How to accept or deny admission offers
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If you are fortunate to get multiple admission offers, you need to make a decision. April 15th is the deadline by most universities for accepting funded admission offers. You should compare the offers in terms of academic reputation, fees and funding, research opportunities and other factors important to you. Our blog post Multiple Admission Offers covers this topic. Also we help select the best offer at our forums under the thread Multiple Admission Offers.
This post is about what you need to do after you have decided your final destination. Go ahead and accept ONE offer. You should do it as per the instructions – be it by post or fax or email. It does not hurt to send an additional email just in case they do not receive your letter or fax. Do not wait till the last day. In addition to the official acceptance, you should also indicate your acceptance to your advisor, if you are assigned one.
It is really important to accept one and only one offer. Some Universities share information and you do not want to be found to have accepted more than offer. Moreover, it is unethical and you should not waste the spot which could go to another well-qualified applicant on the waiting list. You should send a short email informing your decision to all other programs . You may indicate your reasons.
Let us assume a student has got 4 admission offers from U1, U2, U3, with funding and U4 without funding. Universities have mentioned the acceptance deadline is on 15th April. Here are some examples of Ethical behavior:
Case A: The student accepts offer from U1 on April 2nd, On April 3rd U4 informs her about a fellowship which was not known earlier. The student informs this to U1, withdraws the acceptance and accepts the offer of U4.
Case B: The student informs U3 that U2 is offering $15,000 per year, she really wants to join U3 but they are only offering $14,000 per year, if U3 increase the funding to $15,000 then she will accept the U3 offer. U3 denies and the student accepts the U2 offer.
Case C: The student accepts the U2 offer on April 5th. Changes her mind on April 7th for some reason and decides to join U4. She informs U2 on April 8th and same day accepts the U4 offer.
Some examples of unethical behavior:
Case D: Acceptance of two or more offers concurrently. (Without withdrawing the first acceptance)
Case E: Withdrawal of acceptance after the deadline
Case F: Acceptance of some offer if the student has no plans to pursue the program.