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I have to write a school and let them know that I don't want to go there, how do I do this tactfully? Any pointers?


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I think you can be pretty straightforward about it. Just write that you appreciate the offer and were impressed with the school, but will be attending another program. (If you are certain as to which program you will be attending, you can probably include this information too, as schools seem to keep statistics of this type of thing.) Then give them your SSN and AMCAS ID and sign the letter.

I'm reasonably sure that programs just appreciate being informed of your decision in a timely manner and don't care too much about the specific wording you use.


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just be short and to the point. amcas, id# and 'i am withdrawing my application; sincerely, applicant'. if pleasantries make you feel better, go ahead - you can be assured that they do not take it personally. quite a few schools send surveys asking why you did not attend etc... - that would be the best venue for your comments.
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