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Coldest rejection letters/Kindest letters

SuNaSuNa Posts: 923Registered User Member
edited March 2010 in Parents Forum
It might be fun to take a look at some rejection letter "winners." Coldest, for example, and then kindest. So -- lay them down here.

I hear Babson had a real coldie.
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Replies to: Coldest rejection letters/Kindest letters

  • kevster1001kevster1001 Posts: 2,559Registered User Senior Member
    there's a thread around CC that's about this.
    Just a quick scoop, based on an article that mentioned about CC and CCers, Stanford had the coldest, Rutgers had the best (dont know about kindness) but acceptances came in in a very expensive-looking jet black folder.
  • heartcrossheartcross Posts: 637Registered User Member
    Well, the military academies probably have the nicest acceptance notifications--personal phone calls from your Congressman! And they send cool folders to boot (with voluminous instructions on all sorts of medical things and even what boots to buy for AFA). The Congressman's office often sends a nice press release to your local paper. Can't get much nicer than that!
  • emswimemswim Posts: 474Registered User Member
    Princeton's has two sheets of paper in it, so when you open it you think you've at least been waitlisted.
  • xgyrosxxgyrosx Posts: 106Registered User Junior Member
    H has the longest--so maybe the kindest--rejection letter. Others have like three to five sentences.
  • IzzyJIzzyJ Posts: 3,271Registered User Senior Member
    I read Duke's rejection letter. It's utterly sweet.
  • sbroy81188sbroy81188 Posts: 60Registered User Junior Member
    Not to give my intellegence level away, but I was kind of confused by the wait list letter I received from Harvard.... I thought they were telling me that they couldn't make a decision due to an incomplete application!!! I hear you laughing over there.
  • ayzdadayzdad Posts: 80Registered User Junior Member
    i see this thread is 4 years old. that's perfect. my son got a waitlist letter in 2006 from Holy Cross (Worcester, Ma) and it was pretty cold. The tone sounded like 'our standards are quite high, so surely my dear fellow you can understand we can't admit just anybody'. Which sort of figures, because they intimate that the more you beg and grovel, the more likely you'll be admitted. The way they put it is that they 'love communication'. My daughter was going to apply to HC n/w/s the attitude but she got into Notre Dame early action, so that was that.
  • rocket6louiserocket6louise Posts: 3,391Registered User Senior Member
    the kindest acceptance was from Union

    "The answer is yes, a resounding yes"
  • cnp55cnp55 Posts: 3,648Registered User Senior Member
    Bucknell's rejection had a nice message in the third paragraph:
    I encourage you to remain confident as you continue your college search. Many colleges and universities are eager to enroll students who are passionate about academics and campus life. Your interest in Bucknell is a sign that you have this passion. Rest assured that you will find the right school for you.

    A little bit of blowing their own horn and a little bit of letting them down easy ... but it's better than a certain university in Washington DC who coldly said denied with a terse few words that paraphrase as no room for the likes of you.
  • NHmom10NHmom10 Posts: 62Registered User Junior Member
    rocket6 - those folks at Union do it nicely for waitlist, also...
    This process can be a difficult one and the depth of the applicant pool forces us to say "maybe" instead of "yes" to a number of appealing candidates like you.

    Sounds so much better than "take a number and we'll get back to you" LOL!
  • Lafalum84Lafalum84 Posts: 7,532Registered User Senior Member
    Not a college rejection, but my son emailed the woman who had interviewed him for a summer internship he was really excited about, asking when he could expect to hear back from regarding the internship. He received an email back with the subject line:
    Reject email not in hire

    Cryptic and harsh at the same time.
  • blackeyedsusanblackeyedsusan Posts: 2,446Registered User Senior Member
    ^^^ Oooh, that's cold!
  • psych_psych_ Posts: 1,536Registered User Senior Member
    "The answer is yes, a resounding yes"

    That is nice! :)
  • greenvisongreenvison Posts: 491Registered User Member
    Lat year I was emailed a rejection from an internship, it went something like this ->

    Dear "Applicant",
    blah blah blah( like two lines in total!)


    wow, that really P***** me off. I had two interviews with them, and they still couldn't personalize the damn email.
  • samedifferencesamedifference Posts: 316Registered User Member
    UCLA's rejection was terrible. In then end it had a line about what to do if you want to transfer. I liked Berkeley's rejection, though. It was short but nice.
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