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How to withdraw applications?

MarianMarian Registered User Posts: 12,525 Senior Member
edited December 2010 in Parents Forum
My kid got accepted ED. :) She is obligated to withdraw her applications to all other colleges.

How does she do this?

And is she supposed to do it for all the schools or only those for which her applications were complete? (She submitted at least some information to six other schools but only completed the applications to two of them.)
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Replies to: How to withdraw applications?

  • daffymomdaffymom Registered User Posts: 456 Member
    When my son was admitted ED he wrote to admissions at every other school that he had submitted an application even if the application was not yet complete - missing recommendation etc. He informed admissions that he was withdrawing his application as he been accepted ED and kept copies of the letters. Several of the schools thanked him for informing them promptly.
  • frostburg2010frostburg2010 Registered User Posts: 648 Member
    I'm a college freshman and the same thing happened to me last year. I just called the admissions officices of all the other schools I had sent applications to and told them that I was withdrawing my application or that I was declining the offer of admission that they had given me. Yes, it means that you wasted however much you sent for the application fees of schools that you are withdrawing the application for, but that's a risk we take when we apply ED.
  • Venkat89Venkat89 Registered User Posts: 7,327 Senior Member
    Like 20 schools have my transcript and one of two teacher recs and nothing else. Should I inform these schools I got in ED?
  • AlumotherAlumother Registered User Posts: 6,233 Senior Member
    Marian - and you're not telling where:).
  • garlandgarland Registered User Posts: 15,037 Senior Member
    Venkater--my S did not formally inform a school which only had Part 1 (essentially name and address) SAT score, and student interview. They never got the actual app, transcripts, essays, anything like that. In March, they formally rejected him (upping their numbers). In retrospect, we realize he made a mistake, so yes, turn down even the ones that got just a few parts.
  • AudiB4AudiB4 Registered User Posts: 495 Member
    I would suggest a written notification. My Son did this for all the other schools after he was accepted ED. I even followed up with a call a month later and one school had not received the written letter so they had me fax the original. I was told that since ED is binding, not informing the schools is considered a real no-no and could cause a problem if they interpreted it as a deliberate way to get around it and see what other offers came through (even if it was just an oversight).
  • JustaMomJustaMom Registered User Posts: 2,377 Senior Member
    A simple note...

    "Please note that I am officially withdrawing my application for the incoming class of 2011, I was accepted by my ED school, and must withdraw. Thank in for your consideration. Sincerely, Joe SS # 123-45-6789"
  • mum07mum07 Registered User Posts: 132 Junior Member
    My D is mailing her letters tomorrow - 9 to schools who have received completed apps and 3 to schools who have partial ones (yikes!). She just wrote a short note requesting that her application be withdrawn. She did tell them the name of her ED school. Cornell has the best system - you can withdraw online easily.
  • NJresNJres Registered User Posts: 5,868 Senior Member
    Congrats! :)
  • Venkat89Venkat89 Registered User Posts: 7,327 Senior Member
    I am telling my EA school that I am not attending, and am going to withdraw the two other apps I completed. I am not telling anything to the other schools because it's too much work. I'll take a rejection if they hand them out to people who have not paid the application fee.
  • audiophileaudiophile Registered User Posts: 2,569 Senior Member
    My daughter had three other completed apps when she was accepted ED. She e-mailed all three schools, two replied within a day wishing her luck. She called and sent a follow up letter to the third.
  • NorthstarmomNorthstarmom Registered User Posts: 24,853 Senior Member
    "I am telling my EA school that I am not attending, and am going to withdraw the two other apps I completed. I am not telling anything to the other schools because it's too much work. "

    ? How much work is it to e-mail the admissions office? You could probably easily do that during some of the time you're spending on CC.
  • frostburg2010frostburg2010 Registered User Posts: 648 Member
    And with EA, you aren't required to withdraw other apps, since it's non-binding. If you're 100% sure you're ready to commit to your EA school, just call or e-mail the admissions offices of every school and tell them you're accepted an offer at another school. They'll appreciate having knowing they can accept someone that they wouldn't be able to if they had to accept you. With housing limits schools can only accept so many qualified applicants. They also won't have to send you acceptance materials for no reason. Just call or e-mail so you can be done with it and enjoy the holiday and the rest of senior year.
  • mjmommjmom Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    Last year my son was accepted ED and here on CC he was advised that there was no need to withdraw the incomplete applications. To our great surprise, in April he received 3 waitlists (one of them from a very top school) and 1 angry letter from another college about his unethical behavior. So it became obvious that colleges can consider even uncompleted applications.
  • MarianMarian Registered User Posts: 12,525 Senior Member
    Cornell has the best system - you can withdraw online easily.

    Well, I don't think that will help my daughter. Cornell is the school that she got into ED. :)

    Thanks for all the information, everybody. I will pester her to send her withdrawals to all the other schools -- along with her acceptance to Cornell -- this weekend.
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