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University acceptance and denial letters

More colleges break the news to would-be students online

More than a quarter of college freshmen surveyed say they applied to seven or more schools, reflecting intense competition for admission to prominent institutions. Here are several examples of acceptance and denial letters. Officials note that content of the letters sometimes varies.

George Washington University

Acceptance letter

Dear [name],

Congratulations on your admission to the George Washington University! For nearly 200 years, GW has proudly welcomed new Colonials, and we are excited for you to be part of this great tradition. As a member of the Class of 2017, you will join a dynamic student community in a place of endless opportunities. GW offers an unparalleled setting for the next chapter of your life.

The competition for admission was particularly rigorous this year, as our freshman class of 2,350 was carefully chosen from nearly 22,000 applicants. We were impressed by your academic achievements and believe strongly in your potential for continued success. You are a remarkable individual, and we are confident that you will make a lasting contribution to GW and to the world.

Our namesake envisioned a great university in the nation’s capital dedicated to preparing future leaders. GW students uphold his legacy of intelligence, integrity and creativity as they pursue academic excellence. The opportunity to spend your college years in a vibrant city surrounded by exceptional people provides the foundation for an extraordinary life.

The George Washington University family welcomes you, and I personally look forward to greeting you on campus.

Raise High the Buff and Blue,

Karen S. Felton

Director of Admissions

Denial letter

Dear [name],

Thank you for applying to the George Washington University. After completing a careful review of your application and supporting credentials, our Admissions Committee has concluded that we are unable to offer you acceptance to the university. This year we received nearly 22,000 applications for 2,350 places, making the competition keen and our task difficult. Regrettably, we cannot accommodate all students interested in GW.

If your interest in GW remains, please note that we enroll a transfer class of nearly 300 students each year. We look forward to hearing from you in the future if you believe your needs could still be served at GW.

We are honored to have been placed on your list of college choices and appreciate the time you spent creating a thoughtful application for admission. We wish you great success in your college studies.

Sincerely,

Karen S. Felton

Director of Admissions

College of William & Mary

Acceptance letter

Dear [name],

Congratulations! It is my pleasure to offer you admission to the Class of 2017 at the College of William & Mary. This opportunity to join one of the most outstanding student bodies in the country comes in recognition of your academic and personal achievements. I and the other members of the Admission Committee know that you would be a valued member of the William & Mary community both in and out of the classroom.

In anticipation of the questions you may have, we have assembled the information in this folder for your careful review. In order to confirm your intention to enroll at William & Mary, please return the enclosed response card by May 1. You may include a check for your enrollment deposit or pay it online at wm.edu/admission/deposit. If you would like to visit campus again before you make your decision, I encourage you to join us at our Day for Admitted Students on April 13. Additional information will be sent to enrolling students in early May, and Orientation will begin on August 23.

On behalf of all of us who had the pleasure of reviewing your application, best wishes to you for a successful and enjoyable future. I hope your next steps lead to Williamsburg.

Sincerely,

Henry R. Broaddus

Dean of Admission

Denial letter

Dear [name],

The Admission Committee has completed the difficult task of selecting the group of students to be admitted to William & Mary. I am sorry that we are not able to offer you a place in next fall’s incoming class. I know that you invested much time and energy in your application, and I regret that this outcome is not different.

The decision was not an easy one to make, but it was reached through a thorough and thoughtful review. Your application was evaluated in the context of the entire applicant pool. It was read individually by at least two members of our staff. Owing to the fact that so many applicants present strong records of achievement, admission to the College is highly selective. It simply is not possible for us to offer admission to all students who could be successful at William & Mary.

We hope this final decision will not deter you from any of your personal aspirations. Indeed, all members of the Admission Committee wish you success in all future endeavors.

Sincerely,

Henry R. Broaddus

Dean of Admission

Virginia Tech

Acceptance letter

Dear [name],

Congratulations! We are delighted to offer you admission to Virginia Tech in General Engineering for Fall 2013 as a Freshman. Your hard work and determination have earned you a spot in the Virginia Tech Class of 2017! Since admission to Virginia Tech is a selective process, you should take pride in this accomplishment.

Your response to the offer of admission and matriculation fee must be submitted online by May 1, 2013 or mailed and postmarked by May 1, 2013. It is your responsibility to read and follow the enclosed Final Requirements sheet. Keep in mind that all offers of admission are conditional upon your continued academic success and completion of the final requirements for admission.

Once you accept this offer, your Virginia Tech student ID number will be XXXXXXXXX. Our records show that you are classified as an out-of-state student for tuition purposes.

I look forward to receiving your response to our offer of admission. You can find out more in the enclosed materials, including information on housing and dining, instructions for accepting your offer, and the list of Final Requirements. If we may furnish additional information, please let us know. I wish to extend you a warm welcome and best wishes for your success at Virginia Tech.

Sincerely,

Mildred R. Johnson

Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Denial letter

Dear [name],

Thank you for your application for admission to Virginia Tech. Members of the Admissions Committee have carefully reviewed your application and we regret that the university cannot offer you a place in the 2013 freshman class. This decision is not a dismissal of your academic ability or promise, but a reflection of the keen competition among the applicants for the limited space in our freshman class.

In reviewing your application, we considered the strength of your academic curriculum, performance in the courses selected and standardized test scores, as well as other supporting information that may have been included. The selection process for the Class of 2017 has been the most competitive ever. More than 19,000 applicants competed for 5,300 freshman seats.

Since you have a strong desire to attend Virginia Tech, you may wish to consider applying as a transfer student after you have successfully completed one or more years at a community college or other accredited college or university. About one-fifth of Tech graduates first entered the university as transfer students. The university provides an online Transfer Guide containing recommended courses of study for majors at Virginia Tech. This document is available at www.tranguide.registrar.vt.edu. (Please note that no transfer applications will be accepted for the School of Design majors of Architecture or Industrial Design.)

We appreciate your interest in Virginia Tech and regret that we are unable to offer you admission. We encourage you to continue your education and pursue your career goals. Best wishes to you in all your endeavors.

Sincerely,

Mildred R. Johnson

Director of Undergraduate Admissions

St. Mary's College of Maryland

Acceptance letter

Dear [name],

Congratulations! You have been admitted to the Class of 2017 at St. Mary's College of Maryland, the public honors college of Maryland. Your credentials indicate that you are precisely the kind of engaged, thoughtful student who will thrive in this environment, and we hope you will choose to share your many talents with the St. Mary's community. This offer of admission is contingent upon successful completion of any course work you are currently pursuing.

Please take some time to review the important information in this packet carefully. We would especially like to extend our warmest invitation for you and your family to attend one of our Admitted Student Days, to be held this year on Monday, April 8 and Friday, April 12. On these exciting days, you'll have the opportunity to learn about St. Mary's multitude of academic and co-curricular options by visiting classes, meeting current students, and talking with our talented faculty. We hope you'll enjoy envisioning your Own path on our beautiful waterfront campus, and will know at the conclusion of your visit that St. Mary's is the place for you. Register for Admitted Student Day by visiting http://bit.ly/asd2013.

You now have access to the St. Mary's College web Portal. Your user name is ... and your password is ... Detailed instructions for accessing the Portal are included in this mailing. In addition, you have been assigned a unique St. Mary's ID number.

To reserve your place in the Class of 2017, you will need to submit a non-refundable $500 commitment deposit by May 1, 2013. Instructions for submitting your deposit either electronically or by mail are included in this packet. Deposits must be postmarked by May 1 to guarantee enrollment in the class. If you need help with any part of this process, please contact the Admissions Office at ......

The rigors of high school combined with the college search process are stressful, albeit exhilarating. As your high school career winds down, I hope you'll take some well deserved time to reflect upon your growth and accomplishments, and smile. Welcome to St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Sincerely,

Patricia F. Goldsmith

Dean of Admissions

Denial letter

Dear [name],

The admissions committee at St. Mary's College of Maryland has carefully evaluated your application. I regret that the College is not able to offer you admission at this time.

Most days I love my job. On days when I have to deny students admission, I hate it. I know this decision stings. No doubt you are wondering what you did wrong or where you came up short.

I would encourage you to move beyond those thoughts. Next fall, you are going to be at a college where you will grow and learn. You will make many good lifelong friends and enjoy new ventures, and four years from now you will hold a degree from an institution you love.

I sincerely thank you for your interest in St. Mary's College of Maryland, and I wish you all success and happiness in your future endeavors.

Sincerely yours,

Patricia F. Goldsmith

Dean of Admissions

University of Virginia

Acceptance letter

Dear [name],

It is with great pleasure that I write to offer you admission to the University of Virginia and to invite you to join the first-year class in the College of Arts and Sciences. You should take great pride in receiving this invitation; more than 28,980 students applied for the 3,485 places in this fall’s entering undergraduate class. Your inclusion in this group is a testament to your hard work and superior academic performance as well as the personal qualities that distinguish you from your peers.

The University of Virginia is unique among the world’s best colleges and universities. Our community stands for a set of distinct values that define its character and culture. With the Honor System, student self-governance, international engagement, and our commitment to public service, students here acquire an ethic of personal and civil responsibility which complements the skills they will learn and develop for use in their careers. If you accept this invitation to join us, you will become part of a global family of scholars who have high standards for academic achievement, ethics, and mutual respect. Those who join this community embrace these values and carry them on to the careers and communities they enter when they leave this place. Please know that continued excellence in both your academic and personal life is expected by the University of Virginia community.

Along with this offer of admission, I am enclosing an invitation to join us for one of our admitted student open house programs called Days on the Lawn, an opportunity for you to experience life on Grounds. Additional information about your next steps can be found in the Student Self Service Center (www.virginia.edu/sis). When you are ready to reply to our offer of admission, follow the online instructions to pay your advance tuition deposit in the amount of $400.00. This non-refundable deposit will be applied to your fall semester fees. To reserve your place in the class you must reply and submit your deposit online by May 1, 2013.

When he was preparing to open this University nearly 200 years ago, Thomas Jefferson wrote that students would come here to achieve “destinies of high promise.” In making this offer, we express profound admiration for your accomplishments to date, enormous confidence in your potential for continued success, and anticipation for the destiny of high promise that awaits you. I hope you will choose to join us here in Charlottesville as part of the Class of 2017.

Sincerely,

Greg W. Roberts

Dean of Admission

Denial letter

Dear [name],

The Committee on Admission has examined your application and carefully considered your academic, personal, and extracurricular credentials. We are sorry to inform you that we are unable to offer you admission for the first-year class entering this fall. More than 28,980 students applied for the 3,485 places in this year's incoming undergraduate class. The quality of the applicant pool was exceptional, and admission was extremely competitive.

We work very hard to ensure a fair and consistent review for all students who apply for admission. Our review process is holistic, meaning we consider many factors when evaluating each student’s application. Great care and attention to detail is given to every student who applies to the University. Please know that these decisions are never easy, and we recognize and respect your accomplishments and talents.

We deeply appreciate your interest in the University of Virginia, and we wish you the best as you finalize your college plans.

Sincerely,

Greg W. Roberts

Dean of Admission

University of Maryland

Acceptance letter

Dear [name],

Congratulations! I am pleased to offer you admission to the University of Maryland for the Fall 2013 semester. You were selected from a highly talented group of applicants. During our review, we were impressed with your academic achievements, talents and experiences. Your performance and commitments are of exceptional quality and you should take great pride in all you have accomplished.

At the University of Maryland, you will join a community of scholars and leaders --- students, faculty and alumni whose successes in the state and around the globe have had profound effects on our world. We are confident you will contribute to the legacy of innovation and leadership that has defined Maryland as a premier research institution, renowned for its academic reputation. Our small, distinctive learning communities with the enrichment experiences in and out of the classroom provide an environment of intellectual challenge and exploration. The university’s proximity to the nation’s capital offers an unbeatable location for participation in internships, research, government events, cultural programs and entrance into the global marketplace.

During the next few months, our faculty, staff and students will connect with you to share more about the extraordinary opportunities available on our campus and beyond. We invite you to engage with our vibrant community during one of our Admitted Student Open Houses.

I hope you decide to join the University of Maryland family. To respond to your offer of admission, please click here as soon as possible but no later than May 1, 2013.

I look forward to welcoming you to the University of Maryland class of 2017!

Sincerely,

Barbara Gill ’85 ‘91

Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Admissions and Enrollment Planning

Denial letter

Dear [name],

Thank you for your application for admission to the University of Maryland. After careful consideration of all aspects of your application, we are unable to offer you a space in our Fall 1013 freshman class.

Admission to the University of Maryland has become increasingly competitive. While the Admissions Committee noted your many accomplishments, space limitations in our freshman class require we make fine distinctions between many qualified students. Competition for a place in the Fall 2013 entering class was particularly keen as this year's applicant pool was incredibly academically talented.

We understand this decision is disappointing to you and your family. Although we are unable to offer you admission for the Fall 2013 semester, we strongly encourage you to consider transferring to the University of Maryland. Students who enroll at a regionally accredited two- or four-year college and earn a competitive grade point average may apply for a future term. If you would like to learn more about our transfer admission policies, please visit our website or contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

We appreciate your interest in the University of Maryland. We wish you success as you pursue your educational goals.

Sincerely,

Shannon R. Gundy

Director

MIT

Acceptance letter

Dear [name],

On behalf of the Admissions Committee, it is my pleasure to offer you admission to the MIT Class of 2017! You stood out as one of the most talented and promising students in one of the most competitive applicant pools in the history of the Institute. Your commitment to personal excellence and principled goals has convinced us that you will both contribute to our diverse community and thrive within our academic environment. We think that you and MIT are a great match.

You’ll likely have offers of admission from many fine schools, but we hope that you’ll choose to enroll at MIT. You have until May 1, 2013 to let us know if you’ll call MIT home for the next four years. Until then, we look forward to building our relationship with you and helping you to get to know us better. We hope you will join us on campus for Campus Preview Weekend (CPW), April 11-14, 2013.

If you are a financial aid applicant, any information about your financial aid application can be found on your MyMIT portal. Simply scroll down past the Application Tracking to Financial Aid. If your financial aid application is complete, your award letter will be available on your MyMIT portal beginning March 18. If you have any questions about financial aid, feel free to contact Student Financial Services at .......

MIT’s mission is to educate students in science and technology to best prepare them to solve the world’s greatest challenges. Make no mistake, the rigor here is real, but so is the excitement of discovery in the classroom. The ways students collaborate and help each other are varied and many.

I hope you’ll agree with us that MIT is the perfect place to prepare for your future. As a member of our community, you’ll join builders, scholars, entrepreneurs, and humanitarians. Together, you will make all the difference in a world that desperately needs you.

Many congratulations and welcome to MIT! Now stop reading this and go celebrate!

Sincerely,

Stuart Schmill

Dean of Admissions

Denial letter

Dear [name],

The Admissions Committee has completed its review of your application. I am very sorry to tell you that we are unable to offer you admission to MIT.

Please understand that this is in no way a judgment of you as a student or as a person, since our decision has more to do with the applicant pool than anything else – many of our applicants are not offered admission simply because we don't have enough space in our entering class. This year we had nearly 19,000 candidates for fewer than 1,600 offers of admission, from which will come our 1,100 freshmen. Since all of our decisions are made at one time and all available spaces have been committed, all decisions are final.

I wish you the very best in all of your future endeavors.

Sincerely,

Stuart Schmill

Dean of Admissions

University of Maryland Baltimore County

Acceptance letter

Dear [name],

I am very pleased to inform you of your admission to UMBC .... As an Honors University, we take great pride in our students and their commitment to academic excellence. I want to congratulate you on your accomplishments and I look forward to you joining our campus community.

I have enclosed a variety of materials to share our excitement. In addition to information about New Student Orientation and academic advising, as well as placement testing, you will also find information about campus life, ranging from student organizations to sports clubs, the University Commons to the Retriever Activities Center, and our campus residence halls to the surrounding communities. Please take a look at the enclosed housing brochure to learn more about our housing options.

For tuition charges, you have been classified as an out-of-state student in accordance with the Board of Regents' policy.

To reserve your place in the ... class, please submit the Enrollment Deposit by May 1, 2013. To facilitate the enrollment process, you will need to generate your myUMBC account via accounts.umbc.edu. In order to create this account, you will need your Campus ID. Your Campus ID is ...

We also ask that you forward a final official transcript to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions upon completing your academic year. Our offer of admission is contingent on your maintaining good grades and a record of exemplary personal conduct between now and your enrollment. In addition, students with expressed interests in particular majors should consult the Undergraduate Catalog for program specific requirements and related institutional policies.

Again, congratulations on your admission to UMBC. I look forward to seeing you at New Student Orientation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. We will be happy to assist you.

Sincerely,

Dale Bittinger

Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Denial letter

Dear [name],

We appreciate your interest in UMBC. Admission to UMBC has become more competitive and after carefully reviewing your application, we are unable to offer you admission for ...

We would welcome the opportunity to consider your application for admission to UMBC for Spring 2014. We ask that you complete at least 14 credits of transferable college level course work in traditional academic subjects. Competitive applicants typically present an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher in all college level coursework. If you wish to have your application reviewed for Spring 2014, please send us a letter stating this interest by September 1, 2013, and indicate which college you plan to attend in ... We will update your current application; therefore, no additional application fee will be required.

If we can assist you as you make your academic plans, please feel free to contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Thank you for your interest in UMBC and best wishes for success in your future academic endeavors.

Sincerely,

Dale Bittinger

Director of Undergraduate Admissions

George Mason University

Acceptance letter

Dear [name],

It is a great pleasure to inform you that you have been selected for admission to George Mason University for the fall semester.

You were chosen from the largest and most competitive applicant pool in the institution’s history for this opportunity. On behalf of our President, the faculty, and students - congratulations and welcome to the Mason community!

As a Mason student, you are joining the very best. You will study in the Washington D.C. area, the most lucrative job market in the U.S., and take courses from faculty you see on the news.

You will also enjoy one of the country’s most exciting and beautiful campuses, with a student body from around the globe.

Please submit your online enrollment deposit (or mail in the deposit with the enrollment confirmation form) no later than May 1, 2013. The online form can be found at admissions.gmu.edu/common/nextSteps.asp. Your admission is contingent upon successful completion of your current academic program and submission of an official transcript when the coursework is complete. The admissions committee expects that you will at least maintain your academic performance during the remainder of your senior year.

(Name), there has never been a better time or place for you. Please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Admissions if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to greeting you here in the nation’s capital next fall.

Sincerely,

Sarah Gallagher Dvorak

Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Denial letter

Dear [name],

George Mason University’s admissions committee has reviewed your application for admission for the fall semester. After evaluating your admissions portfolio, we regret to inform you that we cannot offer you admission to the university at this time.

We strongly recommend that you begin your post-secondary education at another university or college. If you are interested in attending George Mason University at a future date, you will need to submit a transfer application along with the transcripts from the university or college you choose to attend.

To find out more about Mason’s transfer admission process, please visit our website at admissions.gmu.edu.

We wish you much success in your future educational endeavors and appreciate your interest in George Mason University.

Sincerely,

Sarah Gallagher Dvorak

Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Georgetown University

Acceptance letter

Dear [name],

It gives me great pleasure to inform you that the Committee on Admissions has voted to accept your application for admission to Georgetown University. I am happy to offer you a place in the first-year class for the fall of 2013.

This year, Georgetown's Admissions Committees considered over 20,000 candidates for 1,580 available spaces. You are to be congratulated on your acceptance in this very competitive process. I have enclosed information explaining details of your admission and enrollment. During the next few weeks you will hear from other members of the University community offering their congratulations and providing you with additional information. When you have reached your decision to attend Georgetown, please complete and return the enclosed Enrollment Agreement Form together with the required $900 deposit. This deposit must be postmarked by May 1st to confirm your place in the class.

I am pleased to speak for the entire Georgetown community in extending to you this offer of admission. I look forward to welcoming you to the University as a member of the Class of 2017.

Sincerely,

Charles A. Deacon

Dean of Undergraduate Admissions

Denial letter

Dear [name],

The Committee on Admissions has completed its review of applicants to the Class of 2017 at Georgetown University. Following a careful consideration of your application, I am sorry to inform you that it will not be possible to offer you a place in the first-year class.

Admissions Committees considered over 20,000 candidates for an entering class of 1,580 first-year students. As a result of this high level of competition, only 16% of the many well-qualified candidates were offered admission. Please be assured that the faculty, staff and student members of the Admissions Committee thoroughly reviewed the credentials and recommendations submitted with your application and were disappointed that you could not be included among the admitted class.

The interest you have shown in Georgetown is deeply appreciated. We wish you every success with your further education.

Sincerely,

Charles A. Deacon

Dean of Undergraduate Admissions

GRAPHIC: Tim Richardson, Greg Linch and Nick Anderson/The Washington Post. Published March 31, 2013.

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