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Writing an email to the university

kettlinkettlin Posts: 67Registered User Junior Member
edited December 2005 in College Admissions
if you have a question to ask the Office of Admissions, how do you start the email?

Dear University of blah?
Dear Sir/Madam

also how do you end it?

Thank you.

????? help!
Post edited by kettlin on

Replies to: Writing an email to the university

  • IzzyJIzzyJ Posts: 3,271Registered User Senior Member
    Unless I know the name exactly, I usually say "Dear Admissions Office/Committee".

    I end with "Thank you"
  • nhs041088nhs041088 Posts: 194Registered User Junior Member
    I usually contact the local admissions rep.

    I don't bother with Sir/Madam/etc.

    I just write,


    and write the message.

    I just say 'thanks'
  • gsp_silicon_valleygsp_silicon_valley Posts: 1,542Registered User Senior Member
    If it's just a general question or comment to an unknown person, i.e. admission@stanford.edu, just start with something simple like:

    Greetings!, Good morning!, Good afternoon!, Hello!

    Keep the message short and to the point. People are busy and don't have time to read your life story, as a general e-mail box like this probably receives 100+ messages a day.

    If you are writing someone with a name, i.e. the Dean of Admissions or a known staff person, then address the message:

    Dear Dean xxxx, Dr. xxxx or Mr./Mrs./Ms. xxxx

    End the message with a simple "thank you" or "thanks for your assistance" and your name, phone #, e-mail address and/or USPS mailing address, as is appropriate.

    The bottom line is, keep everything short and simple!
  • klf1120klf1120 Posts: 579Registered User Member
    I always start mine with 'To Whom It May Concern' and end with 'Thank you for all your help. Sincerely, (insert name)'
  • kettlinkettlin Posts: 67Registered User Junior Member
    wow! thank you for all the advice.
  • spikemomspikemom Posts: 685Registered User Member
    DS has used "Dear (name of college) Admissions Staff"
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