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Reapply to a previously accepted college

iceberryiceberry Posts: 12Registered User New Member
edited July 2010 in Parents Forum
I'm reapplying to a college that I was previously accepted to as a transfer student. Will I be rejected if I reapply, since I was previously accepted, but didn't attend?

I'm also reapplying to the same major (within that same college) I was previously accepted to as a transfer student. Will my previous acceptance to the school, hurt my chances of reapplying and getting accepted (to the school and to the same major) again?

I couldn't attend the school previously because my parents changed their minds (after my acceptance came) and made me stay at my current school. But over the past several months, they have finally come to see, the college that I wanted to transfer to is indeed a better fit for me.

How should I explain this "i couldn't attend because of my parents' decision" thing within my application when I reapply to the college?


PS. No offense to my parents and/or any parent. I am just confused.

Please help!! Thanks a lot!!
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Replies to: Reapply to a previously accepted college

  • stradmomstradmom Posts: 3,671Registered User Senior Member
    It couldn't hurt to include a polite letter saying something to the effect of "I was very disappointed to be unable to accept X University's offer of acceptance last year, due to family circumstances. I am pleased that our family situation has changed, and that I would now be able to enroll if the University accepts my application during this round." I wouldn't go into specifics, though.

    Good luck!
  • nightchefnightchef Posts: 1,450Registered User Senior Member
    I would think that a previous acceptance for freshman admission would tend to help you as a transfer applicant, not hurt you, as long as your academic performance in the meantime has been solid. I don't think most admissions offices would hold your initial choice to go elsewhere against you; I would think they're more likely to take the fact that they are still on your short list the second time around as a plus. But that's just a guess.
  • SmithieandProudSmithieandProud Posts: 3,038Registered User Senior Member
    I think you're overthinking this. Admisisons offices don't normally have vindictive streaks where they try to screw over peole for not taking their offers the first time. They probably won't even remember your application. They know that students make decisions for all kinds of reasons, and they won't take your previous rejection to heart. I don't think a letter is required at all, though sending one probably won't hurt you it just might call attention to something that doesn't really need to be discussed. You weren't legally bound to transfer, you had the choice, you made a different one, now you're making a new choice.
  • hophop Posts: 265Registered User Junior Member
    Many colleges will keep successful applications on file for up to 12 months.

    You may want to phone the transfer counselor at your intended school
    and ask if they retained any elements of your previous application.
    You may be able to reinstate your previous admission, and/or simply send them an
    updated transcript (plus the new fee) to complete your file.

    You don't mention which semester this transfer is for, but you might also ask if they do mid-year, or Spring semester admissions.
  • beth's mombeth's mom Posts: 2,436Registered User Senior Member
    I don't think that's an automatic rejection, but a short explanation to the effect that family circumstances precluded you from accepting last year and you're prepared to accept this time would probably help.

    I know a 2009 grad who got into several colleges his senior year, but then his mother made him take a year off to work (the mother is a nutcase and was "punishing" him for some minor infraction). He never made a final decision so had never accepted anywhere. He reapplied this year (with the class of 2010) to his 2 top choices that accepted him last year. His top choice rejected him this time around. I'm not sure whether it was because the applicant pool was better this year or for some other reason.
  • Singersmom07Singersmom07 Posts: 3,384Registered User Senior Member
    At one of DD's universities, they told her they would keep her application open for a year even though she turned them down to go somewhere else, in case she changed her mind. If does not hurt to call them and ask about it.
  • kelsmomkelsmom Posts: 12,628Super Moderator Senior Member
    My D transferred to a college that had previously accepted her for her sophomore year. She had to reapply (including resending the high school transcript), and she used her essay ("Why X School?") to explain why she decided to transfer to the school. She was accepted again ... and this is a very selective school. She never said why she DIDN'T accept the first time around; she concentrated on explaining why she wanted to transfer to the school.
  • iceberryiceberry Posts: 12Registered User New Member
    Hi all, thanks for the advice!!

    So my question now is: Should I send a brief letter along with my application when I reapply? Or should I just reapply without sending a brief letter of explanation?

    My reason for wanting to send a brief letter is to show the college that I really really want to attend their school.

    My reason for not wanting to send a brief letter is because I do not want to bring attention to "something that doesn't really need to be discussed" --> my parents saying "no" the first time around.
  • iceberryiceberry Posts: 12Registered User New Member
    @ kelsmom

    thanks for the info. i hope you won't mind me asking, did your daughter use the same transfer essay for the same school? Or did she write a new transfer essay for the same school?
  • Emaheevul07Emaheevul07 Posts: 5,924Registered User Senior Member
    I feel like they are just going to be pleased with a second chance at your money, I would be hesitant to make an issue out of something that isn't really an issue by sending a note about it. I applied to two colleges I had been previously accepted to when I transferred, was accepted again at both, and was even given a scholarship from one that I hadn't been offered the first time around.
  • iceberryiceberry Posts: 12Registered User New Member
    @ Emaheevul07

    Thanks for the info and input. When you reapplied to the schools you were previously accepted to, were you required to resend your high school transcripts and/or provide new letters of recommendation? Were you also required to fill out a new application from scratch?
  • iceberryiceberry Posts: 12Registered User New Member
    Clarification to my original opening post:

    I was originally accepted as a transfer student to that college.

    Once again, I will be applying as a transfer student to that same college.

    So will the fact that I was previously accepted as a transfer student, work against me when I reapply as a transfer student again?
  • jinglejingle Posts: 1,198Registered User Senior Member
    Iceberry, no Admissions Comm will hold this against you. This is not like rejecting somebody for the prom :-) It's best to be upfront about your previous application and the reasons you turned the school down--a particular AdComm won't necessarily remember you personally but once you are in the school's data system you will stay there for a while, so there will be a record of your previous app.

    Your new application will be judged against the other new applicants, and at every school the number of transfer students varies from year to year, so the outcome might be different.

    If the school you are interested in isn't one of the tippy-top ones, it might even be possible to snare a place this September if you call right away. If the school admitted you last spring and you turned them down, but they didn't entirely fill their class or lost more from "summer melt" than they were expecting, they may be glad to have you without a reapplication and a year's wait. You won't know unless you inquire. Just telephone Admissions and say that your family circumstances have changed, and see what happens.
  • Singersmom07Singersmom07 Posts: 3,384Registered User Senior Member
    Really, do not be afraid to call admissions. They will not give your application a red flag because you called and asked the question and they really are the only ones that can answer them.
  • Emaheevul07Emaheevul07 Posts: 5,924Registered User Senior Member
    "@ Emaheevul07

    Thanks for the info and input. When you reapplied to the schools you were previously accepted to, were you required to resend your high school transcripts and/or provide new letters of recommendation? Were you also required to fill out a new application from scratch? "

    I did have to do new apps from scratch because too much time had passed since the first time I applied, as when I applied the second time I was transferring as a junior. I don't think the two schools I applied to twice required letters either time. Neither asked for high school transcripts of junior transfers, so I didn't have to submit that either. For all intents and purposes my app process was just like anybody else applying to transfer to those schools. Whether you have to submit recs and HS transcripts is going to depend entirely on the school's transfer admissions policy. Though, I don't think anybody would require you to get high school letters of rec as a college student, but that's just a hunch.
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