Resources for Waitlisted Students

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Waitlisted.jpgIf You’re Waitlisted Here Are Some Resources to Help You Decide What to Do Next


At the end of the college admissions process most students expect a clear “yes” or “no” answer on their application, so receiving a waitlist decision can be an extremely confusing result. If you’re waitlisted, there are a number of resources out there to help you decide whether to take your chances on the waitlist or move on.

Why Waitlisted?

In the end, it’s all about numbers. Colleges are trying to build well-rounded classes, and with more students applying to more colleges than ever before, it’s getting harder and harder for colleges to predict just how many of the admitted students will enroll. Colleges have been growing their waitlists for years to account for this uncertainty – if they don’t reach their enrollment goals with the admitted students they can make up for it by admitting students off the waitlist. It’s not an entirely fair process, as it can leave many students with false hope and delay their excitement for where they’re going in the fall. After all, waitlist admit rates are very low. However, for some students on the cusp, it’s a good chance to make a case for why that college is a good-fit and get another chance at admission to their dream college.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

If you’re waitlisted, first decide if you want to stay on the list. A waitlist decision can end up being a gut-check – maybe not getting in is a sign that you don’t want to be there in the first place. Or it can energize students to get excited about the colleges to which they were admitted. If you decide to decline the waitlist spot, let the college know and continue with choosing among your acceptances. If you decide to remain on the waitlist, here are some resources on what to do next.

  1. What are Your Chances of Getting Off the Waitlist?
  2. Fox Business – Tips on how to get admitted off a college wait-list
  3. WSJ Live – College Acceptances: What Seniors Need to Know
  4. Wait and See? Tips for Getting Off the Waitlist
  5. Tips from the Experts: What to Do If You Get Put On The Waitlist
  6. The Truth About Waitlists: What Are Your Chances of Getting In?
  7. Admission Decisions: What to Do If You’re Accepted, Rejected, or Waitlisted
  8. Accepted, denied or waitlisted: Q&A with IvyWise’s Dr. Kat
  9. NACAC – The Waiting Game: What if I Am Wait-listed?
  10. NBC News – Waitlisted at Your Dream College? Here’s How to Get In

Additional Resources

Should you need some extra guidance, IvyWise offers a waitlist consultation to help students evaluate their options, understand why they were waitlisted, and improve their chances of admission should they decide to remain on the waitlist.

If you’d like more information on IvyWise’s waitlist consultation and other college counseling services, contact us today.


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