Letter to Appeal Rejection

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Hey guys, I recently got rejected from my top school and was considering writing a letter to appeal the rejection. Has anyone had any kind of success doing this? And what can you say in the letter to actually make an impact? Thanks...
 

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Ive heard around here somewhere that students have written letters and subsequently retrieved their application from the rejection bin- most of these, however, were because there was an error in the rejection. Try it out, it can't hurt.
 

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True......but he could stay at home and masturbate and accomplish a lot more.

Beautiful. Wonder if an appeal has ever turned into an acceptance. *cue obnoxious buzzer*
 

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I met a guy who was rejected from SF and SD, but wrote an appeal and got interviews at both. We'll have to see about getting accepted but I think he's got a great chance. Unfortunately, I didn't press him about what he wrote in the letter, sorry can't help there.

Bottom line though, it's worth a shot. Good luck.
 

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Hey guys, I recently got rejected from my top school and was considering writing a letter to appeal the rejection. Has anyone had any kind of success doing this? And what can you say in the letter to actually make an impact? Thanks...

Pre- or Post-Interview? If it's post-interview, I'd probably pass on the letter if I were you. Pre-interview, hell, take the shot.
 

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my feeling is you're HIGHLY unlikely to "Change" their minds.

It shows a lack of class and what you'll probably do is hurt your chances for next year.

If anything, just send something asking if you could have some feedback and check for mistakes in the info they have about you.
 

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Hey guys, I recently got rejected from my top school and was considering writing a letter to appeal the rejection. Has anyone had any kind of success doing this? And what can you say in the letter to actually make an impact? Thanks...
On what basis are you rejecting? I think it's fine if there's a valid reason. "I'm a good applicant and I really want to go there" doesn't qualify...
 

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On what basis are you rejecting? I think it's fine if there's a valid reason. "I'm a good applicant and I really want to go there" doesn't qualify...

notdead, you're forgetting about the waves of applicants applying places and then not really wanting to go there ("I've gotten 2 acceptances - should I reapply next year to Harvard?" threads). Maybe be everyone doesn't really want to fo there. Of course, everyone on this board does indeed assume their a good applicant (with stellar ECs).
 

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notdead, you're forgetting about the waves of applicants applying places and then not really wanting to go there ("I've gotten 2 acceptances - should I reapply next year to Harvard?" threads). Maybe be everyone doesn't really want to fo there. Of course, everyone on this board does indeed assume their a good applicant (with stellar ECs).
Actually, Humble, he's appealing their rejection, not rejecting the school...
 

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Doesn't LizzyM (or maybe another adcom/occassional poster) have a story about an applicant who successfully repealed twice (first to interview, and second an acceptance)? Or maybe my premed-addled mind is hallucinating...
 

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Actually, Humble, he's appealing their rejection, not rejecting the school...

On what basis are you rejecting? I think it's fine if there's a valid reason. "I'm a good applicant and I really want to go there" doesn't qualify...

I was replying to the "really want to go there." It's assumed that everyone wants to go to a school they've applied to, but recent developments would tell us otherwise.
 

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If threadstarter already has acceptances at other schools, might as well.....doesn't hurt. It probably won't work, but not that there's anything better you could be doing with the 10 mins it'll take to write a letter.

If not, well yea as said it won't help your chances at that school next year if you have to reapply.
 

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notdeadyet got it right. If you're appealing for a tangible reason (ex: an error on the part of the school in handling your application, or an AMCAS problem), a rejection appeal is appropriate. If you're appealing because you just really want to go there, I don't see it being a fruitful effort.
 

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Doesn't LizzyM (or maybe another adcom/occassional poster) have a story about an applicant who successfully repealed twice (first to interview, and second an acceptance)? Or maybe my premed-addled mind is hallucinating...

It was LizzyM. I was a bit fuzzy on the details, but the guy did appeal twice (pre-secondary and interview) and got in: http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showpost.php?p=4120211&postcount=10http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showpost.php?p=4120211&postcount=10

The thread: http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=316619&highlight=appeal+rejection
 
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