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thank yous to colleges you will not be attending?

ruskieruskie Posts: 556Registered User Member
edited April 2009 in College Admissions
Are you supposed to notify the colleges that you got accepted to, but will not attend? If so, should it be an email or a letter?
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Replies to: thank yous to colleges you will not be attending?

  • Ohwell2008Ohwell2008 Posts: 54Registered User Junior Member
    wow I was just about to ask the same question
  • arcticlightsarcticlights Posts: 76Registered User Junior Member
    They usually give you a form that says if you will enroll or not. But you should definitely notify them.
  • Secret Asian ManSecret Asian Man Posts: 2,497Registered User Senior Member
    You need to tell them. I don't think a thank you note is really necessary though, arcticlights is right they usually give you something to reply with yes or no.
  • pFNMCppFNMCp Posts: 793Registered User Member
    You don't really have to but they'd appreciate it and it may mean a little better reputation for you in the chance that you deal with their admissions office in the future for whatever reason.
  • Senior0991Senior0991 Posts: 2,379Registered User Senior Member
    pFNMCp: You don't have to mail a note? or you don't have to notify them of your decision.

    And to the OP, I had the same question, but the people I asked about it all said that I sounded weird for doing that. I kind of disagreed; I really liked all the schools I was admitted to, and I just thought sending a notification letter would be respectful to their school.
  • entomomentomom Posts: 23,657Registered User Senior Member
    Yes, it definitely shows respect for the school and it also can help out your fellow students who are on waitlists. From the mother of a transfer, don't burn any bridges behind you, as you never know how things will work out.
  • 4th house4th house Posts: 380Registered User Member
    What's the recommended way to decline an invitation of admission when the school does not enclose a return card for that purpose? Two schools sent forms that only gave the choice of "yes" or "yes, but after taking a gap year." No option of checking off "no, thank you."
  • ruskieruskie Posts: 556Registered User Member
    I did not get any of the forms from the UCs though.
  • ZFanaticZFanatic Posts: 1,591Registered User Senior Member
    I got into several schools I will not be attending. I already replied with a no to most of them, but there are two schools which I cannot figure out how to tell them I will not be attending. One of them gave me a full ride and I'd like to let them know but it's nowhere to be found on their website...
  • ATLs09ATLs09 Posts: 453Registered User Member
    Same problem here..there are a couple schools that did not indicate how to decline...
  • LasMaLasMa Posts: 7,523Registered User Senior Member
    ruskie: If you go to your online student account, on the admission acceptance page, at the bottom there's a little button that says "Decline admission" or something similar. That's all you need to do.

    ATLs09, ZFanatic, et al: If your acceptance came by email or online student account, send an email back. If it came by snail mail, then reply back by snail mail. Either way, address it to the Admissions Office, and it will get to the right person.

    OP: You definitely should respond, mostly to notify, but also to thank. They took the time and trouble to carefully review your app, and after all, did want you to come to their school. It's the courteous thing to do.
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