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I was rejected by Davidson College. My rejection letter says:
The Davidson College community is complimented that you have applied for admission to the Class of 2014. Almost 4,100 candidates were competing for a place in our first-year class of 490 students. As a small college that can accommodate only a small number of the many applicants who qualify academically, we regret that your application for admission was not approved.
Our Committees evaluation was based on your academic record including the academic rigor of your courses, your grades, your essays, recommendations, leadership in school and community activities, test scores, and all other information received. In the majority of cases, the differences between those accepted and those not accepted were small and involved greater overall strength on the part of those accepted, rather than weakness in some particular area on the part of those not accepted. Because our decisions are based on the evaluation of each completed application, we do not attempt to give specific reasons for our decisions in letters of notification.
The quality of this years applicant pool was again exceptional, and our decisions were reached only after thoughtful deliberation. We realize the appraisal of academic and personal promise is far from an exact science. Undoubtedly, time will reveal some mistaken judgments on our part. If tradition repeats itself, some of our students will not live up to our expectations and some not admitted will be extraordinarily successful elsewhere. As a committee, we have done our best to judge fairly and we announce our decision with humility. Your interest in Davidson College is appreciated. We wish you great success as you pursue your educational goals.
I think this letter is very well written. Is the rejection letter identical for every rejected applicant?
And to the less lucky ones regarding Davidson - good luck elsewhere!