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It is never easy to accept and deal with any college rejection. But, what students must know and understand is that there is still life outside the college admissions, and that it is okay to receive a rejection letter from one or a number of schools.

Students who have already submitted their college applications this year must already be looking forward to the acceptance (and rejection letters). But when they finally hear back and did not receive an offer, here are the things that college applicants must do.

Never panic

Students must acknowledge that it is not the end of the world, yet. Rejection is a natural part of life and that is something that all people will have to deal with at one point or another.

Talk to a friend, mentor or counselor

While rejection can be difficult to handle, especially when it comes from someone's dream school, it will probably be a lot easier if discussed with a school counselor or mentor, according to USA Today College. This will make it easier for the applicant to deal with the feelings of rejection, and also ask any questions pertaining to the admissions process.

Consider second-choice school

Students usually apply to more than one school, and the reason behind it is for them to have a wide range of options when some schools don't accept them, and that is exactly the point. Students who have been rejected from their dream schools should realize that it is not the only institution that offers the qualities they like, according to US News. Even if the second-choice school does not match the dream school, there are still plenty of reasons why it is unique and still likeable.

Come up with a plan to transfer

Just because a student didn't get accepted at their dream school, does not mean they cannot graduate there. Many students transfer after a year or two and this is something that anyone can do too.

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