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Rejected from Bottom But Accepted to Tops

Actr12Actr12 Posts: 67User Awaiting Email Confirmation Junior Member
edited March 2012 in Theater/Drama Majors
I received a rejection from Ithaca College today and I'm starting to get worried because the rest of my schools (Carnegie Mellon, Fordham, DePaul, Rutgers, Boston U, Muhlenberg and Hartt School) are more competitive to get into. I was just wondering- Are there people who have been rejected from their bottom schools but been accepted by more difficult ones?
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  • Gwen FairfaxGwen Fairfax Posts: 2,435Registered User Senior Member
    Ithaca is pretty competitive, Actr12-- they all are and they're all looking for very small classes composed of a variety of people. You might be a great actor but they already have too many-- swarthy baritones, or whatever. It's not worth questioning (though, as the long March days go on, it's hard not to question!)

    Muhlenberg though, doesn't base admission on your audition. If your GPA and SATs are in the top of their range, especially if you're a guy, you have a very good chance of getting in. And people rave about their theater dept. So, hold on tight, you're on the roller coaster....the worst thing that could happen is that you end up taking a gap year and trying again-- with that much more maturity and experience. LOTS of people start BFA's a year or two late, so if you want to go that route you'll have plenty of company.

    My fingers are crossed for good things for you, soon!
  • stagemumstagemum Posts: 544Registered User Member
    Actr12 - Were you called back for DePaul and Mason Gross? DePaul states plainly that students who are not called back are not under consideration; Mason Gross is coy about it, but I assume that no call-back means acceptance is unlikely. If you were called back for DePaul, you cleared a major preliminary hurdle, so your chances aren't bad. I've inferred from these threads that Fordham has already notified accepted students, and so I've crossed them off as well (my son wasn't called back at DePaul or Mason Gross). Every school looks for something a little different. Did you apply to any non-audition schools, or to any less-competitive B.F.A. programs?
  • JME1992JME1992 Posts: 151Registered User Junior Member
    Don't worry Actr12, something will hopefully work out. I'm a good example of getting rejections at safeties but receiving acceptances from top choices. I got my first rejection back in late January. It was a safety and so I was quite surprised but I concluded that as an out of state student applying to a state school, my chances were always going to be slim. Then a couple weeks later I got wait-listed at my absolute back-up safety school. I was devastated to say the least, not so much about the school itself but because I immediately concluded that I would get nothing but more rejections in the coming months. About 10 or so days later I got accepted to Penn State's BA Theatre program (with an emphasis on performance). Not only is this a hard school to get in to, but I also had to audition. I was (and currently am) thrilled as PSU is one of my first choices. It made me realize there was no sense in thinking I was doomed just because of a few rejections. I'm still waiting to hear from a few more schools but I am no longer in a dire situation.

    Multiple acceptances are great of course, but at the end of the day all you need is one.

    Also, I wanted to add that the majority of programs you listed are auditioned BFA's and whilst loads of people do get rejected from these programs, it's worth remembering not every one of those schools are looking for the exact same thing. For example, you might not be what Ithaca is looking for but you may be exactly what Rutgers wants.

    As difficult as this sounds, stay strong and just wait to see what happens with the rest of the schools you applied to.
  • Actr12Actr12 Posts: 67User Awaiting Email Confirmation Junior Member
    Stagemum: I was called back to DePaul but not to Rutgers. The colleges I listed above are the only colleges I have left but I have faith that Ill get into at least one.
    Thank you JME1992- Those are very inspiring words! Im so happy that you found what is right for you!

    I do think that one thing that influenced my decision was my application at the audition for Ithaca. They asked the order of my college list and where I wanted to go and I put it in exactly as it was (instead of putting Ithaca as my first which soo many people probs do). Then again I do believe that I''ll end up where Im supposed to be. My friend just got into her top college today and was rejected from all of her others. That gives me a lot of hope :)
  • hoveringmomhoveringmom Posts: 383Registered User Member
    Actr12, JME1992 is totally right--all you need is one acceptance. This doesn't have to do with musical theatre, but my older D was rejected by several lower level schools but accepted by Williams. Anything is possible. Especially in theatre programs. Hang in there, and best of luck.
  • stagemumstagemum Posts: 544Registered User Member
    I'm sure you'll get into at least one of your schools, and, as a firm believer in Karma, it will be the right one for you. My son is still holding out for Emerson or BU, but he is grateful to already have two attractive options in UArts and Rutgers School of Arts & Sciences (where he can major in Theatre, and take classes at Mason Gross, while having the flexibility to pursue outside interests, and possibly attend a football or basketball game sometime). I heartily recommend current juniors to apply to at least one or two schools with rolling admissions or non-binding early decision options.
  • Actr12Actr12 Posts: 67User Awaiting Email Confirmation Junior Member
    Hoveringmom: Thank you for your words of encouragement! :)
    Stagemum: Thank you! I applied to BU as well. Its a great program and when the staff worked with me I grew A LOT! I hope your son has good luck with Emerson and BU!!
  • StrangeBroStrangeBro Posts: 365Registered User Member
    Rejected: DePaul, Coastal Carolina, Texas State
    Waiting on: Emerson, Texas Christian
    Accepted: Southern Utah
    Accepted and Attending: Chapman

    There's definitely a trend that I was rejected from the more competitive schools, but I personally prioritized Chapman as my #1 because of peripheral factors (location, weather, local scene). Keep your chin up-- once you find a place that's right for you, even if you weren't building it up as your personal favorite, all of the rejections just roll right off. As I said in another thread, you can use them as motivation to succeed in the future; my new goal is to make the admissions officers who passed over me kick themselves someday. ;)
  • Gwen FairfaxGwen Fairfax Posts: 2,435Registered User Senior Member
    Smart strategy, strangebro, and I've heard great things about Chapman too! Congratulations.
  • Actr12Actr12 Posts: 67User Awaiting Email Confirmation Junior Member
    Strangebro: I agree with Gwen Fairfax. Chapman has a really great theatre program! Congratulations! I definitely agree with you about that. When I auditioned with Juilliard though it wasn't a great experience for me, the head of the Drama Department gave us a talk about all the people that they denied that have gone on to become successful actors. He was like "the college process is all about finding the place that is best for you." That was the best thing I got from that experience.
    But I have another question: I fully believe in that statement but can someones college name influence future work? Will casting directors ever see a certain school or schools and go definitely not or definitely yes during an audition? I've often heard that that can happen
  • luvzthe8rluvzthe8r Posts: 106Registered User Junior Member
    @ StrangeBro

    Chapman is a great University! They also have a top-notch film program and I am guessing you will have the opportunity to be in some of their productions as well. Good luck there! The weather IS awesome (except for Santa Ana winds sometimes.). I know because I used to live in Orange County.

    My strategy this year was to lock in my safeties right away and get those acceptances in hand. Then I had a total mix of BA and BFA programs in both Acting and MT and a couple Conservatories. It was easy to pick the dream schools but I also tried to get some I thought were good fits. My final list was 11 colleges/programs. So I began with two acceptances, then had a rejection within an hour of my audition (Julliard - yeah BIG reach!) and two weeks later found out I had been accepted to my dream school (The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) for MT and am also on a list of finalists or wait-listed (can't really tell by their terminology) for Acting. So whether MT or Acting I am almost certainly going to Glasgow!

    Now I am starting to get all the rejections and I thought it would be no big deal, but it can still sting - especially for those colleges where I thought I had done REALLY well at the audition. I mean, some were obvious "No's" meaning no connection and no warm and fuzzy feeling (like Julliard) - and those rejections are easier. But the others did kinda hurt. I'm still waiting to hear from a few more colleges, but I am thrilled by my dream "yes" and I doubt any other offers will be as good as theirs.

    Good luck to everyone waiting to hear. I hope each of us gets an offer that we like...and if not, don't give up! You have worked too hard to take "No" for an answer. Take a gap year and try again.
  • niksmomniksmom Posts: 12Registered User New Member
    Actr12 - Very, very rarely. Casting agents are looking for the best actor for the part - regardless of where they have been trained or even whether they've been formally trained. I think having a particular school on your resume may peak interest, but I know for a fact when they are casting a movie, your school isn't even a factor.
  • amtcamtc Posts: 2,636Registered User Senior Member
    Actr12 - You will be admitted to a college with an acting program because you included a non-audition school. Smart Girl!!!
  • JME1992JME1992 Posts: 151Registered User Junior Member
    I have to completely agree with what Luvzthe8r, even with an acceptance in hand a rejection will always hurt. In a way, as tough is it seems now, all this rejection could be a great way of preparing us for the real world. The schools you do eventually get into will be the right ones for you and despite the rejections from other places, that school you end up attending will be the one you were always supposed to go to!

    Also, I have to give a HUGE congratulations to luvzth8re for getting into The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland!!! I live in Europe and that is one of the most talked about and famous programs. If you get in there, people practically expect to see you on the red carpet one day :P! I have a friend who also has gotten waitlisted for Acting and everyone here was thrilled with even that! So congrats on getting in!
  • typecasttypecast Posts: 173Registered User Junior Member
    JME1992 do you know anything on the LIPA program?
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