Student Rejects Duke Unversity’s Rejection Letter

Published On April 2, 2015 | By Cordell Green | Blogs, Country Mornings, Mornings

This is how you handle rejection! Read on…

17-year-old Siobhan O’Dell from North Carolina, received notice from Duke University that she was not accepted.

And how she reacted has gone viral!

The letter, which she posted to her Tumblr page with the caption: “when you’re salty and have nothing to lose,” reads:

Dear Duke University Admissions,

Thank you for your rejection letter of March 26, 2015. After careful consideration, I regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me admission into the Fall 2015 freshman class at Duke.

This year I have been fortunate enough to receive rejection letters from the best and brightest universities in the country. With a pool of letters so diverse and accomplished I was unable to accept reject letters I would have been able to only several years ago.

Despite Duke’s outstanding success in rejecting previous applicants, you simply did not meet my qualifications. Therefore, I will be attending Duke University’s 2015 freshmen class.

I look forward to seeing you then.
Siobhan O’Dell


Duke responded and suggested she appeal the decision but warned her a reversal is unlikely and not to raise her hopes.

 Doesn’t matter. We give her an A+! 

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