The good and the bad of college rejections

April 30, 2009

In a review of college rejection letters published in Wednesday's Wall Street Journal, Mount Allison University was singled out for "Best Coaching." Handwritten notes included in the university's rejection notices explaining areas of weakness help students understand it's not a rejection of them, and make them aware of what they can do to boost their chances should they apply again. One of the toughest rejection letters comes from Maine-based Bates College, whose notices of denial bear the message "The deans were obliged to select from among candidates who clearly could do sound work at Bates." Wall Street Journal