Assisting the Student Who Has Been Denied

Earlier this month our office hosted a webinar about how counselors can help students who have been denied admission. Our guest speaker was Jill Endries, a longtime admissions director at UW-Oshkosh.

Photo courtesy of UW-Oshkosh

Photo courtesy of UW-Oshkosh

Jill encouraged students to be their own advocates when working with the admissions office. “Parents are cool, but…” the students are the ones who need to communicate for themselves.

The first step for the student is to find out the reason for the denial. A student may call the admissions office to discover the reason, and that helps determine his or her next steps. It is often helpful for counselors and students to make the call together because counselors can provide important explanations and support after the call is finished.

One option after being denied is for students to learn the appeal process at the campus they’d like to attend. A successful appeal comes from the student, and includes new information that the campus didn’t previously consider.

Another option is for students to start college somewhere else, show success, and then transfer to their campus of interest. Many more students are taking advantage of transferring campuses than in the past, and it is common for a student to start college somewhere and finish somewhere else.

Jill also gave advice for students who have limited options or started the application process late. That advice included sending letters of recommendation right away, submitting multiple applications as soon as possible, and being accurate, inclusive, and efficient with the application process.

She closed her presentation by saying that the UW campuses all want to admit students! After all, they are admissions offices and not denial offices. UW campuses want to admit students who will be successful. Hopefully, the campus where a student will be successful is his or her campus of choice. If it’s not, the student may be able to get there eventually.

Jill’s presentation lasted 18 minutes, and then we had another 20 minutes of questions and answers that provided further opportunity to learn about helping students who have been denied. Listen to the entire webinar here