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    Proper way to decline.

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    I finally received the package with formal terms of offer etc from Kellogg. Now the thing is I want to Decline all other other offers I've got so far asap. What is a proper mail to compose. Do I tell them where I will be joining, or just that I've received a better offer and that's it. I'm looking to do this quickly hoping offers will then be extended to others here in my school.

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    I'm not sure you need to put too much into it, they're not uncommon. If you tell them where you plan to go or not, it shouldn't make a difference. Just be polite.

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    Short and sweet. Something along the lines of...


    Dear XXX,

    I am writing to respectfully decline your offer of admission. While XYZ represents a wonderful opportunity, after careful consideration I have elected to pursue my graduate education at ABC instead. Thank you very much for the offer.

    Sincerely,

    XXX
    I'm not procrastinating. I just happen to have a very high discount rate.

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    Seriously, they don't care. They just want a decision. Be polite though, as you never know where you will end up after your PhD...

    Two sentences.

    "Thank you for your generous offer. I will not however be attending xxx."

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    It's not the point whether they care or not, it is best to be sensible on one's own part.

    Thanks walt526

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    walt526, thanks a lot!
    Now I know what kind of style and language I should use!


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    A more trivial question: If you receive an email from a prof signed "Best, John" do you reply with "Dear John" or rather with "Dear professor Jones"? Is this the same for the US and the UK?

    And if you receive a mail along the lines "Dear zurich_econ. Come to our department, it's the best, if you have questions please call!" Are you expected to reply in such a case?
    Attending: Stanford econ

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    Glad it was helpful, Shy!

    Zurich, unless you know a professor personally, I'd err on the side of formality and address him/her as Professor Jones. For example, over the past several weeks I've exchanged a few emails with Professor Wooldridge and he always signs it as "Jeff," but until I meet and get to know him, it just seems more appropriate to address him more formally.
    I'm not procrastinating. I just happen to have a very high discount rate.

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    Do a reverse rejection letter:

    Dear University,

    This year I have received a number of highly qualified admission. I'm sorry to say that I just couldn't accept yours at this time. etc.
    On the long road to dissertation

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    Quote Originally Posted by The MAN View Post

    Dear University,

    This year I have received a number of highly qualified admission. I'm sorry to say that I just couldn't accept yours at this time. etc.
    Unfortunately, I am able to attend only one PhD program...

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