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Just got rejected - Appeal process?

johns91johns91 Posts: 10Registered User New Member
Hello all,

I have just been rejected from the University of Florida, which was my first choice school. It's so hard to write this right now, as I'm trembling from the shock. UF was the perfect school for me with its low-tuition and high standards of academics.

What hurts me the most is that some of my classmates with almost no extracurriculars and with lower test scores and GPA have been accepted (I don't mean to sound arrogant or anything by saying this, but I am at a loss of words at the moment).

My GPA is not super-high but is still in the range. However, I have shown a significant increase of GPA throughout the years, where my UF GPA of junior year was 4.64. I have always taken the most rigorous courses available and held several leadership positions.

Now, there are two reasons why I believe my appeal would cause in the reconsideration of my application:
1. Around 300 community hours (due to certain complications, my community hours could not be recorded on my transcript by the time my application was sent. I had to send in my transcript with 0 community hours.)
2. A senior semester GPA of 4.7 (this is an indication of the persistence of the upward trend which I've achieved)

Do you guys think the factors which I listed would provide the admissions committee with sufficient reasons to reconsider my application?

Also, how do you start this appeal process? I have tried searching but could not find any information on it. Any links or explanation of this process would be appreciated.

Thank you.
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Replies to: Just got rejected - Appeal process?

  • kristendotcomkristendotcom Posts: 203Registered User Junior Member
    I would be interested to know as well. Anyone?
  • harvey91harvey91 Posts: 2Registered User New Member
    I don't know about the appeal process, but I just want to say I know how you feel.

    I have a good GPA, took the most challenging coursework I could, had decent extracurriculars and standardized test scores and I've always written pretty good essays. I was flat out denied.

    It seems the admissions decisions are so random, because I've heard of so many people that got in with so much less than me. I just don't feel I have enough of a case to appeal.

    Sucks though, huh?
  • susanr64susanr64 Posts: 510Registered User Member
    My D was rejected from Florida as well. I don't know if there is an appeals process, but you should call admissions. Come May when a lot of kids are going elsewhere, who knows? But it's never good to hang your hat on one school. Florida gets a lot of good applicants and turns away a lot of good kids; I've seen kids get into Ivy schools but they were turned down from Florida.
  • johns91johns91 Posts: 10Registered User New Member
    It feels like my life is over right now. I'm very depressed at the moment. I am willing to go all the way and do whatever it takes to get admitted.

    Can you guys please tell me if my case is enough to make an appeal?

    @susanr64
    I understand that UF is a school with high standards and rejects many Ivy league quality applicants. But what I don't understand is how certain people with low stats and barely any extracurriculars can get accepted, given that they reject many Ivy league quality applicants.
  • susanr64susanr64 Posts: 510Registered User Member
    ^I can sympathize with your disappointment. I agree it doesn't look fair. But I think from the school's perspective, they don't want to accept only students with similar, high stats. UF, like all other schools, is probably concerned with their yield, and too many kids with high stats would represent a risk that a lot of those kids will go elsewhere, lowering their yield, and thus their rankings. Other than that, it is a crapshoot. I hope you feel better soon!
  • chelseaaarebeccachelseaaarebecca Posts: 25Registered User New Member
    what does it say when you get deferred?
    I'm still not sure if i've been admitted or not?
  • QueenoftheLabQueenoftheLab Posts: 3Registered User New Member
    No one gets deferred. It's a rejection or acceptance.
  • Ryan82Ryan82 Posts: 314Registered User Junior Member
    UF doesn't defer or wait-list as there is only one deadline.

    I am sorry it didn't work out for you guys. Maybe these threads will help.

    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/university-florida/653569-appeal.html

    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/university-florida/478433-did-anyone-hear-back-appeals-commitee-yet.html

    I heard appeals have close to a 3% success rate, but if it is truly your first choice, go for it and have no regrets.
  • truthequalitytruthequality Posts: 7Registered User New Member
    Do you meet criteria for 100% Bright Futures

    If so I would appeal as only 7% of High School Seniors in state meet criteria. Cant imagine how you could be rejected.
  • johns91johns91 Posts: 10Registered User New Member
    @truthequality
    Yes. The only thing that was probably lacking was the community service hours, which were not recorded by the time I sent the application due to certain complications. But I self reported my community hours in the application.
  • orishas92orishas92 Posts: 31Registered User Junior Member
    I got accepted today and from what I'm observing from kids at my school is that almost everyone is getting in. I had a 3.8 UF GPA, 2060 on my SAT (1370 math + reading), and around 500 hours. Granted, I'm a minority from Miami and was born in Cuba (my essay was on the hardships I experience in coming to this country). Point is UF is very random when it comes to accepting kids. I do think they are lenient with underrepresented minorites in the Miami area. I'm telling you, there are kids in my class with 3.0 GPA's and SAT scores in the 1100's and they got accepted. However, UF claims they have high standards and this is vindicated by the facts posted on their website.
  • Beretta9mmBeretta9mm Posts: 600Registered User Member
    Random my ass.

    Read "What You Don't Know Can Keep You Out of College" by Don Dunbar.

    That book states AND proves that college process isn't crapshoot or random.

    Amazon.com: What You Don't Know Can Keep You Out of College: A Top Consultant Explains the 13 Fatal Application Mistakes and Why Character Is the Key to College Admissions (9781592403028): Don Dunbar, G.F. Lichtenberg: Books

    I read it and I couldn't believe how many examples it gave of top applicants getting rejected by schools that otherwise should've been a no-problem-acceptance. It lists reasons too. Very good book.
  • susanr64susanr64 Posts: 510Registered User Member
    Haha well they didn't like a Cuban living in Chicago with decently high stats! UF has a very high instate population, 97%, 3% OOS. Can't argue with that though; that's what the state schools are for.
  • mrl1234mrl1234 Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    I didn't get in and I'm thinking its because of my boards and because I'm out of state. I'm honestly devestated it was my first choice too.
  • EmmajeEmmaje Posts: 7Registered User New Member
    If UF is where you really want to go, try applying as a transfer student.

    A few of my friends who didn't get accepted went to a community college for a semester then applied as a transfer student.

    Also, if you get you are a Florida resident and get your A.A. degree and Florida institution HAS to accept you. That's just an option. The A.A. degree takes about two years to get, 3 semesters (and summer) if you really want to speed up the process.

    Sorry, UF doesn't defer or wait list.
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