What If You’re Waitlisted?

Posted on April 1, 2010. Filed under: admissions advice, college admissions, college applications, college counseling, college news, education, waitlists | Tags: , , , , |

Here are some tips that can help if you have been waitlisted AND are still interested in attending that college:

Write a cover note to your college, and make sure you re-emphasize why you are a good match and what you will do to be an asset to their community. Keep it short but add detail where possible.

Contact the admissions office via email and/or personal note and express your interest in attending as colleges like to accept students they know will attend.

You should update the admissions office with any new achievements, activities or honors. Do not repeat anything that was on your original application.

Send them a copy of your most recent transcript.

If the college where you are waitlisted is your first choice, make sure you say so!

See if you can arrange an interview

It’s okay to ask an admission officer what you can do to increase your chances of gaining acceptance.

Make sure the college keeps your name on the waitlist until the end of summer. If you decide to attend another college, notify the waitlist college as it will open a spot for another student.

Try to learn who your regional representative is and contact them.  Chances are, they have already read your application and could be a potential advocate. It is okay to contact your rep every few weeks to confirm your continued interest in gaining acceptance. You may also notify them with any new activities or honors.

If you have been waitlisted at more than one school, you can follow up on more than one waitlist.  After all, you may be interested in more than one college

If you initially checked that you needed financial aid, but now don’t, then let the college know (or have parents call the financial aid office) you are a full pay student.

Remain proactive and every month notify the college that you are still interested in attending. This may be especially true after May 1st when first deposits are due.  Colleges need to know you have not decided to attend elsewhere

You should review carefully the colleges where you have gained acceptance, as you may want to get a deposit in by the May 1st deadline. If you do get off a waitlist, you may lose the deposit made at another institution

If you get in off the waitlist, you may want to revisit the college before making a final decision.

Best of luck!

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One Response to “What If You’re Waitlisted?”

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Excellent recommendations, Jeannie. I’m going to share this with my students!

Becky Grappo
RNG International Educational Consultants, LLC


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