We regret to inform you that your application for admission has been rejected by our admissions committee. I am so sorry to notify you that we cannot offer you admission at this time. Due to an increase in applications and limited openings, we cannot at this time extend an offer of admission to you. No matter how nice – or how cruelly – a college admissions committee informs you of an admission decision that is not in your favor, the result is still the same: crushing. Perhaps you applied to that school that you knew you wouldn’t get into. Or maybe it was your top choice, dream college since you were the age of 10. Whatever the case, rejection hurts. So how do you deal with the feelings – and the reality – of receiving an admissions rejection letter?On the other hand, you shouldn’t lump all your collegiate hopes and dreams into one basket. You need to diversify your admissions portfolio. Apply to a variety of schools. Set yourself up for success – but also dream a little. Here’s how you can do that: • Reach Schools. Identify one or two schools that are the dream schools. The “I don’t know if I can get into that school but I at least have to try” schools. These colleges may be a reach for you academically or financially, or they may be one of those top-tier universities in the nation that receive countless applications with limited space. • Target Schools. Apply to three to five target schools. These are the colleges that you are fairly certain you can get into based on your academic performance, extracurricular involvement and test scores. They’re also a great financial fit. • Safety Schools. Finally, safety schools (insert sigh of relief). A safety school is the one college that you KNOW you will get into. Perhaps they have a 100% acceptance rate.
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