skip to Main Content

GET IN TOUCH

By filling out the form below, we understand that you are ready to talk specifics and find the best possible college experience for your student. Our team will be in touch with you within 2 business days. We can't wait to get started.

MCPT Inquiry
First
Last
First
Last

CONNECT

OFFICES

Educational Consultants
1001 Ogden Ave.
Suite 204
Downers Grove, IL

Financial Consultants
1717 North Naper Blvd
Suite 200
Naperville, IL

We gladly use video conferencing for clients who are unable to meet in person.

How to Decline a College Acceptance

How to decline a college acceptance

After you’ve been recruited and wooed by a college, it can be incredibly difficult to say the “no thank you” to one of them. Here’s our advice for how to decline a college acceptance:

1. Say “yes!” to your chosen school

First, inform your chosen school that you’ll be attending. Submit your deposit before the deadline. Then, write your admissions representative a note  — email is fine — to thank them for their help and give them the good news.  You’ll likely see them on campus, and they may be one of your first mentors.

2. Be courteous when you decline

In turn, write a note to the admissions representative(s) at the college(s) you are declining. You will be giving them the courtesy of your gratitude, and you may be opening up your place to another waiting student.

3. Don’t burn bridges

Always be polite in your decline, because you never know when you may connect with that person or that institution again.

Once, I had a student who had to make a tough decision between two colleges. He politely informed the admissions rep that he had chosen “the other” college. He received a very nice letter from the rep along with a revised financial aid offer — of several thousand dollars more!

Now, that doesn’t happen very often, so don’t get your hopes up. Instead, realize your paths may cross again — and you want them to remember you positively.

Sample email for declining a college acceptance

Use this template to communicate to a school that you’ve chosen another college. Write a short email to your primary admissions representative at each school you’re declining. Send each note individually, not as a group.

Dear Ms. _____ [or you can say Dear Jennifer if you’ve talked with them many times],

I am writing to thank you for the acceptance and scholarship offers from XXXX College. After serious consideration of my options, I have decided to attend YYYYYY College instead. I wanted to let you know as soon as I made my decision.

Thank you again for your assistance in my college search.

Sincerely [or Wishing You the Best],

Your Name

What if they call you?

It’s possible, although not likely, that a college you decline will call you. They may want to know the reasons for your decision. This is often very helpful information to the admissions office as they refine their recruitment process. You are not obligated to tell them your reasons, but you may choose to do so. In most cases, you can give a general response (larger financial award from another school, geographic location, etc.). If you had an unpleasant experience at a college, this would be a time to let them know.

How to decline a college acceptance

  1. Say “yes!” to your chosen school
  2. Be courteous when you decline
  3. Don’t burn bridges

Need support during your college search? My College Planning Team offers academic and financial services to help you get into — and pay for — your first-choice school. Schedule a free consultation to learn more.

Stephanie Kennedy

Stephanie Kennedy is president of Kennedy Educational Services and co-founder of My College Planning Team. Stephanie holds a Masters in Counseling and College Student Development. A former admissions counselor, she has read hundreds of college applications and assisted thousands of students in their college adjustment and educational path. With her hands-on perspective, she guides students and families in a successful college search that goes far beyond the acceptance letter.

This Post Has 0 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back To Top
×Close search
Search