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Aberdeen rejection, please help

Greetings everyone

So I have just received a track update saying that my Aberdeen application for Psychology has been unsuccessful and I honestly don't understand why... I'm doing the IB and their entry requirements are 32 points and 555 at HL, while my predicted grades are 43 and 776 at HL... I know grades aren't everything, but I feel like my personal statement was okay, and the reference should also be okay since my professor wrote it who likes me and also has experience writing references... Can I ask the university for clarification or anything? Because Aberdeen was my safe choice and now that I wasn't accepted there I'm suddenly really nervous about my other choices. I've received an offer from Glasgow already, but am still waiting for UCL, Edinburgh and St Andrews. If my application was not good enough for Aberdeen, then it also probably won't be enough for the other unis...
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Original post by Lenakroos
Greetings everyone

So I have just received a track update saying that my Aberdeen application for Psychology has been unsuccessful and I honestly don't understand why... I'm doing the IB and their entry requirements are 32 points and 555 at HL, while my predicted grades are 43 and 776 at HL... I know grades aren't everything, but I feel like my personal statement was okay, and the reference should also be okay since my professor wrote it who likes me and also has experience writing personal statements... Can I ask the university for clarification or anything? Because Aberdeen was my safe choice and now that I wasn't accepted there I'm suddenly really nervous about my other choices. I've received an offer from Glasgow already, but am still waiting for UCL, Edinburgh and St Andrews. If my application was not good enough for Aberdeen, then it also probably won't be enough for the other unis...


Definitely ask for feedback because that is very strange.

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Original post by Lenakroos
Greetings everyone

So I have just received a track update saying that my Aberdeen application for Psychology has been unsuccessful and I honestly don't understand why... I'm doing the IB and their entry requirements are 32 points and 555 at HL, while my predicted grades are 43 and 776 at HL... I know grades aren't everything, but I feel like my personal statement was okay, and the reference should also be okay since my professor wrote it who likes me and also has experience writing personal statements... Can I ask the university for clarification or anything? Because Aberdeen was my safe choice and now that I wasn't accepted there I'm suddenly really nervous about my other choices. I've received an offer from Glasgow already, but am still waiting for UCL, Edinburgh and St Andrews. If my application was not good enough for Aberdeen, then it also probably won't be enough for the other unis...


have you read the letter of rejection on UCAS?
And honestly don't worry about the other universities, if its any consolidation i got rejected by Nottingham for a foundation year whose grades were BBC...I'm predicted AAB and have four offers from russell group unis so just forget about it, it's the universities loss
Reply 3
I have the exact same situation, I was just rejected for MA Hons Geography and they have the same requirements, and my predicted were 41 points... on their application portal there is still "being considered" status. I have just emailed them for feedback, I am shocked tbh
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Reply 4
Original post by ageshallnot
Definitely ask for feedback because that is very strange.



I sent them an email and a lady replied saying she'll forward my request, so I'm waiting for a feedback now.


Original post by abiantoinette
have you read the letter of rejection on UCAS?
And honestly don't worry about the other universities, if its any consolidation i got rejected by Nottingham for a foundation year whose grades were BBC...I'm predicted AAB and have four offers from russell group unis so just forget about it, it's the universities loss


The letter of rejection on UCAS is actually very strange (well tbh I don't really know how it's supposed to look like) but anyways in the middle of it it says this:

University of Aberdeen may have decided not to offer you a place, or your application may have been withdrawn. Here are the details we have been given:

However, then it just continues with what the UCAS has to say about it, therefore, they didn't provide any details? Idk if they should or is it just optional?
And yeah it is a consolidation actually, thank you, because I was really worried that the other unis won't accept me as well. We'll see:smile:


Original post by cashis
I have the exact same situation, I was just rejected for MA Hons Geography and they have the same requirements, and my predicted were 41 points... on their application portal there is still "being considered" status. I have just emailed them for feedback, I am shocked tbh


That is so strange! I have no idea what's their deal, do they really have that many applicants?
My status on the portal is rejected, so I guess it wasn't a mistake...
I also emailed them for feedback, I really want to know their reason tbh. Tell me when they reply to you, because I'm curious for their reasons for you as well.
Reply 5
They replied the same as to you, that they will forward it for feedback. On their applicant portal it changed for "rejected" so I guess it's not a mistake either
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Same for me... I got rejected from Aberdeen that was my first choice and got accepted by Glasgow. Now I’m waiting for the other three but I’m feeling very demotivated:frown:
Reply 7
They didn't answer me yet but I just got attractive offer from UCL so it doesn't really matter, I'm still curious though
That is strange, is it possible that they prefer A levels to the IB?
Original post by Anagogic
That is strange, is it possible that they prefer A levels to the IB?


I think Scottish unis prefer international/UK students over European/home students because the former pay more tuition fees...
Reply 10
Original post by cashis
They didn't answer me yet but I just got attractive offer from UCL so it doesn't really matter, I'm still curious though


Omg an offer from UCL, that's so amazing! Who needs Aberdeen then :smile:
Yes, same, and they still haven't emailed me since the "we'll forward your request" mail...

Original post by Anagogic
That is strange, is it possible that they prefer A levels to the IB?


I doubt it, when I was at St. Andrews one professor told me that they really like IB students because they always do very well. Maybe Aberdeen prefers A levels though I don't see a reason for it really..

Original post by hysterria
I think Scottish unis prefer international/UK students over European/home students because the former pay more tuition fees...


I've heard that too and I guess it makes sense. But it's kinda unfair though, it's not my fault that my tuition fees are lower (and if they were higher I couldn't afford studying there)
Original post by Lenakroos
I've heard that too and I guess it makes sense. But it's kinda unfair though, it's not my fault that my tuition fees are lower (and if they were higher I couldn't afford studying there)


Yupp, I feel the same. My top choice (Glasgow) gave me an offer asking for a grade that was only achieved by 3 people in the country last year.. They went to places like Oxbridge and Harvard. I guess we just have to accept that the advantage of not having to pay comes with the disadvantage of needing insanely high grades to get in :/
Reply 12
UPDATE: Aberdeen replied to me with a very ambiguous mail, but apparently the point of it was that they needed a proof of my past performance, therefore, predicted grades. Apparently, they could not access my predicted grades on my UCAS (even though Glasgow could?), however, my referee showed me an e-mail from UCAS, where it is confirmed that she uploaded my PGs on the UCAS.
Also, my application would not have been sent to the universities if there were no predicted grades, because UCAS checks applications before sending them to the unis. So I'm really confused what Aberdeen's deal is here. There is also no one in the Admission Sector right now, so they can't tell me if they would reconsider my application (even though none of this is my fault?).
Reply 13
Original post by hysterria
Yupp, I feel the same. My top choice (Glasgow) gave me an offer asking for a grade that was only achieved by 3 people in the country last year.. They went to places like Oxbridge and Harvard. I guess we just have to accept that the advantage of not having to pay comes with the disadvantage of needing insanely high grades to get in :/


A grade only achieved by three in the country?? What is their deal though? I guess this is the problem if you're not doing A-Levels or at least something international, because they don't know how achievable these grades are. You could write them an e-mail explaining this?
Original post by Lenakroos
A grade only achieved by three in the country?? What is their deal though? I guess this is the problem if you're not doing A-Levels or at least something international, because they don't know how achievable these grades are. You could write them an e-mail explaining this?


I've written them an email and they replied saying that the entry was "very competitive" this year and they sadly couldn't consider lowering my offer... :/ I really don't understand how any EU students manage to get in tbh :')
Reply 15
I got the exact same reply, even though I'm fairly sure my referee entered my predicted grades. I will check it with her today and reply to Aberdeen because damn, I would like a real reason for my rejection???

Edit: I checked with my teacher and the predicted grades were put in AND CONFIRMED in an email from UCAS, however when I called UCAS today, they said no predicted grades were provided on my application (which is obviously a mistake in the system as they sent a confirmation email with all of them listed to my referee). Apparently UCL contacted my teacher privately to get PGs for me and that's why I got an offer from them. I can't be bothered to fix this as I am happy with UCL, but I'd advise to check that also in your case.
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My current status is Decision letter issued. Did you guys got the same status as me, before getting the rejected status?
Original post by Katanaman
My current status is Decision letter issued. Did you guys got the same status as me, before getting the rejected status?


Original post by cashis
They replied the same as to you, that they will forward it for feedback. On their applicant portal it changed for "rejected" so I guess it's not a mistake either

My current status is Decision letter issued. Did you guys got the same status as me, before getting the rejected status?
The process could have been completely different 5 years ago. Just wait for your UCAS status to update.

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