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Things you should know:

  • It was not a dream school.
  • It was considered "safe/moderate" i.e. the kind of students who get in have more or less similar profiles like mine.
  • From graduate school student discussion forums , seems like no one else got rejected.
  • This really hurts. If this school rejects me, what hope do I have with others?
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You should analyse your application; if the factors that are easy to compare like grades, subjects, etc. leave you wondering then maybe your cover letter or your letters of recommendation were not compelling enough? –  superuser0 Feb 2 '14 at 13:44
@T.F. Could it be because I specified a very specific interest area which I thought the grad school was into. Is it possible that they rejected because it doesn't fit into what they do? –  pjamu Feb 2 '14 at 13:48
Do you care to share the degree you sought after and possibly the school. Perhaps the studies were highly competitive fields and the application was submitted late in the review process and the spots were filled? –  Phlume Feb 2 '14 at 13:48
No school has 100% acceptance rate. Some students will be rejected anyway. You just happen to be the unlucky one. Forget about it, go to the other one. Life goes on. –  scaaahu Feb 3 '14 at 4:55
seems like no one else got rejected — Rest assured, either many many others were rejected, or you should be happy they let you go. –  JeffE Feb 3 '14 at 7:45

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Speaking from purely personal experience, I wouldn't necessarily worry about it. Of course it's possible that your application was weak and that generally the other schools will feel the same way. On the other hand, it's also possible that something you wrote just didn't appeal to someone working on the applications at this particular school and you were looked over. In my own experience applying to graduate school I actually got rejected from some of my 'backup' schools but was accepted (and was given extra incentive to come to) one of my 'dream' schools.

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