Which of the options sounds correct?

She has been accepted/admitted at York University.

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    Accepted and admitted mean different things. What do you want your sentence to mean? What event does it refer to? Being assured of a place at Your University, or taking up that place and becoming a student there? – Andrew Leach Mar 20 '14 at 11:05
  • Oh my, I have mispelt the name of university, it should be 'York University'. Anyway, the second meaning is what I need. – tengg Mar 20 '14 at 11:18
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    What country / region are you from? I think that will make a big difference here. – andi Mar 20 '14 at 15:58
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    OK, well, I am from NYC. @AndrewLeach said "taking up the place is admitted" but I would not say the same thing. Being accepted to XY is when a student receives a letter saying "Congratulations, we hope you'll pick our school". Admitted means the same as accepted, but isn't as commonly used here. "She enrolled at XY" could mean paying your deposit and reserving your spot, and matriculated is a formal way of saying actually started taking classes as a full-time student. But in casual conversation, people wouldn't say matriculated; they'd just say "she started school at XY". – andi Mar 20 '14 at 21:03
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    Given that the question has been corrected to York University it seems clear to me that this is UK. A [british-english] tag (or whatever, if I'm wrong) would help, though. – Andrew Leach Mar 20 '14 at 21:16

They can both mean the same thing but "admitted" is usually paired with "to":

She has been admitted to York University.

"Accepted" can work with many different prepositions but in this context the most appropriate would be:

She has been accepted into York University.

She has been accepted to York University.

She has been accepted at York University.

The relevant word definitions, by the way:

admit — to allow to enter; grant or afford entrance to: "to admit a student to college."

accept — To admit to a group, organization, or place: "accepted me as a new member of the club."

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To me, this is a matter of nuance. In the US, being accepted by a university is pretty much the same as being admitted to one.

But, if someone told me they were accepted, I might ask when they'll be going. And they might respond that they were admitted for the Fall Quarter.

Here, I see accept as: to receive with approval or favor. Admit is to permit, give access to or egress to.

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  • When you admit, it's all about your action and views. When you accept, it's generally others'. – Ram Pillai Apr 19 at 7:36

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