Mar 16, 2009, 12:35 PM
Post #1487 of 1632
Re: [PJwave1] U Wash Rejection
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I agree completely. It's offensive to think that after 70 dollars (not to mention the effort we all put into our apps), we get form emails.
$70 x 750 applications (conservative estimate) = $52,500
Two reams of nice, heavy stock paper - 500ct. = $60 bucks?
Come on, Brownies. The cost of the application added to what Ivy schools charge their undergrads should provide ample funds for a hard copy notice of "you're not good enough." I wanted a physical letter to add to the collection of rejections I've hung on my refrigerator.
I think I tend to take the school's side on these kind of issues because I used to work in higher ed administration. What a lot of you fail to realize is that it costs money, probably more than the app fee in some cases, to put an applicant's file together and get it reviewed. You have to think about the people in the mail room, the grunts who put your file together, administrative assistants, professors and other readers, and directors.
I actually prefer getting denied by email. It's quicker, no one can claim it got lost in the mail, and yes, it does save money, money that can be spent better elsewhere. I don't think anyone should feel entitled to rejections on nice stock by postal mail just because they paid an app fee and put work into an application. And frankly, you're denied, the school doesn't need to do more for you than it already did. If you really want, you can always print out the email on nice stock paper.