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17-year old rejects Duke's rejection letter

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By CNN Wire Service.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Siobhan O'Dell does not take no for an answer.

The 17 year-old from North Carolina has become a viral sensation for her bold response to a rejection letter from Duke University.

"Thank you for your rejection letter of March 26, 2015," O'Dell writes in a letter addressed to Duke University Admissions. "After careful consideration, I regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me admission into the Fall 2015 freshman class at Duke."

O'Dell posted the letter on her Tumblr page three days ago and it has been trending on social media websites ever since. It's a move that seemed to resonate with college applicants around the country as they await acceptance or rejection letters.

"This year I have been fortunate enough to receive rejection letters from the best and brightest universities in the country," O'Dell says in the letter. "With a pool of letters so diverse and accomplished I was unable to accept reject letters I would have been able to only several years ago."

In the formal language of a typical rejection letter, O'Dell goes on to inform Duke that she will be attending the esteemed university in the fall, like it or not.

"Despite Duke's outstanding success in rejecting previous applicants, you simply did not meet my qualifications. Therefore, I will be attending Duke University's 2015 freshmen class."

O'Dell also posted a response she received from Duke's admissions department to her reaction the school's rejection.

The department notes that O'Dell could appeal the decision, but says reversals are rare.

"If you choose to appeal, we welcome your request, but I do not wish to raise unreasonable expectations on your part," the university writes.

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