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Join if you got rejected EVERYWHERE....

sketchpadsketchpad Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
edited August 2011 in College Admissions
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I got rejected from 16 schools, apparently they were all reaches, I think I did a very good job. I know I am not a genius and I know there are people who got better prepared. For a regular human my stats are really good, not to mention my awesome Ec's.

I think my major mistake was sending the score of my first SATI sit. The second was asking for Financial Aid.

I don't feel happy, excited, proud or anything positive, in fact I felt like crap yesterday and today I feel better still alittle angry but I am trying to get over it. But yet Im not thrilled, my first reaction was Am I such a bad applicant? 16 years for this?.....Am I that stupid?

But after seeing the odds, I shouldve started with a more real prediction, a little under-estimation. Lets face it, we are all strong applicants, with great things to offer and with a wonderful past. Too bad we got rejected. But just take a lot at stats, HOW MANY PEOPLE APPLIED THIS YEAR! wow too many! record!

If you got rejected, post here and if possible share what you think put you in disadvantage. This way we won't feel alienated for being rejected, a lot of people got rejected and a lot of people got rejected everywhere, dont feel bad, It wasnt you.
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  • calgirl15calgirl15 Registered User Posts: 613 Member
    I guess if I had to point to one thing or two which I suspect got me rejected, it would probably be my GPA (3.8 unweighted definitely isn't stellar compared to the massive amounts of applicants with 4.0s), but I attended 3 different high schools so that had a bit of impact on it. Another thing would probably have been my lack of involvement with in-school activities, but again, that was difficult to do due to transferring so much.
  • SamsungSamsung Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
    Sorry guys =/

    Hopefully you'll figure something out/end up somewhere that gets you to where you want to be.
  • sketchpadsketchpad Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    My GPA is 3.8 too, pretty high compared to my peers and national average.
    My sat was 1400 first sitting 2210 second.

    I think I got rejected because 1. low sat, 2. after sending the 2nd sitting score adcoms might have thought that A) I cheated (jumping from 1400- 2210) or B) didnt get the score on time to be considered.
  • calgirl15calgirl15 Registered User Posts: 613 Member
    Ah, I recall reading about your SAT story on another thread. That's very unfortunate. Which school are you planning on attending?
  • coureurcoureur Registered User Posts: 11,386 Senior Member
    >>I think I got rejected because 1. low sat, 2. after sending the 2nd sitting score adcoms might have thought that A) I cheated (jumping from 1400- 2210) or B) didnt get the score on time to be considered.<<

    Also your case was not helped by being an international asking for financial aid. Many schools do not offer financial aid to internationals.
  • sketchpadsketchpad Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    calgirl15 thanks, I will take a gap year.
    Coureur, I forgot that one lol I think that was the heaviest reason, second my sats.
  • mathematicismmathematicism Registered User Posts: 708 Member
    Don't quite fit the OP's requirement, but still.

    I applied to 12 schools, was rejected by 8 and waitlisted by 3, only got into BC.

    Most basic stats: SAT 2330, GPA 3.9
  • ClassicRockerDadClassicRockerDad Registered User Posts: 6,365 Senior Member
    It's not over.

    You don't have to take a gap year.

    See my post

    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/college-admissions/1115648-what-reasons-behind-my-downfall.html

    How much can you afford if you had to pay full price?
  • happymomof1happymomof1 Registered User Posts: 28,713 Senior Member
    sketchpad is an international applicant. That alone is enough to change most of his/her chances at the places where he/she applied.
  • clandestinerogueclandestinerogue Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    We're pretty much in the same boat, except that I'm currently taking a year off (due to a family emergency), so I can't possibly take another year off.

    Were you outright rejected from all the schools, or at least waitlisted at some of it?
  • LaziderousLaziderous Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    I'm still waiting for results from four schools, but as of right now, I'm in the same boat as you. I applied to thirteen different universities, and was plain rejected by the nine I've received letters from.

    To be honest, I'm sitting here, wondering to myself whether I made the right decisions. I feel especially bad for letting my parents down, and have no idea how I can make things up to them. I'm assuming my biggest hindering traits were a need for financial aid, as well as being an international applicant from a small, not very well known private high school.

    Is there a way I could still apply to some universities? I've been looking at some in Michigan, but without much success.
  • ClassicRockerDadClassicRockerDad Registered User Posts: 6,365 Senior Member
    It is not too late to apply to universities.

    What are your stats? What can you afford? What do you want to study?
  • LaziderousLaziderous Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    @ClassicRockerDad:

    My stats aren't very good, to be honest. I have an unweighted GPA of 3.4, an SAT Score of 2200, and a TOEFL iBT score of 116. I come from a high income family that claims to be able to pay any university's tuition, fees, etc. for four years. As for interests, I'd like to study International Relations, Political Sciences, Law, Economics: essentially anything along those lines, if you get my drift.

    Thanks beforehand; I've been panicking for the last few hours, and it hasn't gotten me very far.
  • ClassicRockerDadClassicRockerDad Registered User Posts: 6,365 Senior Member
    I come from a high income family that claims to be able to pay any university's tuition, fees, etc. for four years.

    Count your blessings. Your SAT is very good. The 3.4 is not too bad.

    There are schools like Clemson that have late application deadlines. That's a public school with 5/1 deadline. Beloit doesn't officially have a deadline.

    Get on the phone and see if they are taking applications before you send one in.

    More questions for you.

    1) Do you insist on the United States or is Canada an option. Deadlines for some schools there have not passed.

    2) Do you want a small liberal arts college where you can foster a close relationship with faculty, or do you prefer a large research university where you have to find your own way.

    A list comes out every year in early May with schools that have unfilled seats. Every year there are some surprisingly good schools on this list. For a person of means this is a golden opportunity to move on.

    Some past entries have been

    Gutavus Adolphus
    College of Wooster
    Ohio Wesleyan
    University of Pittsburgh
    University of Arizona
    Williamette
    St John's College (Great Books the whole 4 years)
  • LaziderousLaziderous Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    @ClassicRockerDad

    I should have taken advantage of the extra resources I had access to. I'd explain my background, but I don't think it would make a difference. Either way, I'm extremely grateful for your help.

    I've considered Canada, and after some thought I honestly don't see why Canadian schools aren't an option. All in all, I'd be willing to go to one. As for school size, I can't say I have a definite preference; I attended a large public middle school, and then moved on to a small private high school. Both had their ups and downs.

    As for the list, I never knew such a thing existed. If I can't decide on a school by then, I may consider taking a look at it.

    Let me know if there are any other criteria you were curious about, and thanks again.
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