Waitlist Admission Rates

Thursday, March 14, 2024

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For waitlisted students, it can be hard to judge just how much of a chance they have of getting accepted off the waitlist. Data around waitlist acceptances can be scarce, especially as waitlists at top colleges grow and more and more schools become less transparent about their admissions statistics. The college counselors at IvyWise, however, have dug into the data and have some insight into waitlist admission rates. 

What Are My Chances of Getting Off the Waitlist?

According to recent data from the National Association of College Admissions Counseling, colleges on average admit 20% of students off the waitlist. At the most selective institutions, that figure was 7%. In reality, since waitlist decisions can come as late as weeks before the start of the fall semester, families usually don’t have a good sense of how many students are admitted off waitlists each year. 

Recent Waitlist Admission Rates

Waitlist admission rates can vary from school to school and even year to year, especially as colleges have seen record-breaking application numbers over the past few years. Here is a list of colleges and universities and their waitlist admit rates for the class of 2027 — the most recent, complete data that schools currently have available. 

 School Waitlisted Accepted from Waitlist Waitlist Acceptance Rate
American University Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
Amherst College 599 47 7.85%
Babson College 1,171 39 3.33%
Barnard College Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
Bates College 855 68 7.95%
Baylor University  910 735 80.77%
Bowdoin College Unknown 29 Unknown
Boston University 8,907 34 0.38%
Brown University Unknown 73 Unknown
Bucknell University 1,233 1 0.08%
Caltech Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
Carleton College Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
Carnegie Mellon University Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
Case Western Reserve University 7,940 1,141 14.37%
Claremont McKenna College 396 44 11.11%
Clark University 517 101 19.54%
Colgate University Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
College of Charleston 1,302 205 15.75%
College of the Holy Cross 1,572 42 2.67%
College of William and Mary 1,918 136 7.09%
Colorado College 144 20 13.89%
Columbia University Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
Cornell University 6,166 362 5.87%
Dartmouth College 1,606 0 0.00%
Davidson College 710 14 1.97%
DePaul University 254 98 38.58%
Elon University 832 109 13.10%
Emory University – Emory Campus

Data not yet released

Data not yet released

Data not yet released

Fairfield University 1,830 9 0.49%
Georgia Tech 4,016 60 1.49%
George Washington University Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
Georgetown University Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
Gonzaga University 324 60 18.52%
Grinnell College

Data not yet released

Data not yet released

Data not yet released

Hamilton College 1,249 41 3.28%
Harvard University

Data not yet released

Data not yet released

Data not yet released

Harvey Mudd College 406 57 14.04%
Haverford College 740 27 3.65%
Howard University Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
Indiana University 1,317 1,143 86.79%
Johns Hopkins University

Data not yet released

Data not yet released

Data not yet released

Lafayette College 870 63 7.24%
Lehigh University 2,098 144 6.86%
Lewis & Clark College 143 26 18.18%
Loyola Marymount (CA) Unknown 404 Unknown
Loyola University – Chicago No Waitlist No Waitlist No Waitlist
Macalester College 354 60 16.95%
Marquette University 200 70 35.00%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
Miami University – Ohio Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
Middlebury College Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
New York University Unknown Unknown Unknown
Northeastern University Unknown Unknown Unknown
Northwestern University Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
Olin College of Engineering Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
Pepperdine University Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
Pitzer College 202 10 4.95%
Pomona College 587 62 10.56%
Princeton University Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
Providence College 1,124 199 17.70%
Reed College 2,370 100 4.22%
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1,735 74 4.27%
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 78 9 11.54%
Rice University Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
Santa Clara University Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
Sarah Lawrence College Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
Smith College Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
Southern Methodist University 821 292 35.57%
Stanford University 506 76 15.02%
Swarthmore College Unknown 23 Unknown
Syracuse University 5,933 1,647 27.76%
Texas Christian University 974 273 28.03%
Texas A&M No waitlist No waitlist N/A
Trinity University 496 96 19.35%
Tufts University Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
Tulane University 2,168 43 1.98%
University of California – Berkeley 4,820 1,191 24.71%
University of California – Irvine Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
University of California – Los Angeles 11,725 1,400 11.94%
University of California – San Diego 19,373 2,616 13.50%
University of Colorado – Boulder 2,590 101 3.90%
University of Denver Unknown Unknown Unknown
University of Georgia 1,904 739 38.81%
University of Maryland, College Park Unknown 0 0.00%
University of Massachusetts – Amherst 6,628 1,701 25.66%
University of Miami 7,758 215 2.77%
University of Michigan 18,321 955 5.21%
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
University of Notre Dame 1,811 90 4.97%
University of Pennsylvania Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
University of Richmond 36 34 94.44%
University of Virginia Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
University of Washington – Seattle 4,122 2,985 72.42%
University of Wisconsin – Madison 7,221 4,436 61.43%
Vanderbilt University Unknown 140 Unknown
Vassar College 501 60 11.98%
Virginia Tech 7,148 0 0.00%
Wake Forest University

Data not yet released

Data not yet released

Data not yet released

Washington and Lee University 669 0 0.00%
Washington University in St. Louis Data not yet released Data not yet released Data not yet released
Wellesley College 1,180 19 1.61%
Wesleyan University 1,359 201 14.79%
Williams College 637 3 0.47%
Worcester Polytechnic Institute 1,130 285 25.22%
Yale University 899 0

0.00%

Not getting into your top-choice or “dream” school can be a big disappointment, but it can narrow the pool and allow you to focus on the other great schools where you were admitted. That said, a sense of uncertainty can come into play when you’re waitlisted, especially with enrollment deadlines right around the corner. At IvyWise we offer Waitlist Consultation services to help you decide what steps to take next to have the best chances of admission and decide where to enroll.

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