Application due dates have passed at some colleges and universities; deadlines are quickly approaching at others. Millions of students across the country have already applied to thousands of colleges.
The College Board generally advises that students to apply to more than one college: a reach school with competitive admission requirements; a probable school that isnt necessarily your dream school, yet youd be happy to attend if you had to; and a safety school that youre just about 99% certain you will be accepted to attend.
It will be awhile before you start to receive decisions from schools, but its in your best interest to start mentally preparing yourself now. What will happen if you dont get into the schools youre dying to attend? Its a harsh reality, but you most likely wont be accepted by every school you apply to. According to Tanya Caldwell of The New York Times, Yale officials reportedly admitted just over 7% of students who applied while Harvard claims to have accepted just under 6% of its applicants this year.
You may not be aiming for the Ivy League, but your beloved state university or other dream school might be too popular to admit everyone who applies. Here are some things to remind yourself about college rejection in general:
One team of researchers found that feelings of rejection are actually similar to feelings of physical pain. That said, rejection hurts whether its romantic, social, professional, or educational. Feeling mad at the world, sorry for yourself, and jealous of people who were accepted? Thats totally normal.
Your parents, your friends, and maybe even your teachers or guidance counselor will most likely try to reassure you that a college rejection isnt the end of the world. And in reality, its not, but it probably seems like it to you! Try your best to appreciate peoples kindness and thank them for caringeven though you probably feel like biting their heads off.
Once you get over your initial shock of receiving the Thanks, but no thanks news, you might want to seek revenge. Take things out in a good way. Hit the gym to work outand work off some of that angerand then scour your acceptance letters to find a college that would love to have you as a student! You might even find out that youve been awarded scholarships because they want you so badly.
Now that youre no longer wondering What if I dont get into [insert dream school here]? you can slowly start to move on with your life. You can start to make plans that surround the school you will be attending!
Still feeling bummed, even though youre going to college elsewhere? Try applying again in a year or two. Many schools accept transfer students! If you earn stellar grades during your freshman year or stick around at another school for two years and earn an associates degree, you might be able to apply to your dream school again with better results. You could also try applying as a graduate student after you complete your bachelors degree.
Your senior year will be a crazy time for many reasons besides your college applications and possible rejection letters. Youre going to be upset, but dont let a bit of bad news destroy what could be the final months you have left with your high school friends.
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Melissa Rhone earned her Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Tampa. She resides in the Tampa Bay area and enjoys writing about college, pop culture, and epilepsy awareness.
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