It is not uncommon to receive admission offers from many graduate schools at more or less the same time. We apply to many universities and colleges, hoping to get into at least one of them. So when more than one offer is made, we choose which one was initially on our priority list and take it up, sending polite refusal letters to the others.

However, things may not always turn in our favor and we may have to go back on our decision and ask a previous school (one which we politely refused an offer from) to let us enroll after all. In such a case, it is important to write a re-application letter to provide the school management with our intentions of joining them after all.

A re-application letter can also be written if you have been refused admission in a graduate school and you want the management to reconsider their decision of not enrolling you. In such a case, you may have to be very careful in how you write your letter, since you want to change their impression about you. There is a strong possibility that your application will be reconsidered if you provide them with information that they are looking for specifically.

In a situation where you had have reconsidered your own decision to join a graduate school after having refused once, you can refer to the following sample to see how you can write your own re-application letter:


Re-Application Letter for Graduate School


Jean Berry
11 Apple Street
San Diego, CA 92141
(000) 987-6464
Jean @ email . com

April 2, 2016

Graduate Admissions Office
School of Environmental Sciences
Oregon State University
63 Washington Road
Salem, OR 27924


Dear Mr. Spencer:

I would like to reapply for Masters in Environmental Sciences – MES 202 being offered at the Oregon State University, in the fall 2016 term. It was with deepest regrets that I could not accept your invitation for the 2015 fall term, owing to personal obstacles that I could not reckon with at that time. Having successfully surmounted these obstacles and having gained additional experience and exposure to environmental sciences through an internship during this time, I am pleased to continue my education.

My activities during the time that I took out between fall 2015 and present, include:

• An extended internship with Green Peace, USA, where I assisted with policy making and implementation.
• A volunteer position with Save the Earth, providing assistance in designing and developing strategies to keep our local environment clean, by engaging other volunteers.

My commitment to creating awareness of environmental problems that our planet is facing and providing logistical support to agencies active in this arena, remain a constant goal. I believe that these experiences, along with my bachelor’s degree in a similar genre, will help me understand the concepts taught in class in a more profound manner.

I am enclosing all documents, including past transcripts, internship letters and volunteer references with this letter, and have also filled out the online application, the reference number of which is RTR 569875201223. I look forward to hearing from you soon.



Jean Berry