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I was recently accepted to my top choice (yay!) and have accepted their offer. I have declined other offers of acceptance but am unsure if I should also let other schools in which I've interviewed with know that I have accepted another offer even though they have yet to reject or accept me. What's the polite thing to do and how would I word an email essentially withdrawing my application due to the acceptance of another school.

Thanks for the help.

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It can't hurt you to wait, but if you are certain of your decision, then withdrawing yourself from consideration will make room for others at those programs and I think it would be a good thing to do.

Some online application systems have an option to withdraw your application. For others, you can send an email to the appropriate contact person (this will vary depending on the program) to notify them that you have already accepted an offer from another program.

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2 hours ago, preantepenultimate said:

It can't hurt you to wait, but if you are certain of your decision, then withdrawing yourself from consideration will make room for others at those programs and I think it would be a good thing to do.

Some online application systems have an option to withdraw your application. For others, you can send an email to the appropriate contact person (this will vary depending on the program) to notify them that you have already accepted an offer from another program.

Thanks! I believe I'm able to withdraw online but feel the need to also send a short email.

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If you have already decided to accept another offer (i.e. you are 100% sure that you will not attend this school), then withdraw your application. Sending a personal email is a good idea if you have had contact with the department individually. Doing this may really help them because as April 15 approaches, they need to make decisions on who to accept from the waitlist and having you out of the equation (I mean this in the nicest way possible) would be very helpful as it's one less unknown they have to worry about. Otherwise, if they rank you higher than other people on the waitlist, it could waste everyone's time for them to contact you, make an offer, have you say "no thanks" and then they have to do this to the next person. It saves you time, it saves them uncertainty and it might bring a decision to someone on the waitlist faster. Your timely withdrawal once you have accepted another offer will be appreciated.

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44 minutes ago, TakeruK said:

If you have already decided to accept another offer (i.e. you are 100% sure that you will not attend this school), then withdraw your application. Sending a personal email is a good idea if you have had contact with the department individually. Doing this may really help them because as April 15 approaches, they need to make decisions on who to accept from the waitlist and having you out of the equation (I mean this in the nicest way possible) would be very helpful as it's one less unknown they have to worry about. Otherwise, if they rank you higher than other people on the waitlist, it could waste everyone's time for them to contact you, make an offer, have you say "no thanks" and then they have to do this to the next person. It saves you time, it saves them uncertainty and it might bring a decision to someone on the waitlist faster. Your timely withdrawal once you have accepted another offer will be appreciated.

Ok perfect. I have already sent my acceptance to the other school and assuming nothing goes freakishly wrong, I'll be attending in the fall. I was slightly fearful that a withdraw would come off cocky if that makes any sense, but I'm glad to see that it could potentially more helpful than anything else.

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I think it is a really good thing to let schools know as soon as possible after you have made a decision, whether it is just to withdraw your application or reject an offer. It makes it easier for them to plan and reach out to other students in time. It is a huge help to them and they would rather know as soon as possible, than go through the whole process of (maybe) offering you a position that you were going to reject all along. Keep in mind that no matter where you go, it is likely that you will meet your POIs from the schools that you do not attend at conferences or professional settings, so it is nice to give the impression that you take their offer seriously and do what you can to make the process easier for them too.

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