It Might Be Fake, But This High School Student’s Harvard Rejection Letter Is Still Hilarious



It Might Be Fake, But This High School Student’s Harvard Rejection Letter Is Still Hilarious

Whether you’ve heard about this viral Harvard rejection letter, or you’ve heard it’s turned out to be fake, or you really don’t know much about it, it doesn’t matter – you should still take a quick peek at it, because it’s sure to make you slap your knee and chuckle like it did for the rest of us.

The true story behind this letter – which is designed and written in a way that makes it appear to be a rejection for a high school student’s application to attend the prestigious Harvard – is that Francis W. Parker High School student Molly McGaan needed something funny to publish in her Chicago school’s satirical student newsletter, Citizen Poke

After reading the fictional letter, you will understand why it not only amused her classmates, but quickly went viral too, as Internet users all over the world mistook it for a legitimate rejection letter from Harvard’s actual Dean of Admissions. 


It certainly looks real enough, and the style of writing is pretty convincing too! If McGaan plays her cards right, this letter might actually win her an admission to Harvard – wouldn’t that be an ironic twist of events?! 

When The Huffington Post spoke to McGaan about her satirical letter early March, she explained that she just wanted to remove some of the tension that inevitably comes with college applications.

“I’ve had a lot of friends really stressed out about college admissions, and I just wanted to make some people smile,” she laughed. “To me it was just this very juvenile little joke that I wrote.”

“I couldn’t believe it got picked up so fast [the letter had millions of hits via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, etc. less than a week after she posted it]. I write this magazine at my school, and the most amount of likes before this was about four!” 

She concluded by informing people that she has indeed applied at Harvard, and now that the letter has gone so unexpectedly viral, she’s a little worried it might affect her chances of squeezing in! A spokesperson for the college has told The Boston Globe that they have seen the letter, but wouldn’t say anything more about it.

We’ve all got our fingers crossed for you Molly – I don’t think a legitimate rejection letter would be quite as amusing for you or any of us!


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