Can I appeal?

<p>Is it possible to appeal my decision? I got rejected, and I partially understand why (low SAT IIs and an unknown high school), but I really want this. The rest of my application was definately as good as other people I know who have gotten in there (SAT I 2210; National Merit; Student body president; Valedictorian; Violinist in great orchestra) So, can I appeal, and if so, what does it take?</p>

<p>Wow. From one student body president involved with orchestra to another, that is really rough. I'm sorry, best of luck to you.</p>

<p>I don't know anything about the legal aspects, but I have a question do you:
Would you really feel comfortable going to a school that didn't want you? I mean, that'd just feel awkward to me. People there will possibly know it and say: oh, there's this guy who only got in through legal methods etc. Don't you think that it wouldn't be a great situation for you?</p>

<p>im not in the situation mentioned above, but i think that your ^ argument is a feeble one.....the fact of the matter is that plenty of people who don't get into top school are just as if not more qualified than those that whats the difference between the person who got in because they had a connection or because they were from Wyoming as compared to somebody who got in through a second chance?</p>

<p>I'm really really sorry man. I know this must be tough but you're so accomplished that you will surely succeed no matter where you end up. You will most likely get into at least one or more of Duke's peer schools when next week rolls around.</p>

<p>Be proud. This is Duke's loss more than yours.</p>

<p>Thanks everyone! I'm still pretty upset, but atleast i've been accepted by Rice (my third choice), and I'm still waiting on Emory. I can't decide if I would want to go to a school that rejected me, but maybe if i really love a school i should just go for it. I dunno... We'll see.</p>

<p>Duke is a private school and can admit and reject applicants as they see fit. Only public schools have established appeal procedures. Because they have obligations to state taxpayers, the process for public school admissions decisions is required to be more transparent.</p>

<p>I know that Duke does have an appeal process, but I'm not quite sure what it entails. That's my question; is it impossible and useless, or is it worth it? I guess i'm still trying to answer those things myself.</p>

<p>What can it hurt? If it's not too taxing of a process, why not just try? You may feel better if you at least give it a shot.</p>

<p>agreed. if you have the effort and the energy you might want to try. also, see where you are on the waitlist, and write a very compelling letter if Duke is your #1, stating that if admitted, you will attend.</p>

<p>generally, when it comes to appeals, the only people I have heard of that got by appealing had papers missing or lost in the mail and that resulted in their denial or waitlisting. If everything was received, I don't think there is any argument you could make that would get you in. Sorry you didn't get it, and I'm sure you'll do great wherever you go, whether that is Rice, Emory, or somewhere else.</p>

<p>I've only heard of appeals in two situations. One fitzyman mentioned, some part of the application was lost or not received or something like that. The only other reason would be that something huge happened between the time you sent in your resume and now (ie. you won a very prestigious international award). Other than that, I think it's going to be an uphill battle. However, I do agree with the others: it can't hurt.</p>


<p>are you sure duke has an appeal process?</p>

<p>I got in and don't want to pay the high tuition. I was not a Merit Finalist, my SATs are 2280, I am a valedictorian but and I have other stuff, but isn't it all a crapshoot? I mean, I probably will get rejected by princeton or something. There are thousands of kids with high SAT's and other credentials. I guess they can't take everyone. Wish I could give you my slot.</p>

<p>This is a time when I wish people could call in colleges and ask why they have been wait listed or rejected. I can't say why the OP would have been rejected, he or she seems to be 'Duke material', there are just so many applicants and so few spots.</p>

<p>As a parent, I would advise my child to not pursue a school where they've been rejected. There are 1000s of other applicants, with the same stats as you - or better. Who also got rejected. You're in good company. You are not alone.</p>

<p>Your time can be better spent on other matters.
You will get into other schools, choose one, and you'll have a great time.</p>

<p>I think a student who's been wait listed has a better chance of getting in than a student who's been rejected and appeals the decision. And, from what I've read, very very few students ever get off the wait list. Which means, the chance of a rejected student being accepted is non-existent.</p>

<p>Move on.</p>