NOTE:The following quote is just for a reference, the arguments and discussion that follow are not directed in anyway to Julius_Sumner_Miller
rejection due to letters of recommendation is understandable, maybe the recommender didn't write a very positive recommendation, but i fail to understand rejection due to SOP? every applicant tries to write all the +ve aspects of his/her UG research and experiences and awards etc etc. what can go wrong in an SOP that can weaken your application to an extent that you are rejected?Julius_Sumner_Miller wrote:G01 is right, you should feel lucky that you are receiving any response at all. When I first applied to graduate school a few years ago only 2/8 schools actually bothered to send me a response (one acceptance, one rejection). One southern school (which I will not name) I applied to responded to my status inquiry with a very rude email which basically said if my GPA were .5 better I would still have been rejected because of my statement of purpose and letters. This was right after Katrina so I responded to the guy by writing "enjoy next year's hurricane season, pal"
here are some points that came to me mind:
1. weak english? hmm may be, but the above poster is a domestic applicant.
2. belaboring too much on weaknesses.
3. trying to give a lame excuse for poor grades.
4. projecting oneself as too presumptuous.
5. making a technical error while writing about your research experience.
what else can be there.. can anyone shed some light here..