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# When to break up? (or decline offer of admission)

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15 Mar 2007, 06:07
Now that I have a few admits, I know that I get to send ding letters to a couple places. When do you guys do it?

Without getting into a discussion of which school I DON'T want, how long do you lead them on? I am just afraid of closing any doors at this point.
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15 Mar 2007, 06:11
As long as you like. Schools lead you on for months and they definetly dont tell you their decision as soon as they know, so I see no reason to treat them differently - unless you have made your decision - in which case you might as well tell them so someone on the waitlist has a chance.
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15 Mar 2007, 06:17
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Well you need to let them down gently. Say something like, "Look, it's not you, really. It's just.......I found another school. Don't get angry, you knew I was looking at other schools, we were never exclusive, even though I may have said you were my one and only in that interview, I actually meant it at the time...I know you'll be fine, there are plenty of other students out there, I know you'll find someone else....We can still be friends right?"
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15 Mar 2007, 06:22
I prefer the "chicken way out". i.e., I'll stop returning their calls / e-mails until they figure it out. And then some day we'll bump into each other and it'll be really awkward for a few seconds, but then we can get back together for some ... "executives training program" or something.

Actually, the sooner the better, not for the schools who have probably kept you waiting more than they should have, but for the waitlisted applicants biting nails.
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15 Mar 2007, 06:27
Sure, I've got TONS of compassion for those waitlisted applicants; no problem there. But what about wanting to keep the door open? Who knows what might happen?
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15 Mar 2007, 06:27
I'm with the rhyme school of equal treatment.
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15 Mar 2007, 06:29
aaudetat wrote:
Sure, I've got TONS of compassion for those waitlisted applicants; no problem there. But what about wanting to keep the door open? Who knows what might happen?

to keep doors open, the answer is clear: as long as they let you.
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15 Mar 2007, 06:36
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Say this...

Thank you for your interest in my application. As you know, there were many qualified business schools this year. Unfortunately, I am not able to offer attendance to each school. I was forced with the unfortunate task of choosing one school among many highly qualified schools. I am offering deny feedback sessions to a select number of schools. Please do not call my office with requests for this session. If you are selected, I will be in contact with you. Good luck in all your future endeavors.

Peace suckers!
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15 Mar 2007, 06:38
gmatclb wrote:
Say this...

Thank you for your interest in my application. As you know, there were many qualified business schools this year. Unfortunately, I am not able to offer attendance to each school. I was forced with the unfortunate task of choosing one school among many highly qualified schools. I am offering deny feedback sessions to a select number of schools. Please do not call my office with requests for this session. If you are selected, I will be in contact with you. Good luck in all your future endeavors.

Peace suckers!

love it!
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15 Mar 2007, 06:51
I thought this thread was going to be about when to break up with your SO before going to another city for bschool...

I guess now you know what's on my mind this morning.. lol
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15 Mar 2007, 07:09
fluffydot wrote:
I thought this thread was going to be about when to break up with your SO before going to another city for bschool...

I guess now you know what's on my mind this morning.. lol

LoL I thought the same thing....but hey - my girl is great, I just need to pay more attention to her and less to the GMAT and b-school
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15 Mar 2007, 07:11
gmatclb wrote:
Say this...

Thank you for your interest in my application. As you know, there were many qualified business schools this year. Unfortunately, I am not able to offer attendance to each school. I was forced with the unfortunate task of choosing one school among many highly qualified schools. I am offering deny feedback sessions to a select number of schools. Please do not call my office with requests for this session. If you are selected, I will be in contact with you. Good luck in all your future endeavors.

Peace suckers!

I almost fell out of my chair when I read that - I think we should all send it
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15 Mar 2007, 07:11
fluffydot wrote:
I thought this thread was going to be about when to break up with your SO before going to another city for bschool...

I guess now you know what's on my mind this morning.. lol

Thats what I thought too.

I suggest the following:

"Dear School,

(@#!@ you.

Regards,

Aaudetat."
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15 Mar 2007, 07:18
Equal treatment rules....... no two ways about it
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15 Mar 2007, 07:19
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gmatclb wrote:
Say this...

Thank you for your interest in my application. As you know, there were many qualified business schools this year. Unfortunately, I am not able to offer attendance to each school. I was forced with the unfortunate task of choosing one school among many highly qualified schools. I am offering deny feedback sessions to a select number of schools. Please do not call my office with requests for this session. If you are selected, I will be in contact with you. Good luck in all your future endeavors.

Peace suckers!

I almost fell out of my chair when I read that - I think we should all send it

I agree! gmatclb, that is just too funny! Just wish I could go back in time and send it to the schools that rejected me
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15 Mar 2007, 07:37
aaudetat wrote:
Now that I have a few admits, I know that I get to send ding letters to a couple places. When do you guys do it?

Without getting into a discussion of which school I DON'T want, how long do you lead them on? I am just afraid of closing any doors at this point.

Which one have you decided to go with? Duke, UNC or Cornell?
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15 Mar 2007, 08:05
fluffydot wrote:
I thought this thread was going to be about when to break up with your SO before going to another city for bschool...

I guess now you know what's on my mind this morning.. lol

Ditto
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06 Apr 2007, 13:46
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This is how I did:

Subject of email: Final Decision

Dear XXXXX,

I sincerely thank you for giving me the admission offer to MBA program starting Sept 2007 at one of the greatest business school, ABC Business School. This was a great opportunity to know more about ABC Business School through the application process. But sometimes you have to make very tough decisions that become tougher when every choice carries the potential to lead you to success. That is why I have accepted an offer from another business school that best fits my career ambitions and goals. So I have to sadly inform you that I will not be able to be a part of wonderful MBA class that is starting in Sept 2007. I fully appreciate the effort the ABC admission staff has put into reviewing multiple parts of my application and profile. Even after this decision, my respect for Mr INTERVIEWER (It was telephonic interview with Recruitment Director) and other professors at ABC is still unshaken.

I hope we will cross roads at some point in life. I wish all the best to this year's incoming class.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me any time.

Thanks
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07 Apr 2007, 04:59
fluffydot wrote:
I thought this thread was going to be about when to break up with your SO before going to another city for bschool...

I guess now you know what's on my mind this morning.. lol

yeah me too. so fluffydot, what are your thoughts on this?
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10 Jan 2008, 02:54
ps_dahiya wrote:
This is how I did:

Subject of email: Final Decision

Dear XXXXX,

I sincerely thank you for giving me the admission offer to MBA program starting Sept 2007 at one of the greatest business school, ABC Business School. This was a great opportunity to know more about ABC Business School through the application process. But sometimes you have to make very tough decisions that become tougher when every choice carries the potential to lead you to success. That is why I have accepted an offer from another business school that best fits my career ambitions and goals. So I have to sadly inform you that I will not be able to be a part of wonderful MBA class that is starting in Sept 2007. I fully appreciate the effort the ABC admission staff has put into reviewing multiple parts of my application and profile. Even after this decision, my respect for Mr INTERVIEWER (It was telephonic interview with Recruitment Director) and other professors at ABC is still unshaken.

I hope we will cross roads at some point in life. I wish all the best to this year's incoming class.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me any time.

Thanks
ps_dahiya
Ph: +1-123-456-7890

This one's pretty good and professional. When I will be in the lucky position to send one out, I will use it as a guideline.
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