Preparing for College

Can Better SAT Scores Lead to Spring Enrollment for Denied Applicant?

Question: If I got rejected for the fall term because of my SAT scores, is there any way I can improve those scores and then re-apply for the winter term?

Lots of "maybes" here. The answer would depend primarily on the particular college involved and its policies, because these can vary greatly from one institution to another. Also, are you sure that it was your test scores alone that kept you out or are you just assuming so? If there were a number of factors that led to your verdict--as is often the case--then improved test scores may not make a difference.


Your first step should be to contact the admission office at the college or university you hope to attend. You can try e-mail first, if you're most comfortable with it, but if you don't get a prompt response, a phone call might be more effective.

Ask to speak to the staff member who oversees applicants from your high school (or speak to any admission official, if that person isn't available). Tell him (or her) that this college remains your first choice, and ask what steps might enable you to enroll for the second term ... or for another subsequent semester.

So don't hesitate to get in touch with the admission office right away. Clearly state your situation and ask for guidance. Good luck!