I read an article today in the WSJ about how some colleges reject potential students better than others by Sue Shellenbarger. She gives multiple examples of poor rejection letters from top universities and also includes responses from those that received the bad news.
Here are a few examples of the harsh rejections a few students received. Starting with the most seviere, Bates College in Lewiston Maine included this in their rejection letter:
The deans were obliged to select from among candidates who clearly could do sound work at Bates.”
This could make one think they simply were not capable of doing the work required to make it at Bates College. The Dean of Admission at Bates says that Bates is “denying the student’s application, and not rejecting the student.” One of the more kind rejections was from Harvard College that only has a 7% admission rate this year.
Past experience suggests that the particular college a student attends is far less important than what the student does to develop his or her strengths and talents over the next four years.”
These responses got me thinking…what will those students do now that have been rejected by their top college picks? What resources are available for finding another college that is the right fit? At degreesearch.org you can search for an online or campus school or you can search by your program of choice and find the schools that offer what you want to study. It’s a very easy site to navigate and it also provides information for financial aid. If you have found yourself in the pool of those who received multiple rejection letters degreesearch.org can help!