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    Hey everyone! Help needed desperately!! i tentatively accepted an offer from one university but I got another one that I like better. How do I politely tell them Im not gonna be joining their PhD program? Possibly without telling them about choosing a different offer. I really dont want to play it the wrong way and offend them. Please help!
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    (Original post by ulawasko)
    Hey everyone! Help needed desperately!! i tentatively accepted an offer from one university but I got another one that I like better. How do I politely tell them Im not gonna be joining their PhD program? Possibly without telling them about choosing a different offer. I really dont want to play it the wrong way and offend them. Please help!
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    A polite way of going about it is just emailing the university directly (possibly the department, or your advisor if you are already assigned one) and explaining your situation. This can help the university to either find new candidates or give more acceptance offers if necessary. If you just accepted "tentatively", then they'll be well aware that you may not take up the offer. Saying that, universities will always have students who accept offers who end up changing their mind.

    Hope this helps!

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    Hi there!

    A polite way of going about it is just emailing the university directly (possibly the department, or your advisor if you are already assigned one) and explaining your situation. This can help the university to either find new candidates or give more acceptance offers if necessary. If you just accepted "tentatively", then they'll be well aware that you may not take up the offer. Saying that, universities will always have students who accept offers who end up changing their mind.

    Hope this helps!

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    (Original post by ulawasko)
    Hey everyone! Help needed desperately!! i tentatively accepted an offer from one university but I got another one that I like better. How do I politely tell them Im not gonna be joining their PhD program? Possibly without telling them about choosing a different offer. I really dont want to play it the wrong way and offend them. Please help!
    I would just email the person/department you've been dealing with, explain the situation as it is and thank them for their time and consideration. If you've been dealing direct with any individuals, a similar note of thanks would be a good move as well.

    I would be open about accepting an alternative offer which is a better fit for your current goals. As a PhD student, you'll be attending conferences and potentially giving papers and/or publishing. What will put your current uni's nose out of joint, is one of their staff bumping into you and finding out by accident that you've gone elsewhere. Academia is a small and occasionally vindictive discipline, and (worst case) a rep for being underhand or unreliable will be difficult to shake.

    You won't be the first person to opt for a different PhD offer. Plus they should appreciate being given the time to make an offer to another candidate.
 
 
 
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