What If I Don’t Get Accepted to My Dream School?

There are plenty of other fish in the sea.

There’s no way to sugarcoat it. Getting rejected from your dream school stinks. Here’s how to deal.

Let yourself grieve.
Give yourself time to process the rejection. Cry. Scream. Write in a journal. You have to get those emotions out before you can move on.

Don’t take the rejection personally.
The reason you weren’t accepted may have been completely out of your control. Admissions officers look at everything from an applicant’s hometown to the school’s current demographics when making their decisions.

Don’t compare yourself to others.
Don’t dwell on why one student was accepted to your dream school and you weren’t. It’s not going to change things.

Accept that rejection is part of life.
We don’t mean to be downers, but these things happen. A lot. By developing your coping skills now, you’ll be able to better handle future rejections.

Get excited about other schools!
Remember, this was just one school out of literally hundreds. Start getting excited about the other schools you applied to.


“If your application is denied, stay positive. Know that it is not the end. Many schools have competitive admissions and are not able to accept every good student who applies. You can always enroll at a state college, earn your Associate of Arts degree, and apply to another school as a transfer student later on. Many schools have programs and agreements in place to help make this a smooth transition. In most cases, you can still graduate from the school of your dreams four years from now.”

Andy Telatovich, Associate Director of In-State Recruitment, University of South Florida


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