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# Rejection: Some Colleges Do It Better Than Others

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29 Apr 2009, 11:15
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124096471555766239.html

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Stanford University sends a steely "don't call us" message.

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Another surprise package came from Penn State, which sent the hoped-for "fat envelope" with a rejection letter inside.

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"...the wording in BU's letter translated to "we made it even easier for you and you STILL couldn't get in."

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29 Apr 2009, 11:32
Haha, what else could be in the envelope to make it fat?????
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29 Apr 2009, 12:33
Raabend wrote:
Haha, what else could be in the envelope to make it fat?????

me!
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29 Apr 2009, 12:43
For Penn State, it's true! When I applied during undergrad, I was so sad I received a tiny envelope. But when I opened it, I was accepted! My friend got the big envelope, and he got the boot.

ryguy904 wrote:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124096471555766239.html

A couple of lines from the article that I enjoyed:
Quote:
Stanford University sends a steely "don't call us" message.

Quote:
Another surprise package came from Penn State, which sent the hoped-for "fat envelope" with a rejection letter inside.

Quote:
"...the wording in BU's letter translated to "we made it even easier for you and you STILL couldn't get in."

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29 Apr 2009, 15:21
Raabend wrote:
Haha, what else could be in the envelope to make it fat?????

It was actually information on other campuses. If I got a fat package and there was a rejection letter inside, I'd go postal!
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29 Apr 2009, 15:38
Like: "You would be a great fit at Penn State Abington!" ?

Omne wrote:
Raabend wrote:
Haha, what else could be in the envelope to make it fat?????

It was actually information on other campuses. If I got a fat package and there was a rejection letter inside, I'd go postal!

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29 Apr 2009, 16:43
My UG's School of Engineering sent me a small letter letting me know I was invited to an open house for admitted students. Problem was I didn't receive my letter of admission (i.e. big packet) from the school itself yet. That was a really confusing moment, and really bad way to reject someone (if they were invited and didn't get in).

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30 Apr 2009, 05:27
I don't remember my acceptance letter for undergrad being in a fat envelope. I think it was just a 2-3 pages of info on financial aid and the admitted student weekend.

The one dean brought up a great point though, there's really no way to tell people they haven't been accepted that will be received well by 100% of the rejected applicants. Having had the unpleasant experience of giving rejections to job applicants - some perfectly qualified to do the job - I empathize with the schools and deans.
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30 Apr 2009, 05:45
Unhedged, sounds like UCLA back in early-2000. I got the same letter around two months before admissions decisions came out. In my mind, I was like "Whisky-Tango-Foxtrot, over!" It really confused me, not knowing for sure if I was accepted to UCLA!

unhedged wrote:
My UG's School of Engineering sent me a small letter letting me know I was invited to an open house for admitted students. Problem was I didn't receive my letter of admission (i.e. big packet) from the school itself yet. That was a really confusing moment, and really bad way to reject someone (if they were invited and didn't get in).

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30 Apr 2009, 13:26
armycamel wrote:
Unhedged, sounds like UCLA back in early-2000. I got the same letter around two months before admissions decisions came out. In my mind, I was like "Whisky-Tango-Foxtrot, over!" It really confused me, not knowing for sure if I was accepted to UCLA!

unhedged wrote:
My UG's School of Engineering sent me a small letter letting me know I was invited to an open house for admitted students. Problem was I didn't receive my letter of admission (i.e. big packet) from the school itself yet. That was a really confusing moment, and really bad way to reject someone (if they were invited and didn't get in).

Haha yep, it was indeed UCLA.

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30 Apr 2009, 14:24
My acceptance letter when I applied to transfer out of Tulane didn't come in a fat envelope either. I had been rejected from five schools, so when I got the small letter I thought I was doomed. The rest, as they say, is history.
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