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Did you know that most universities will let you appeal an admissions decision even if the option to do so is not listed anywhere on their website? The best way to find out if an appeal is allowed is to call the admissions office and inquire with a representative.

Every school has different criteria for reversing an admissions decision. When you call the admissions office, be sure to inquire about those criteria. Also ask where your application fell short. They’ll probably tell you and that’s what you’ll want to address in your appeal letter.

The key to any successful appeal is to bring to light new and compelling information. However, every school defines new and compelling information differently. For example, at CU Boulder (a university you would never know accepts appeals by visiting their website) there must have been a substantial change in your academic work since your decision was issued in order for your application to be reconsidered. However, at the University of California, Los Angeles: higher grades, recently acquired awards, or an increase in activities since your decision was issued are not bases for the reversal of a decision (and each UC campus handles appeals differently).

Most universities also allow letters of recommendation to be submitted with an appeal letter. In 2009, one of our student became one of roughly 25 students (out of over 500 appellants) who successfully reversed a USC admissions decision with an appeal letter complimented by three very carefully coordinated letters of recommendation from three very carefully chosen recommenders.

Did you know that most letters of recommendation are essentially written by the person being recommended? Not all letters of recommendation are created equal, and the recommenders most often coveted by students and parents (Professors, managers, VP’s, College Principal etc.) almost always unintentionally hinder students with faint praise.

So if you are rejected,call the admission office and try to find what was the reason behind the decision.Don’t argue.Accept the decision and tell them that you are very seriously interested in the program and would like to improve or change your profile that fell short of being accepted.Work on the criteria’s and re-apply.Let’s say you have been rejected because of low GRE or not so good recommendation letters and you got rejection in Jan or feb and if the application deadline is Apr or May who have time to re-apply with the changes.For this to work you have to apply well before the deadline and re-apply if you are rejected.So don’t get dejected. Take the admission committee recommendations in a positive way.Good luck.

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  1. Sindhu says:

    Hello admin,
    I finished my B.tech in E&Instr. with aggr 76% in 2011..Have yet to apply for gre and toefl..How good is spring 2012 univ acceptance rate..as i cannot probably aply for fall2012. Is aid offered for spring admission or not?

  2. sush says:

    hi admin
    my profile is gre:880, toefl:77 awa:2.5,b.tech:70%(distinction)with 3 backlogs,10th:75%,12th:75%.Do i have chance to get admission from us universities for ms in cs if so can u please suggest universities

    • AEG says:

      If you apply through consultants you might get.But,with gre 880 the visa approval rate is near zero.Although your academics is pretty decent it might not have much impact on your profle.Re-take both GRE & TOEFL before appearing for visa.

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