Ivy League acceptance rates plummeted this year, reports a Daily Beast article. But that’s not actually the topic of the article which is titled “F-Bombs and ‘Jorts’: 9 Craziest College Rejection Reasons.” Some of the reasons for rejection had absolutely nothing to do with a student’s qualifications. Here are two examples:
- Profanity in essays – One applicant at Brown would have gotten in, explains Jim Miller, admissions officer at Brown, if not for the string of profanities. Miller explains, “He had a string of F-bombs [in his personal essay] that was pretty remarkable. I am not opposed to profanity and sometimes it can work. But, every third word doesn’t work.”
- An overly persistent character – An anonymous admission officer describes a few people who camped out in the school’s lobby, refusing to leave until they spoke to “the people [they] need to talk to.” They did end up speaking to all the right people, but ended up making the wrong impression.
P.S. “Jorts” are jean shorts and the topic of a college essay—”Why Men Shouldn’t Wear Jorts.” This applicant was not accepted.
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