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I Got an Acceptance Letter After I Was Rejected. Is it A Mistake?

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I was rejected by my first choice (East Carolina University) in October. I got into another school (Auburn) and figured I will just go there. My family and I went to Alabama last weekend to tour Auburn so I could decide which dorm I liked best before sending in my deposit. When I got home, there was a letter in the mailbox from ECU saying "congratulations, you've been admitted." It made no mention of my first denial. Do I trust that this isn't a mistake? Should I call them? I would rather go to ECU but this is confusing, since I thought I was rejected. Is this common?

No, this isn't common at all! Occasionally, students are admitted following a rejection, but typically this is only after launching a vigorous appeal ... and such appeals are rarely successful.

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