Student sends Oxford University rejection letter for ‘taking itself too seriously’ – Higher – Education – The Independent
A student has sent her own rejection letter to a prestigious university, criticising it for “intimidating” pupils from comprehensive school backgrounds during the interview process.
Parodying a standard university rejection letter, she wrote: “I have now considered your establishment as a place to read Law (jurisprudence).
“I very much regret to inform you that I will be withdrawing my application.”I realise you may be disappointed by this decision, but you were in competition with many fantastic universities and following your interview I am afraid you do not quite meet the standard of the universities I will be considering.”
The letter continued: “While you may believe your decision to hold interviews in grand formal settings is inspiring, it allows public school applicants to flourish and intimidates state school applicants, distorting the academic potential of both.”
Strange Random University Quote:
“Of course there’s a lot of knowledge in universities: the freshmen bring a little in; the seniors don’t take much away, so knowledge sort of accumulates.” – Abbott Lawrence Lowell (American Lawyer and University President of Harvard, 1856-1943)
- Mocking Oxford (ramblesnshambles.wordpress.com)
- Perpetuating Myths about Oxford and Cambridge (callumjameshackett.wordpress.com)
- Letters: Comprehensive students welcome (guardian.co.uk)
- Black student intake at Oxford University rises to 32 (guardian.co.uk)
- A model rejection letter (andrewgelman.com)