If Borat wrote college rejection letters. Also, Bates College to applicants: “It’s not us; it’s you.”

April 30, 2009 at 5:33 am 1 comment

The WSJ highlights the good, the bad, and the just plain mean ways that colleges reject applicants.

The “toughest” rejection letter comes from Bates College with the following explanation: “The deans were obliged to select from amonf candidates who clearly could do sound work at Bates.” [Translation: You can’t.]

The “most confusing” letter came from University of California, San Diego: “Within the last two hours you received an email addressed to students who had been admitted to UC San Diego… As you have quickly realized, this communication was sent to you in error.” [It’s like Borat wrote this letter: Congratulations… NOT!]

Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick gets the nod for “best coaching.” Admissions officers sent a handwritten letter to every one of its 600 rejected applicants explaining areas of deficiency in their application.

To see the letters that Stanford and Harvard send to rejected applicants, click here.

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J. R. Atwood


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. mmaste13  |  April 11, 2010 at 7:10 am

    Wow! That sucks! (probably something borat would say) I hope you got into at least one shcool.


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Jason R. Atwood

I'm an avid trail runner and doctoral student at U.C. Berkeley who studies motivation and the relationship between the mind and body. This blog is a forum to share research, news, and musings about these topics of interest. More

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