If you have applied to multiple colleges, there is a dilemma you are going to face at the end of the admissions cycle as your acceptance letters come in. You’re faced with declining a college acceptance or two. Should you contact the schools you are not attending and inform them about your decision?
Admittedly, it can feel awkward and many people will tell you it does not matter anyway so why bother? While it is true that you do not HAVE to, it is common courtesy to go the extra mile and let them know. Don’t worry, the admissions officer that you have been communicating with over the past year will not take it personally. They will understand that you ultimately decided that declining a college acceptance is in your best interests. They will appreciate the fact that you took the time to let you know.
Aside from being the courteous thing to do, informing the school also frees up the financial aid that has been reserved for you so that another freshman can benefit from it.
Things to Think About When Sending Out Letters to Schools You’re Not Attending
Be proactive – Don’t wait for the admissions officer to get in touch with you, whether by a phone call or email, to ask you about your decision. As soon as you have made up your mind, take a day to celebrate your decision and get down to informing the rejected colleges.
Be polite and thank them for their time – The admissions office has taken the time to assess your application, answer all your questions and put together a financial aid package for you. Make sure you let them know that you appreciate all the time they spent on your application.
A short explanation should suffice – If you care to expand on your decision, you could let them know why you chose another college. You do not need to give a detailed explanation and you don’t have to tell them which college you have chosen to attend. Tell them only if you want to.
How To Contact The School And Inform Them About Your Decision
The best way to communicate your decision to the school is by using the same channels of communication that you have been using all along. If you’ve been emailing one particular admissions officer to get the clarifications you’ve needed, send an email to that same admissions officer and inform them about your decision. If you have been getting all of your clarifications through phone calls, then you may want to make a phone call to that same person and inform them.
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