Ok, you just got rejected from your top-choice college, now what? It's justifiable to feel disappointed. But with the college response day set a May 1st for many colleges nationally, you don't have much time to recover from the rejection. So, you have to make some quick decisions.
We will share 3 courses of action you should consider if you are rejected from your top-choice college.
1. Go to the next best school you got into.
It's likely that you applied to more than one college and that you were accepted to at least one of them. You can even come to love this college as much or even more than your first-choice. Make the best of the situation.
One of our students, whom I'll call Nancy here, was rejected into her dream college (a high reach for her) and ended up in her state college. As a freshman, she is loving the college right now; she's extremely happy and doing well at her second-choice college. Nancy will not consider transferring out of this college at all.
2. Go to a community college and try to transfer later.
Taking classes at a community college or local state school can always help students transfer to their first-choice college. But there are a few things that students need to know about transfer: not all colleges accept transfer students, such as Princeton University..
Transfer requirements differ from incoming freshman requirements. And the acceptance rate for transfer applicants can be lower than i is for incoming freshman, such as Yale University.
3. Apply to another college with a later deadline.
There are some colleges with late deadlines. Colleges with a rolling admissions may still have spots open. You just have to search around and see which schools have late application deadlines.
We understand that receiving a denial letter from a top-choice college always hurts, but there's always a great college out there for every student. Students can always make it work, whether they go with their second-choice school, transfer to their first-choice school or apply to a new school entirely.
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Stephenie, having been a tutor/instructor/mentor since 1996, discovered her passion and founded Lee Academia Educational Consulting, LLC. after she left the dental and medical field. She loves teaching/mentoring and counseling her students. Her passion lies in educating others and helping them pursue their educational path. Today, certified in College Counseling and with more than 10 years of experience, Stephenie and her team continues to blog about current updated educational news and events.
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