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Rejection Letters mailed after acceptance letters?

Elbereth GilthonielElbereth Gilthoniel Posts: 682User Awaiting Email Confirmation Member
edited November 2010 in College Admissions
A good friend just received an acceptance letter from Case about 2 weeks ago, but I have not heard back from them yet. We both applied online at around the same time (mid-November) and live very close to eachother. I have made numerous phone calls to find out the status of my application, the receptionist told me that my file was complete and every component of the application was sent. Is it typical for colleges to send the rejection/waitlist letters after the acceptance letters? I'm afraid that's the case for me, since it's been a while since my friend received his acceptance letter. The receptionist also said that "there was a record number of applications this year". Aren't there more and more applicants practically every year, or should this be a cause for concern? I'm so anxious, and I feel a flimsy little envelope coming my way soon. Someone please help...
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Replies to: Rejection Letters mailed after acceptance letters?

  • BuBBLES FoR SALEBuBBLES FoR SALE Posts: 2,164Registered User Senior Member
    Sorry to be honest about it, but you probably got rejected. Many colleges, especially non-elite ones send out acceptances first in hopes of having the best applicants accept an offer of acceptance quickly. Then, the lesser applicants get a rejection. I know UC Irvine does this.
  • chelsea 2005chelsea 2005 Posts: 226Registered User Junior Member
    I looked in your previous posts, and I saw that your SAT score was 1350. That alone makes you look like a good match for Case. If you applied Regular Decision, I wouldn't be too worried. A lot of RD applicants still haven't heard from them. If you want to get some more advice, I suggest that you post this thread under the Case Western discussion board. Here's the link: http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/forumdisplay.php?f=136 Oh, by the way, acceptance letters from Case come in a flimsy envelope anyway! :)
  • Elbereth GilthonielElbereth Gilthoniel Posts: 682User Awaiting Email Confirmation Member
    Hey...Chelsea thanks, I truly hope you're right. My SAT I score might make me a good match for Case, but the h.s. GPA will be a problem. By the end of senior year, the highest my GPA can be is 3.4. :( Hopefully, they'll see the upswing in grades and overlook that one, horrible year....and me playing an obscure instrument might help too.

    By the way, I'm guessing you got into Case EA, right? If so congrats! :D
  • chelsea 2005chelsea 2005 Posts: 226Registered User Junior Member
    Yeah, I did get into Case EA. :) Actually, I'm going on an overnight visit tomorrow and I'm very excited. Good Luck with everything! Let me know how it turns
  • hoedownhoedown Posts: 3,751Registered User Senior Member
    If it's a rolling admissions school, I think you shouldn't worry overmuch.

    Sometimes colleges can make quicker decisions on a student with a standout application. They know they'll be admitting that sort of applicant no matter what (no matter how many apps they end up with, no matter how good other applications are, no matter what yield turns out to be), so they process them ASAP.

    Same with weaker applications--they know they will be rejecting those no matter what the admissions "season" turns out to be.

    It's the people in the middle that may have to wait longer. Colleges know they want to admit students of that calibre, but how many they can/should admit depends on a lot of things. Colleges have imperfect knowledge about those things, but the later it is, and the more applications they have evaluated, the more complete the picture becomes. Of course, they don't want to wait too long, because applicants--including some applicants they'll be admitting, and really want--will assume the worst and start making other plans.

    I wouldn't assume too much about your chances (just because your friend heard sooner). Maybe she was one they singled out sooner, for some reason.
  • elizabeth22elizabeth22 Posts: 1,353Registered User Senior Member
    I sent in my application to the state university a week before a friend did. My GPA/Class rank/SATs were considerably higher, and my ECs were about the same. I heard back a week after she did. It's not foolproof. Any possibility they're looking to attach a merit scholarship and it's delaying the letter?
  • DrakemomDrakemom Posts: 60- Junior Member
    I suppose it varies depending on the school. For example, schools who do it online usually send them at the same time, but I suppose snail mail schools might do it differently
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