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How to tell Universities that I will not be attending there?

  1. Mar 21, 2009 #1
    I have decided to not attended three of the Universities that I applied to. How can I tell them that I have to decided to enroll at another school?
     
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  3. Mar 21, 2009 #2
    Just tell them "It's not you, it's me."
     
  4. Mar 21, 2009 #3

    JasonRox

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    Are you sure you don't want to go to those schools?

    Some schools have large penalty fees if you reject the offer. I had to pay $2000 for one school. That's why it's best to apply to only a few schools.
     
  5. Mar 21, 2009 #4
    I would've told them to pry the money from my cold dead hands. Was it a contractual obligation?
     
  6. Mar 21, 2009 #5
    Err, are you serious?
     
  7. Mar 21, 2009 #6

    Choppy

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    I think the answer to this depends on what level you're talking about: graduate or undergraduate. At the undergraduate level, in my experience, the letter of offer comes with a form where you either tick () accept, or () decline. At the graduate level, you can send a polite email to the associate chair of the department and/or the office of graduate studies (usually to whomever offered you admission in the first place) and inform them you are going to decline the offer. It is ideal if you can do this as soon as you have made your decision, as the school may have other students on a waiting list.

    I have never heard of a school charging money for a rejected offer. Many schools have a non-refundable application fee (maybe up to a few hundred dollars), but $2000.00 seems very high.
     
  8. Mar 21, 2009 #7

    mgb_phys

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    There is always the classic

    Pennsylvania State University Admissions Address

    Dear Sir,

    I have received your acceptance for admission, and I regret to inform you that I will not be attending your university in coming years.

    As a senior in high school, I have applied to many other fine institutions to further my education. And, although yours ranks high among them, I'm afraid that you failed to qualify.

    Elimination under my system doesn't mean that you are not qualified to educate other fine young men and women. It merely reflects the high caliber of colleges and universities competing for my acceptance.

    My best wishes for your future.

    Sincerely,
    Brian Jay Gould
     
  9. Mar 21, 2009 #8

    Vanadium 50

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    Neither have I. I have heard of schools charging if someone accepts and then later declines. (Particularly if student housing is involved).
     
  10. Mar 21, 2009 #9
    I sent emails to the offices of admission for each school.
     
  11. Mar 21, 2009 #10

    JasonRox

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    Obviously I'm joking.

    I just don't respond. It's undergraduate. Who cares... thousands are going reject. It's not like you're the only one.

    For graduate school, it's a different story. I only applied to one school in that case. I will only apply to one school for my Ph.D also.
     
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