4 Tips for Dealing with College Rejection

4 Tips for Dealing with College Rejection


No matter the form it comes in, rejection can be hard to deal with in any situation. Choosing where you want to go to college is already a tough job on its own, but to apply to one and get rejected? That’s a different ball game. Don’t fear, though, because there are a few ways to cope and get over the college rejection blues.

See It as a Sign of Better Things to Come

Yes, rejection is hard, but no need to stay down about it. Everything happens for a reason. It’s good to keep this saying in mind. When it comes to a college rejection, it’s not the end of the world. Maybe it’s not the right time, or maybe it’s just not the right school. If you find yourself feeling extremely down about it, just think of it as a push in a better direction.


The good thing about applying to college is that you can apply to as many as you want. Applying to several schools will really help if you get rejected by one. The good news is that you will have backups just in case. If you find yourself in a situation where you don’t get accepted anywhere, community college is another option. This way, you can save money and get a second chance to transfer into the original school you wanted with a year or two of college already under your belt.

Free Time

If it turns out you didn’t get into that fancy school you applied to, and it was the only school you planned for, there is a bright side: free time. If you decide to take a break and apply again the next semester, you will have time to pick up a job, make some extra money, and get some real-world experience to add to your resume.

Better Yourself

If your grades were the reason for your college rejection, you can take advantage of this unfortunate event by applying to community college and taking classes there to raise your GPA. You can also focus on taking up a new hobby or getting a part-time job – things admission counselors love to see on your application if you try to transfer later

There are several ways to cope with college rejection. Coming from personal experience, it is easy to get down on yourself about it, but remember that it does not have to be such a bad thing. You can make the most out of any alternative situation. You may be pleasantly surprised with where you end up. 

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