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Admission rejections aren’t always the final word

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Updated: April 3, 2014 8:28PM



Dear Mr. Bradshaw,

I am embarrassed to say that I have been rejected by every college and university that I have applied to. I am sure that the major reason for my rejection is my low GPA.

During my interview with the film school admission officer at my first choice of schools, I was told that I was among the best candidates for their film school but that there was a concern about my GPA.

Although I am in a desperate situation I was told that this university allows rejected students to appeal, and I have decided to appeal their decision. The university is asking for a letter including information or explanations that were not included in my original application.

My current grades are far better than they were before, but the final report is not out yet and I don’t know how to address this.

Do you have any recommendation or strategies for my appeal? They said that each year, about 800 rejected students asked for reconsideration, and of that number approximately 35 are admitted. I want to fight for this last chance at being admitted.

Signed: Desperate applicant

Dear Applicant,

I would like to help and will give you some suggestions.

I always encourage students to write a letter asking for reconsideration if they do not get one of their top college choices for admission.

It appears from your interview conversation that the school of your choice thinks that you have a lot going for you talent-wise.

First of all, I assume that you are not asking for financial aid. That would not be a good idea.

A letter explaining what you told me is in order. Expand it to at least 450 words.

Normally it would be difficult to account for low grades but your SAT scores are very good: Math II 730, French 800, and Writing 670 are an overwhelmingly better representation of your intellectual capability than your GPA. Make a case for that.

You have a strong story to tell to resurrect your application. SAT scores determine college rankings, not your GPA. You need to send them a great essay/letter that only a truly creative person can write. Your test scores prove you are smart. Grades are the product of learning in the classroom and some students are bored to death there.

Above all, stress your creative drive, artistic talents and accomplishments. That’s your story.

Being interested in cinema studies, you have a lot to write about, and if anyone can pull this off, you can.

Good luck.



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