Your Plan vs. Reality

The myOptions Team

You’ve probably heard the old adage, “don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” This couldn’t be more true in the college admissions game. It’s a super stressful time, filled with unpredictable outcomes. Unfortunately, every year a handful of college hopefuls find themselves faced with the seemingly unthinkable: getting rejected from every school to which they applied. No doubt it sucks. If you find yourself in this situation, please do not give up on your college dreams; they are not over! WORST CASE SCENARIO: they are merely postponed.

Here are a few tips to help you figure out your next steps:

Ask for Constructive Criticism

We know it might seem nerve-wracking and is probably the last thing you want to do, but it is super helpful to understand the reason(s) you were denied admission and learn how your application can be strengthened in the future. If you have new information (i.e. updated test scores), you can also see if this will impact your admission decision. No promises, but it can’t hurt to ask!

Seek Out Schools With Rolling/Late Deadlines

Not all colleges and universities maintain a strict, singular deadline. Some schools operate on a policy of rolling admission. This means that they’ll continually accept applications until all of their available slots are filled. Other schools (those with late admission) will initially set a regular decision deadline. Once they have rendered all of their initial decisions, should there still be space, they will open up a late admission period. You can also contact colleges directly to see if they are still accepting applications. Be mindful though that the later you apply, the less financial aid will be available. With that being said, please do not settle! Be sure the school you commit to is one you will be happy attending!

Consider Alternatives

Have you asked your schools of interest about their transfer admissions processes? This may be a good opportunity prove your academic prowess at a community college while knocking out some of your basic courses and allowing you to gain admission to your dream school. Many schools will even have agreements with local community colleges that guarantee all coursework will transfer, and in some cases will even guarantee admission if certain courses are taken and GPA are met! It’s also cheaper, so there’s a great silver lining for you!

Did you shoot for the stars when making your initial college list? Perhaps this will serve as a reality check and give you more time to explore some options that may be more realistic for you. You may even discover a school that is a wayyy better fit for you and be glad the others did not work out. During this exploration period, you could get a job to earn some money, but more importantly, gain perspective and insight that will be really beneficial when you enroll in college.

Applying to college is a super competitive. Colleges receive applications from a number of qualified candidates.While rejection is certainly upsetting, it’s important to not let it get you down.When you do set foot on campus, whether it’s next month or next year, know that you will rock it.

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