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What to Do if Your University Application is Rejected

By Walied Ali

Updated March 12, 2021 Updated March 12, 2021

Most people feel optimistic that they would surely get admission to their desired institution, but rejection is a real possibility. Most people lose hope when they face such a circumstance, but there are a lot of things you can do to further strengthen your university application when you re-apply. Here’s how to make good use of your time while waiting for the next round of university applications:

1. Find a job

Whether it’s a part-time job, a full-time job or an internship, working in areas related to your studies can act as a bonus point in your university application. For example a person intending to study medicine could seek internships in hospitals, pharmacies and dispensaries. In addition, you can earn some money while you’re at it.

2. Keep studying

Find a summer program or maybe join a college to earn extra credits. Your additional educational experience will make your university application different from that of other regular applicants.

3. Enjoy time with family

Once you enroll at university, you might not get so much free time to enjoy family traditions and festivities, why not make the most of these while you can? Spending time with family and friends will release the pressure from your mind, so that you may try again next time.

4. Understand why your university application failed

Draw out all the possibilities of why you weren’t accepted to your desired institution. Once you have written down all the possible reasons, start finding a solution to them so they will not hold you back next time.

5. Make a Plan B

Having a backup plan is really important in case something goes wrong. There are tons of subjects and courses out there which you could study, if your first choice doesn’t work out. And if you are unable to get a place at university, there are plenty of other ways to learn, develop and progress your career.

6. Revise for admissions exams

Even though university admissions exams are based on skills and knowledge which you may have acquired previously, you should still consider revising. With the passage of time you’ll start to forget things. If your exam performance let you down the first time round, there’s even more reason to make this your priority.

7. Attend student conferences

Attending student events, youth conferences and initiatives such as the Model United Nations (MUN) will keep you socially active. You might also get a chance to learn about the experiences of other students, which can help you plan your own path.

8. Get active

Participating in sporting events will keep your body physically active and healthy, and earn you some valuable extracurricular experience to mention in your university application. In the end, your extracurricular activities combined with your academic skills will decide whether you are given admission or not.

The fact is, not everybody gets admitted to university the first time around. Spending your time crying in despair won’t get you very far. The key to success is to keep trying.  

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This article was originally published in September 2016 . It was last updated in March 2021

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Walied Ali is a graduate of a Naval High School in Pakistan's largest city, Karachi. Aged 17, he is currently applying for a place in medical school. 

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