Having a college degree is becoming more of a necessity for people to compete in an ever-changing workforce. However, sometimes it becomes necessary to withdraw an application from a college or university, such as when you've been granted early decision acceptance by another institution. If you find yourself in the position of having to withdraw a college application, follow each institution's guidelines for the process and avoid making a bad impression on any admissions committee.

Gather the school ID of each school you plan to withdraw an application from if one already had been assigned to you. Some schools may need that ID in order to withdraw your application accurately.

Visit the admissions website of the school where you would like to withdraw the application and see if there is any protocol listed for the withdrawal. Some schools may have a form you can use for application withdrawal on their websites, and others may request an email or letter.

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Call the school's admissions office if no information is listed on withdrawing an application or if you just want to double-check the information listed on its website. Be prepared to give a reason for the withdrawal, such as medical or financial obligations.

Things Needed

  • College admissions office phone number
  • Student ID (if applicable)

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M. Skylar Ezell has been writing about politics, entertainment, urban culture and career-related topics since 2007. His communications work for Fortune 500 companies in health care, technology and hospitality has resulted in international recognition, including the Association for Talent Development BEST Award and Achievers Global Award. He is a graduate of Georgia State University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and public relations.