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CBS has received approximately 14,000 applications from more than 7,000 applicants for exactly 2,935 places. If you have been rejected, you are one out of 4,000 applicants who did not get into CBS either. Read here to find out what to do next.

 
07/27/2018

Again this year, a lot of people have applied for an education at CBS. CBS has a lot more applicants than study places, which means that many applicants are rejected. It can be really frustrating not getting accepted into the "education of your dreams". In this article, we will bust some of the myths about admission to CBS’ bachelor programmes - and we also have some advice for your next steps.

Come to information meetings on 7 August or 9 august

First of all, we would like to invite you to an event for those who have not been accepted.

Here, we will tell you all about this year’s bachelor enrolment, what it took to become enrolled, what a good motivational essay looks like, and what you can do next.

Read more about information meetings on admission

No vacant places

CBS has no vacant study places. There are no standby places or waiting lists either.

Myths

Let us look at some of the die-hard myths that exist about bachelor admission at CBS. We would like to bust a few.

  • You do not have to meet the entry requirements when applying through quota 2: 
    You always have to meet the entry requirements whether you apply through quota 2 or quota 1. You will not even be offered a place if you do not meet the entry requirements.

  • Grades do not matter when applying through quota 2:
    Grades do matter. In quota 2, the applicant will be subject to an overall assessment. Your grades are a part of this assessment, but we also look at what you have done after finishing upper secondary school. CBS attaches great importance to working and studying abroad as well as your motivational essay in those programmes where it is required. If you have finished your upper secondary education this year, you will not be able to document any activities in your quota 2 application, as all the activities must take place after your upper secondary education.

  • The motivational essay is the only thing that counts:
    It is not. Your motivational essay counts for a lot, but there are also other things that matter, because you are subject to an overall assessment.

  • We have a waiting list in case enrolled students withdraw their registration:
    From 2018, CBS does not have any standby places, so even if you ticked the box in optagelse.dk, it does not matter. CBS does not have a waiting list or any vacant places either.

  • You can exchange your study place in one programme for another at CBS 
    It is not possible to switch to another programme than the one you have been accepted into. If you wish to change to another programme at CBS, you have to apply for admission again through quota 1 or 2 on an equal footing with the rest of the applicants. You should therefore only say yes to a place in a programme that you really wish to get into.

Plan B - 5 tips

If you have been rejected and do not have a plan B, you should think about getting one right away.

Thomas Gylling, Student Guidance Counsellor at CBS, has provided guidance to rejected applicants for many years. Thomas has five tips for you to move on after getting rejected:

  1. ”There are plenty of great programmes across the country which still have vacant places. Perhaps one of them will suit you. Perhaps you can study the same or almost the same you were going to study at CBS, and you can start studying already this year.”
     
  2. ”If you are completely certain that you want to take the programme that you applied for at CBS and did not get into this year, you must consider how you can improve your chances of getting admitted next year. Read the quota 2 rules, participate in the information meetings about admission and think about what you can do. Having worked full-time abroad really improves your chances, but do you want to spend a year improving your chances of POSSIBLY getting in next year? There are no guarantees even if you are working like mad to become qualified.”
     
  3. ”If you wait until next year to apply, you should make a plan A, B and C beforehand. Choose a number of priorities and familiarise yourself with everything before you choose. Think about what is most important: Where you study, or what you study? Sometimes applicants choose CBS without having considered that practically the same education can be taken somewhere else where the GPAs are not as high. In other words, there are good alternatives."
     
  4. “Keep in mind that a programme which requires a very high GPA as such is not better, harder or cooler than programmes with a lower GPA. It is all about the number of study places in relation to the number of applicants - nothing else. A programme with a lower GPA may in many cases provide you with the same career opportunities as a programme that requires a GPA that is sky-high. You really have to look at the contents of a programme and then choose what you want to work with instead of becoming obsessed with getting into that one prestigious programme."
     
  5. ”With the GPA levels that we see at CBS, we have to reject extremely qualified applicants. Most rejected applicants are fully qualified to study at CBS, so please do not become disappointed with yourself. It becomes more and more difficult to pass through the eye of the needle. Obviously, many applicants will not make it. This has nothing to do with you and your skills. You just have to make a new plan.”

Contact a student guidance counsellor

You are welcome to contact the student guidance counsellors at CBS if you need help finding out what is right for you.

Find contact information for the student guidance counsellors

Quota 2 for next year

If you want to apply again next year, you can already begin to plan how to spend your time wisely for the benefit of your quota 2 application.

CBS attaches great importance to two things in quota 2:

  • Stays abroad combined with studies or a full-time job. Read more about activities in quota 2: Undergraduate Admission - Step 2 under Quota 2: Extra-curricular activities
  • Motivational essay: In some programmes, a motivational essay is an important part of your quota 2 application. Your motivational essay must include a description of how you can contribute to the programme and why exactly you are a valuable asset to the programme and the study environment. See which programmes require a motivational essay: Undergraduate Admission - Step 2 under Quota 2: Motivational essay

If you wish to know more about what you can do the next year to improve your chances in quota 2, you can attend one of our information meetings about admission during the autumn of 2018

Questions?

If you have questions about your admission, you are welcome to contact CBS Admission at bacheloradmission@cbs.dk

If you have questions about your study programme, you are welcome to contact your student guidance counsellor

The page was last edited by: Student Affairs // 08/02/2018