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Do people actually send out thank you cards? 
14th-Jan-2013 11:57 pm
I recently heard of someone who was thinking of sending out a thank you card to the college that accepted them upon receiving their acceptance letter, cause they got accepted into a program with massive funding and I never heard of that. Is that common?
15th-Jan-2013 07:11 am (UTC)
If one has any class at all, yes. But common I doubt.
15th-Jan-2013 05:44 pm (UTC)
I disagree with the above poster (perhaps I have no class at all, *eyeroll*). During the application process, you should send a thank you note (email is fine) to people that interviewed you within 24 hours of those interviews. And you should quickly acknowledge any acceptance offers, but again, email is fine. But sending a thank you card to a school for accepting you seems akin to sending a card to an employer for hiring you. I've never heard of either.
15th-Jan-2013 06:00 pm (UTC)
I tend to agree. Thank-you cards are for people, formal acceptances are for organisations. By all means send thank-you notes to recommenders, interviewers, and even application coordinators, and anyone else who helped you on your way, but sending a thank-you card to the school is unnecessary and sort of awkward.
15th-Jan-2013 09:16 pm (UTC)
This. When I applied for PhD programs, I was accepted to all 4. I immediately acknowledged receipt of my acceptances with emails, and in those emails I of course thanked them for their consideration. When I made my final decision, I thanked my point of content and accepted the offer, and then also sent notes to decline my other offers that said thank you.

Sending a formal thank you note on paper seems odd. I do that for gifts and when people are gracious hosts, but not for what is, essentially, business.
16th-Jan-2013 06:29 pm (UTC)
Yes. OP: Your post was the first I've heard of anyone doing this.
1st-Feb-2013 04:55 am (UTC)
No. An acceptance to a grad school isn't them passing down the manna from heaven to you, the lowly graduate student. It's a mutually beneficial relationship. You get a degree out of the deal and they get student with lots of potential who is going to increase the standing of their school after graduation. I would thank your interviewers and recommenders but not the graduate school itself.
2nd-Feb-2013 06:05 am (UTC)
Whom on earth would one send such a card to?? I mean who represents "the school" for the purposes of receiving such a bizarre missive? The computer system to which you uploaded your application? The webmaster who maintains it? The President of the University? The trustees?
14th-Feb-2013 09:43 pm (UTC)
I agree with the comments above. I do not think it is necessary for your average college application. Now I have sent one to the person who interviewed me for my teaching assistant position for when I worked first on my masters and then again when I was pursuing my phd. But never to the university as a whole.

Working world though - a thank you card goes a long way. For my last job, I knew the day I left that they would be interviewing someone that day and making a decision in 2 days. I wrote thank you notes on the flight home and went to the post office to overnight those cards. Over the top, maybe. Showing your interest and being on top of it - I got the job.
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