Filing an Appeal
College Application Appeal
If a school rejects your application for admission, is that really the end of the line? A student that really has their hopes set on attending a particular school that they’ve been rejected from may wish to explore the possibility of appealing an admission decision. The first step to take is for the student to speak with an admission counselor at the school that they are interested in and find out if the school allows student applicants to file appeals. That information may also be on the rejection letter or on the college website. It is important to note that not all schools allow appeals.
When filing an appeal, it is important to give evidence to warrant a second review. You should give your reason for appealing the decision. One reason for appealing is to present new information that was not available at the time of the original application. A list of possible reasons would include improved standardized test scores, an honor you have just been given, semester grades, accidentally omitted information from the original application, or even a clerical error on your application. Sending in an additional letter of recommendation is not a bad idea. An appeal can also be justified with extenuating circumstances or evidence of personal hardship. Simply asking admission staff to reconsider a decision because you believe it is unfair is not adequate grounds for an appeal.
Most schools require appeals to be made in writing, preferably as soon as possible. This also demonstrates interest and sometimes persistence might pay off. Some schools require that the appeal be filed within 30 days after receiving the decision letter. It is always best to check with the particular Admissions Office on their procedure to follow when filing an appeal and who it should be sent to. They should also be able to give you a good idea on how long it will take to receive notification for a decision on the appeal.
Remember, it is important to be realistic of the chance of a successful appeal. The chances are slim. Only a very small percentage of appeals are successful. While waiting for a decision on an appeal, you should accept another college offer. If your appeal is successful, you can withdraw from a college and accept the new offer. In all likelihood, you will forfeit your original deposit.
There is also the possibility a college might offer you a spring semester opportunity. This may be a good option that allows you to pursue other interests for the fall term, while guaranteed a spot in the spring.
As long as you keep your expectations within reason and pursue other alternatives, it is definitely worth the time and energy to file an appeal. It just might be successful. Good luck!