how to decline admission

Posted : March 14, 2005
Last Updated : April 2, 2013

how to decline admission

Because many colleges expect to receive your final admission decision by May 1st, it is crucial that you submit your acceptance notification (form that accompanies your offer notification) as soon as you have made your choice. However, accepting admission isn't the only task you have to complete. If you applied to and were accepted at other colleges, then you need to decline admission to those colleges so they can offer your spot to other students on their waiting lists.

Many institutions include instructions in their offer package regarding how to inform them of your decision to attend another university. You may be asked to return a response form via postal mail or update your status through an online student information system. However, if no status form is offered, you may send a short letter. The letter should be brief, positive, and to the point. Here is a sample letter for declining college admission:

John M. Student
123 Acceptance Lane
Anytown, USA  90000

April 20, 20XX

Admissions Committee
Y University
100 College Street
Anytown, USA  70000

Dear Admissions Committee:

Thank you for your letter of April 16, 20XX, offering me admission to Y University.

While I appreciate the invitation to attend your institution, after careful consideration of my admission offers, I have decided to accept an offer from State University.

Once again, thank you for your time and consideration.



John M. Student

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