How To Get A College Acceptance Letter…after being denied!

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Getting denied or wait-listed for college admission is not good, nor is it something that any applicant wants to see in a letter from the university.  9 times out of 10, students who’ve been denied admission aren’t in a position to do much about it.  They didn’t get a college acceptance letter for a reason.  They’re grades, test scores and overall performance in high school weren’t very good and they were probably applying to “see what happens”.

But if you do get that denial letter and you feel strongly that you meet their admission standards, what can you do to get reconsidered?  Let’s take a look at some ways to persuade the college admissions committee to give you another look and possibly grant you admission after you’ve been rejected!

Get A College Acceptance Letter…after being denied!

 If you are a student that’s “on the bubble” with admission to your college of choice, here are a few tips on how to go from “denied” status, to accepted!

Retake the ACT or SAT
The ACT is the most widely used college admission test and is accepted at 99% of the colleges in the U.S., if not all of them!  The first time you took the ACT was probably during you Junior year of high school.  Most students do not take it more than once, but did you know that you can resend a higher ACT score to the college(s) that denied you admission?

Yes, it’s true.  Retaking the ACT or SAT test and scoring higher than the original score that was used in the college’s decision to deny you, forces that school to re-evaluate your credentials and give you another decision.  But, this will not guarantee anything and you should keep a couple things in mind…

First, when you retake the ACT or SAT as a senior, you will have that much more knowledge under your belt because you will have completed your Junior year and probably some of your Senior level courses.  Scoring a point or two higher on the ACT is not uncommon, and can make more of a difference than you might think.  So, yes…it’s advantageous for you retake either of those tests and resend the higher score.  The worse that can happen is they say “no” again.

Resend your Transcripts
Resending your transcript to your college of choice won’t do much if you do not have an updated GPA and/or Class Rank.  Also, make sure you do as well as you possibly can during your first semester of senior year.  This will make a positive difference in your GPA/Class rank and may just push you over the edge with admissions.

The key here is to do well.  Obviously you’d want as close to straight A’s as possible, but if that’s not do-able then shoot for anything higher than your current GPA.  Resending your transcripts with lower grades, GPA and Class Rank will not do anything for you, so don’t even waste your time.

Send Additional Letters of Recommendation
This is a tricky one.  Before we go any further, please make note and adhere to ALL admission requirements.  If your school only required you to send 3 letters of recommendation and you’ve already done that, then do not send anything else.  Not following the admission guidelines by sending the school additional materials that they don’t ask for will have a negative impact on your admission status.  It shows that you cannot follow directions, and colleges pay attention to that.

Ok, that being said, finding one or two favorable letters to send may do the trick for you.  One thing to focus on is to find someone who has attended that college and is an alumni.  Teachers, coaches and family friends are a good place to start looking.  If you find an alumni, have them write a letter stating how you would be a good fit for the university.  Colleges like alumni letters because they have experienced the school and know what it take to succeed there.

If you can’t find an alumni, chose someone who is in a leadership role at the school or in the community.  The more prestigious the person, the better it will look for you.  But be forewarned:  Submitting additional letters of recommendation is a secondary strategy for getting accepted.  A higher ACT score and grades will always be much more effective and are the preferred method for getting in.

These methods for getting an acceptance letter after you’ve been denied may seem relatively simple, but they do work in some cases.  The closer you are to meeting all admission requirements, the better off you’ll be when you go to appeal their decision.  As we’ve stated above, retaking the ACT (or SAT) is probably the primary thing to focus on.  It’s not uncommon for seniors retaking the ACT to score 2 to 4 or even 5 points higher!

If you do that, you will be in a GREAT position to gain that college acceptance letter…AFTER you’ve been denied!

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