How to Deal With Rejection Letters

Rejection. Denial. A big fat no. It’s an unfortunate fact of life that you may be rejected from the college of your choice no matter where you want to go to school – Hawaii, Nevada, Oklahoma, Vermont, North Carolina, Utah, etc. Rejection letters sting, but they’re not the end of the world. Here’s how to deal with them.

Diversify your options. A good way to hedge against rejection letters before they come is to apply with different schools. That way, if you’re not accepted to your dream university, you will still have hope and a good chance to get in somewhere else. Experts recommend applying with at least three schools-one that’s a dream, another that’s realistic, and finally, a safety school.

Know that you’re in good company. Many famous authors, Nobel Prize winners, and respected celebrities were rejected by the school they really wanted to go to, and rejections are more common than you think. Every year, hundreds of thousands of college applicants receive rejections when they were really hoping for an acceptance.

Accept the school’s wisdom. Although you may feel like a college is the perfect one for you, the reality of the situation may be completely different. It’s possible that the school better understands what it has to offer, and it’s just not the right fit for your background and what you’re looking for.

Don’t take it personally. For many schools, there are simply more applicants than there are seats, and they are forced to arbitrarily reject applicants that would have performed well at the school if given a chance.

Be realistic. Some schools have acceptance rates of 50% or less. At a school like that, your chances of being accepted are not strong enough to take personally. Move on to a school where you have a better chance of being accepted, and enjoy your college experience there.

Get a second chance. If you’re dead-set on a specific school, talk to the admissions department about your options. You may be able to appeal the rejection, join a waitlist, or take part in a summer program that will help you get in.

Facing a college rejection letter can be heartbreaking, but it doesn’t have to be devastating. Keep these tips and options in mind if you receive the dreaded no from your dream school.