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View Poll Results: Do you think colleges should sent digital acceptance verdicts?
Yes, I think colleges should send digital acceptance verdicts. 7 50.00%
No, I think that colleges should not send digital acceptance verdicts. 6 42.86%
I am undecided on the topic. 1 7.14%
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Should Colleges Send Digital Acceptance Verdicts? - February 27th 2009, 01:12 AM

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(Newser) – College admissions offices are jazzing up acceptance packages—adding confetti, T-shirts, internet videos—to lure students, and are also trying to keep up with the times in their rejections, US News and World Report writes. But some efforts have backfired, with students hurt by brutally short, electronic turndowns—including text messages as brief as “Admissions decision: Deny”—and high schools complaining that midday e-mails disrupt classrooms.
Even accepted students say the fanfare is no replacement for a traditional personalized letter. One senior says a letter that quoted her application won her over: “I’m not just a number to them.” Cost-cutting, tree-saving digital announcements seem here to stay, though admissions officers are listening to the criticism: Stanford has softened e-rejections, while others have rescheduled emails to avoid interfering with school.
Quite personally, I think that if they want you to to go their school that they should send you a nice, personalized acceptance letter. Even if you are denied you deserve to have an actual letter. A text message just doesn't cut it in my opinion.


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Re: Should Colleges Send Digital Acceptance Verdicts? - February 27th 2009, 01:14 AM

I partially agree in that a text message does not cut it but disagree with a letter. An email will do nicely with a letter available on request from the school. Email is far more efficient and one can check in secret anyway.
Also Amanda is doubt there is such thing as a personalised letter, moreover it's bound to be just blank spaces for name and pass and fail with the same generic letter

I voted yes in the poll because digital does not mean only texts but anything ranging from a fax to an email
   
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Re: Should Colleges Send Digital Acceptance Verdicts? - February 27th 2009, 01:16 AM

I liked getting the traditional acceptance letters. The rejection I got was on an internet portal site, so that was kind of.. hard, but eh, whatever.

When I got accepted to the school I'm going to, though, I did get a nifty tee-shirt that I still wear.


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Re: Should Colleges Send Digital Acceptance Verdicts? - February 27th 2009, 01:20 AM

I don't think they should. I remember getting SO excited when I was opening my letters. Digital would ruin all the fun.


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Re: Should Colleges Send Digital Acceptance Verdicts? - February 27th 2009, 01:21 AM

You can check a digital in the comfort of your own room, in secret. I'm not saying families go through one's post but there is an obligation to open it there and then
   
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Re: Should Colleges Send Digital Acceptance Verdicts? - February 27th 2009, 01:30 AM

I could check online but also got a letter. I was so excited with the ability to check online--I found out before I got my letter.



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Re: Should Colleges Send Digital Acceptance Verdicts? - February 27th 2009, 01:36 AM

Eh, I don't think I'd mind either way?
If I'm accepted, heck, I got an accepted!

A letter would still be nice for scrapbooking of whatever.


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Re: Should Colleges Send Digital Acceptance Verdicts? - February 27th 2009, 01:39 AM

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Eh, I don't think I'd mind either way?
If I'm accepted, heck, I got an accepted!

A letter would still be nice for scrapbooking of whatever.
I'm keeping all the letters I get. I probably get a stack of mail every week, a letter from this college saying they want me to apply, another from this one. I'm saving them all, mainly to see how many I get. It's nice. :P


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Re: Should Colleges Send Digital Acceptance Verdicts? - February 27th 2009, 01:40 AM

I think they should do both. That should be an option, by the way. I found out half the time before receiving the letter I was accepted and it was nice. I knew back in December and had my letter about two weeks later. Actually, they did mess up sent me a letter telling me how my credits transfer a week before the results were up online.


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Re: Should Colleges Send Digital Acceptance Verdicts? - February 27th 2009, 09:11 AM

No, because I know plenty of people who still do not use computers or e-mail, what about them.

What about non-traditional students, I mean, I'm in class with 2 ladies in their 70's.

If they were going to do this, wouldn't they have to make it a requirement to include an e-mail address on your application?


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Re: Should Colleges Send Digital Acceptance Verdicts? - February 27th 2009, 09:33 AM

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No, because I know plenty of people who still do not use computers or e-mail, what about them.

What about non-traditional students, I mean, I'm in class with 2 ladies in their 70's.

If they were going to do this, wouldn't they have to make it a requirement to include an e-mail address on your application?
If it were optional, I don't see how there would be a problem.



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Re: Should Colleges Send Digital Acceptance Verdicts? - February 27th 2009, 09:43 AM

Both, please. I think both is great, but I wold rather have universities cut costs on administrative crap and actually spend money on educating me, so don't really care if my letter quotes my app or not.

That being said, I only checked one school's decision online.. I didn't really care about the rest and I waited for the final verdict to come in the mail.


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Re: Should Colleges Send Digital Acceptance Verdicts? - February 27th 2009, 10:19 AM

I think email is fine, the letters they send are only standard letters anyway most of the time, just with the name changed.
However, there should be an option in which you can request for them to send it in the mail. I know i obviously haven't been through college/uni applications yet but when i got accepted to my current school they asked on a form before interview how you want to be contacted.


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Re: Should Colleges Send Digital Acceptance Verdicts? - February 27th 2009, 11:09 AM

I would be fine with an e-mail, but NOT a text msg. + a short msg wouldn't have work for our uni since they also send you acceptance exam results/ your ranking/ interview scores & etc.


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Re: Should Colleges Send Digital Acceptance Verdicts? - February 27th 2009, 06:13 PM

A text message seems kind of ridiculous, but an e-mail is fine. There's no reason to chop down more trees just so you can tell someone they got rejected.

I can imagine there might be problems if the system got infected and started spitting out acceptances/rejections by mistake, though. Or if someone hacked the e-mail account. They'd have to have a fool-proof system worked out so that stuff like that won't happen.


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Re: Should Colleges Send Digital Acceptance Verdicts? - February 27th 2009, 06:26 PM

I think they should keep the physical letters as long as possible. An email feels less real, at least in my opinion. You can easily ignore/fake/accidentally delete an email and it takes less effort to send it.

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Re: Should Colleges Send Digital Acceptance Verdicts? - February 27th 2009, 10:05 PM

I just thought of something else, some scholarships now only accept recommendation letters through e-mail.


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Re: Should Colleges Send Digital Acceptance Verdicts? - February 27th 2009, 10:09 PM

the colleges that accepted me said 'congratulations, you've been accepted' etc in a small plain font on a portal online, but later sent big pretty packages in the mail. So i think its ok because u get your admission decision a couple weeks earlier


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Re: Should Colleges Send Digital Acceptance Verdicts? - February 27th 2009, 10:58 PM

Well I just got told on the spot ... I'd say yeah a text or something with written confirmation letter, however having experience the tension waiting for a letter, horrible at the time, but it makes the moment all the more sweeter if you get in.. Just WAITING for the postman :L



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Re: Should Colleges Send Digital Acceptance Verdicts? - February 28th 2009, 02:47 AM

Text messaging, I don't think is appropriate. It's a university you're applying to, something that can change and pave your future, and you get it sent by a casual little text message, the same way your random friends text you? Seems rather diluted to me.

I liked getting the big packages in paper from the university. It's the sight of it, something that an email cannot do.

As for softening the messages, no, that the university shouldn't do. "Decision: deny" is all that is needed. If the person gets offended or depressed, it shows they're rather weak and in need to grow some skin and a backbone. To me, it's disgusting. You sugarcoat it because why, the people cant handle the word "deny" or a straight-forward blunt answer? I'd much rather read the straight-forward blunt answer rather than sift through the sugar-coated stuff. If the person gets hurt or depressed or whatever, too bad. That's their problem, not the university's. Therapists and doctors are there for a reason.

I'll settle for an email or a nice package by mail, as the package by mail lets me see what else the university has to offer. If they sugarcoat it, then so be it. I don't get all pissed off if they sugarcoat it but rather I laugh, thinking about how many other people are going to see a rejection letter and be so sad. If you're that weak, then you deserve it.
   
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