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Student Pens Letter of Rejection to Oxford

Hemera/Thinkstock(HAMPSHIRE, England) -- Every year, thousands of students are rejected from Oxford, one of the most elite universities in the world. But how many times has Oxford been rejected by a student? The answer is at least once, thanks to Elly Nowell.

“I very much regret to inform you that I will be withdrawing my application,” Nowell, 19, wrote to Oxford’s Magdalen College in a rejection letter that parodied the ones universities send to students who are not admitted.

“I realise you may be disappointed by this decision,” Nowell continued, “but you were in competition with many fantastic universities and following your interview I am afraid you do not quite meet the standard of the universities I will be considering.”

Nowell, of Winchester, Hampshire, told the BBC that the school’s interview process made her feel like “the only atheist in a gigantic monastery.”

In the letter, she criticized the school’s choice to hold interviews in “grand formal settings” and the gap she perceived between “minorities and white middle-class students” at the school.

A spokesperson for the college confirmed to ABC News Nowell had rescinded her application and called it a “non-story.”

Last year, 17,000 people applied for a seat at Oxford. Of that number, only a fraction -- 3,200 -- were admitted.

As for Nowell? According to her Facebook, she’s hoping to attend University College London.

“UCL was the first higher education institution in England to accept students of any race or religious or political belief,” she wrote on her page.

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