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Funniest unsolicited email from a college.

TimeFlies2TimeFlies2 80 replies30 threads Junior Member
S20 got this one today from a T50-100 school. Maybe these are common on CC but my dear S is a B+/A- student and not used to getting this kind of love. The "pre-filled" line has us laughing our heads off. For the truly lazy.


"Based on what we know about you, we feel strongly that you'd be an excellent candidate for the incoming XXXX class. We understand you have a lot on your plate right now, so we've selected you for a SPECIAL OFFER to make your life easier:

We pre-filled your application with the information we already have.
We waived your essay requirement!
Plus, our application has no fee!"

Surely there are more funny emails from random schools that pop up. Anyone have any?
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  • Groundwork2022Groundwork2022 2799 replies64 threads Senior Member
    DD got a college brochure of some type in the mail. The back had a photo of a student with the words, "I can't believe this is my life!". She and DH cracked themselves up saying that in many different ways and inflections, most of which didn't convey what that college probably intended. It really wasn't the most effective marketing pitch.
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  • bookwormbookworm 9100 replies72 threads Senior Member
    Timedlies2, our financial and academic safety was the state flagship. If son had gotten such a nice letter, and it was a college worth considering, I’d be flattered, and of course, have son apply.
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 8714 replies82 threads Senior Member
    D got a ton of mail from LACs without engineering programs. They basically said “come major in math/physics” with a clear “you don’t want/need to be an engineer” message. Went right in the trash.
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  • anomanderanomander 1747 replies4 threads Senior Member
    TBH, no essay, no fee, and partially pre-filled application sounds pretty awesome if that school is a consideration.
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  • TimeFlies2TimeFlies2 80 replies30 threads Junior Member
    edited January 24
    anomander wrote: »
    TBH, no essay, no fee, and partially pre-filled application sounds pretty awesome if that school is a consideration.

    It's not a consideration! That's the whole point. This random perfectly good school located 2000 miles away sounds like they are fishing for more applicants. Why? Just so they can look more selective, I assume. Messes with your head though.
    edited January 24
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  • kidzncatzkidzncatz 1061 replies7 threads Senior Member
    @TimeFlies2 Maybe they are fishing for applicants . Maybe they need more good applicants. Is your son a reasonable candidate for the school based on grades and scores? If so, it's not that unreasonable. Maybe they'd like to have more kids from other parts of the country. My kids got these kinds of "pre-filled" applications (both email and snail mail) from smaller private schools. If your son's grades and scores are below the 25%ile for the school, it appears to be more or a ploy to get more applicants so they can look more selective.
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  • garlandgarland 16154 replies202 threads Senior Member
    If he's not interested, that's fine, but I'm missing why it was so funny. Having school's been looking for more applicants for generations? And sometimes, they get the ones they want that way.
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  • TimeFlies2TimeFlies2 80 replies30 threads Junior Member
    garland wrote: »
    I'm missing why it was so funny.

    OK, I'm sorry :(

    It seemed very ironic to him that after he worked so hard right up until deadlines for his other schools, answering abstract supplement questions, that this random pretty decent school would come out of nowhere and offer to pre-fill the application and waive the essay requirement (and fee). He had never heard of anything like that except for fee waivers from some local schools that didn't interest him. How come none of the schools he actually applied to offered to do that? Looks like he's a solid candidate for this one, but same is true for almost all the ones he actually applied to.


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  • SJ2727SJ2727 2257 replies8 threads Senior Member
    edited January 25
    TimeFlies2 wrote: »
    anomander wrote: »
    TBH, no essay, no fee, and partially pre-filled application sounds pretty awesome if that school is a consideration.

    It's not a consideration! That's the whole point. This random perfectly good school located 2000 miles away sounds like they are fishing for more applicants. Why? Just so they can look more selective, I assume. Messes with your head though.

    Don’t jump to conclusions. D19 had a no fee no essay (well, “optional” essay) application offer. She did it because it was just a case of checking a box on the common app for her. She got an offer, with some merit $$. To be fair it wasn’t entirely unsolicited as she had visited the school, but I thought the no essay would be a dealbreaker (everyone here says optional essays aren’t really optional if you want to show interest), and it wasn’t. Her stats were kind of average for the school. Sometimes what seems to be looking to increase “selectivity”, isn’t that mercenary.
    edited January 25
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  • mm5678mm5678 57 replies0 threads Junior Member
    We got that one today too!
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  • 123Mom123123Mom123 71 replies3 threads Junior Member
    Same here. Didn’t open it. Just tossed it.
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  • BenniesMom1BenniesMom1 86 replies3 threads Junior Member
    edited 3:47AM
    doschicos wrote: »
    But I want to know the name of the school now. Somebody open it! :)

    Right?? My sentiments exactly. Somebody PLEASE open the plain white envelope !! 😛Inquiring Minds Want to Know !
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  • cypresspatcypresspat 537 replies11 threads Member
    I was surprised by how many emails he got allowing him to extend the deadline. And one school, with a national name, extended it several times (along with no fee, abbreviated app, etc.). He got several ‘okay, three more days’ emails. That school was one he had expressed early interest in, though. Not random. And they had been emailing him all along.
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  • Cof22momCof22mom 70 replies4 threads Junior Member
    DD got the white envelope and was too curious not to go to the website & find out...it was Welsleyan...and now being recycled.

    Funniest mail she received was from CalTech....CalTech! That just seems mean! The mailer itself wasn’t particularly humorous, but I think that’s even harder to get into then MIT. SMH
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  • NJWrestlingmomNJWrestlingmom 1445 replies2 threads Senior Member
    WVU sent S17 a TON of mail - funny to begin with because he said from day 1 he didn't want to be more than a couple hours from home. But while S17 has many wonderful traits - being a hardworking student in high school wasn't one of them! He was the kind that did what he had to to get by. We all chuckled at the WVU mailer starting with, "You've worked hard to get yourself where you are today". LOL (he has worked hard at college, thankfully!).
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  • NhatrangNhatrang 544 replies1 threads Member
    RichInPitt wrote: »
    My D received a plain white envelope today with no return address. On the back, in big print, it said "WE ARE A UNIVERSITY THAT WON"T TELL YOU OUR NAME".

    OK, then you are a university that will go right in the trash, whoever you were.

    Weird.

    OMG, i am laughing so hard on this one :-)
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  • NCKrisNCKris 274 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Caltech actively recruits girls in STEM. Their M-F ratio is not good compared to MIT.
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