College Applications….Not Accepted

Ironman92 Administrator
56,729 posts 151 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Mar 25, 2022 5:44 PM

Any of you apply to colleges back in the day and not get accepted?

I only applied to a couple small ones so nothing tough there.


My son sent out applications to Michigan and OSU as backup plans and had free applications….UM sent him a letter a month ago putting him on a hold list to be further evaluated, today gets a letter saying he wasn’t accepted. I know UM is pretty high end but also….WTH?


justincredible Honorable Admin
37,969 posts 230 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Mar 25, 2022 5:48 PM

I only applied to Marietta and Ohio State and was accepted at both. That was 21 years ago (holy shit).

Ironman92 Administrator
56,729 posts 151 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Mar 25, 2022 5:55 PM
posted by justincredible

I only applied to Marietta and Ohio State and was accepted at both. That was 21 years ago (holy shit).

Yeah….I know things are different and the tests and stuff are taught better and things may or may not be as stringent or more stringent. Just can’t fathom how he got denied. He was likely never going there but fuckem lol


friendfromlowry Senior Member
7,778 posts 79 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Mar 25, 2022 5:55 PM
posted by justincredible

I only applied to Marietta and Ohio State and was accepted at both. That was 21 years ago (holy shit).

Lol old guy. 

But also same. Applied to some smaller ones (Findlay, Heidelberg, Wright State.) But I’m sure I would have been accepted to Harvard or Yale.


kizer permanente Senior Member
1,309 posts 16 reps Joined Aug 2017
Fri, Mar 25, 2022 5:56 PM

I didn’t apply anywhere I knew I wouldn’t get in lol 

friendfromlowry Senior Member
7,778 posts 79 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Mar 25, 2022 5:57 PM

How was it going to work with athletics? If he was accepted to Michigan, he’d hate OSU? And vice versa if accepted to OSU?

Ironman92 Administrator
56,729 posts 151 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Mar 25, 2022 6:12 PM
posted by friendfromlowry

How was it going to work with athletics? If he was accepted to Michigan, he’d hate OSU? And vice versa if accepted to OSU?

My kid isn’t wired like that. He’s not going to root hard for or against anyone.


Heretic Son of the Sun
20,517 posts 195 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Mar 25, 2022 6:28 PM
posted by Ironman92

My kid isn’t wired like that. He’s not going to root hard for or against anyone.


Well no wonder they didn't accept him!

Ironman92 Administrator
56,729 posts 151 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Mar 25, 2022 7:01 PM
posted by Heretic

Well no wonder they didn't accept him!

Lol….don’t think that was part of the application


iclfan2 Reppin' the 330/216/843
9,465 posts 90 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Mar 25, 2022 7:40 PM

Like others, only applied where I would get in/ wanted to get in. But my GPA and ACT would have got me in anywhere, other than maybe Ivy League which I would never want. Humble brag I know. 

Michigan is pretty hard to get into from what I hear, and usually colleges are harder to get into for out of state students. 

Ironman92 Administrator
56,729 posts 151 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Mar 25, 2022 8:00 PM
posted by iclfan2

Like others, only applied where I would get in/ wanted to get in. But my GPA and ACT would have got me in anywhere, other than maybe Ivy League which I would never want. Humble brag I know. 

Michigan is pretty hard to get into from what I hear, and usually colleges are harder to get into for out of state students. 

35 ACT, 1490 PSAT which converts to a 1550 SAT, 4.0, National Merit Finalist, class president, band president, highest band honors at solo and ensemble events, youth leadership president, IBelieve foundation leader, several clubs at school, 10x letter winner, 3 sport athlete, 3x all-district, 3x all-league, 5x captain, 2x district spelling bee champion and regional finalist, member of Mensa.

There’s a humble brag and it’s funny that Michigan got ousted from the tourney the same day they told him no.


iclfan2 Reppin' the 330/216/843
9,465 posts 90 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Mar 25, 2022 8:08 PM
posted by Ironman92

35 ACT, 1490 PSAT which converts to a 1550 SAT, 4.0, National Merit Finalist, class president, band president, highest band honors at solo and ensemble events, youth leadership president, IBelieve foundation leader, several clubs at school, 10x letter winner, 3 sport athlete, 3x all-district, 3x all-league, 5x captain, 2x district spelling bee champion and regional finalist, member of Mensa.

There’s a humble brag and it’s funny that Michigan got ousted from the tourney the same day they told him no.


Lol wtf, how was he not accepted? That’s absolutely ridiculous.


Ironman92 Administrator
56,729 posts 151 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Mar 25, 2022 8:54 PM
posted by iclfan2

Lol wtf, how was he not accepted? That’s absolutely ridiculous.


🤷🏻‍♂️


queencitybuckeye Senior Member
8,068 posts 117 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Mar 25, 2022 8:59 PM

Applied to tOSU, CWRU, and Northwestern. At the time, tOSU was open enrollment for Ohio grads, so if you sent the paperwork in on time, you were in. Wasn't especially surprised to get into Case, was somewhat surprised to get accepted by Northwestern after coasting my last year in high school.

Automatik Senior Member
15,737 posts 95 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Mar 25, 2022 9:31 PM

I got into every undergrad school I applied to. 

But I did apply to study abroad at Manchester University in the UK and got denied with the quickness. Settled on a lower tier school in London. It worked out. 

33,369 posts 124 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Mar 25, 2022 9:56 PM

Syracuse accepted me as an undergrad, but didn’t accept me directly into their sport broadcast program. And it was probably the only school I would’ve gone to over Indiana because of that program. They said I would halve to reapply after a year and I wasn’t willing to chance it cause I didn’t want to go to Syracuse without the program. 

kizer permanente Senior Member
1,309 posts 16 reps Joined Aug 2017
Fri, Mar 25, 2022 10:28 PM
posted by Ironman92

35 ACT, 1490 PSAT which converts to a 1550 SAT, 4.0, National Merit Finalist, class president, band president, highest band honors at solo and ensemble events, youth leadership president, IBelieve foundation leader, several clubs at school, 10x letter winner, 3 sport athlete, 3x all-district, 3x all-league, 5x captain, 2x district spelling bee champion and regional finalist, member of Mensa.

There’s a humble brag and it’s funny that Michigan got ousted from the tourney the same day they told him no.


I mean…. Michigan is a good school but they’re not that good to be turning that down lol 


justincredible Honorable Admin
37,969 posts 230 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Mar 25, 2022 10:45 PM

Did he apply to a specific program?

My wife works for UC and has worked in admissions in the past. She said there might have been a quota for in state kids, so he could be competing against out-of-staters only. Still, she said with that resume he should be at the top of the list either way.

Ironman92 Administrator
56,729 posts 151 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Mar 25, 2022 11:08 PM
posted by justincredible

Did he apply to a specific program?

My wife works for UC and has worked in admissions in the past. She said there might have been a quota for in state kids, so he could be competing against out-of-staters only. Still, she said with that resume he should be at the top of the list either way.

I believe it was just to the school in general. Basically his 5th choice so it doesn’t matter but it just blows me away honestly.


Ironman92 Administrator
56,729 posts 151 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Mar 25, 2022 11:15 PM
posted by justincredible

Did he apply to a specific program?

My wife works for UC and has worked in admissions in the past. She said there might have been a quota for in state kids, so he could be competing against out-of-staters only. Still, she said with that resume he should be at the top of the list either way.

Yeah the National Merit goes to basically 3 out of every 1000 seniors across the U.S. his PSAT score is right at that rate and the ACT uber elite as well. He’s leaning hard toward Pitt and he’s been accepted into their honors engineering program. They are stingy with scholarships and kinda pricey.


Ironman92 Administrator
56,729 posts 151 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Mar 25, 2022 11:27 PM

It’s was specific to their college of engineering….so it makes more sense but still seems head-scratching.

Login

Register

Already have an account? Login