.

For Kelly there is a page where you either enroll or withdraw, very easy, no emails needed. It asks for a brief why? and where you're going instead? too.
If you enroll, then it takes to a payment page for your deposit
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jordanhendrix,

Thanks for the useful brief, care to share which BSchool asked Qs or you can pm me. I have been so invested in the application, essays, chats to students, alumni and interviews that I haven't thought about this dilemma. I honestly thought BSchools receive literally thousands of applications and adcoms make more offers than places as they factor in yield anyway. Additionally, there are plenty applicants on WL to fill their class easily. They really want to know where you enroll at their competition? On a quid pro quo basis, most BSchools don't give me useful feedback when they ding me and don't explain their decision process. Why shouldn't I useful adcom's explanation of
1) competitive BSchools, great programmes
2) tough decisions to make
3) good luck

One BSchool has been fair to me in the tough process and I would be inclined to answer most Qs for market research purposes if being asked. I want to be prepared, general explanation would be sth like: "better fit to short/long term personal and career goals."
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Re: How to decline admission [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2011, 10:39
It was UMD Smith.....not sure if every school asks though. And thats a good way to look at it....as market research. I dont think it had anything to do with me specifically. I didn't speak to my interviewer just a random adcom. She pulled up my info and then the questions came. She was taking notes too, I could hear her typing my answers
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jordanhendrix wrote:
Some people just dont do anything and let the deposit deadline pass...thats completely fine too. If you feel obligated do it, but its not needed.


I wouldn’t follow this piece of advice. Keep in mind there are probably prospective students on the WL agonizing. Take all the time you need to make the right decision but know the sooner you tell a school you won’t be attending the sooner they can offer your spot to someone else. Just my two cents.

Sending an email is fine. Does the school call you if they ding you?
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Re: How to decline admission [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2011, 11:26
^^^ I take it back....forgot about the waitlist kids....hell i am one!
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Re: How to decline admission [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2011, 11:51
USC as part of their accept/decline form ask all the why questions noted above. I don't mind answering questions. It is important to me ethically to let the schools know asap. I told one when they called to admit me.I want to free up the resources associated with courting me and give to another student but also be tactful.

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