CMC Office of Admissions Releases Rejection Letter Template


The Claremont McKenna Office of Admissions is often lauded for its commitment to personal notes on every single acceptance letter, but it is a little known fact among CMCers that students who are rejected also receive a personal and thoughtful response.  The Admissions team has communicated with The Golden Antlers staff and has provided a sample letter that was sent out earlier this week.  In other words, happy Early Decision week and be thankful for your local Admissions Counselor!

Michael Smith

451 W. Greenfield Road

Seattle, WA 98144


Dear Mr. Smith,


Thank you for your interest in Claremont McKenna College.

We regret to inform you that we were unable to offer you a place in the class of 2019. This was our most competitive year yet, and we were unable to offer admission to every student. While your GPA was impressive, and your SAT scores were in fact higher than what we pretended ours were a few years back, there were some other issues present in your application. For example, in your personal statement, we would consider it ill-advised to start with a quote, especially if it is “I love bad bitches, that’s my fuckin’ problem” -A$AP Rocky. We appreciated the hand drawn picture of our Lord and Savior, Henry Kravis; however, we do not consider applicants based on their talents in art. We are a liberal arts college, not an art school. Nevertheless, we have hung a photocopy of it in our office. In regards to your essay about who you would like to bring to the Athenaeum, the part about Dan Bilzerian was well written; however, we prefer you leave out vulgar sentences such as, “He has vast knowledge of the art of poon slaying,” and “Guns and titties are life”. In addition, we are curious as to why you claimed the most important invention of the last one-hundred years is Viagra.


We appreciate your interest in Claremont McKenna, and we wish you the best of luck as you pursue your educational goals.





Georgina Degrasse

Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid


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– The Golden Antlers


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