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If you have been waitlisted by a college, that means the college likes you, but there just is not enough room to accept all of the candidates the college wants. Here we provide some next steps on what to do if you have been waitlisted.
The advantage of being waitlisted is that you have not been denied admission, and you can take steps to try to change your status to "admitted." Listed below are things you can do to boost your chances of being accepted to your school of choice:
What to Do
- Evaluate your admission status: Contact the admissions office and try to gather as much information as you can about the waitlist, for example, if there is a priority list, and where you fall among the waitlisted applicants. Most admissions professionals are willing to let you know your status on the waitlist. The higher you rank, the better your chances are of being accepted.
- Write a letter to the admissions office: The college has already determined that you have the academic qualifications for admission. Now is the time to stress the areas that make you stand out and mention any nonacademic factors that might help your case — especially any new achievements, certifications, or supplemental information. Emphasize your strong desire to attend the college and make a case for why you are a good fit.
- Request an interview: If you have not had a Skype or a telephone interview with the college, this may be a good chance to connect with someone personally to reiterate your interest.
- Ask alumni write to the school for you: It is rarely effective to find alumni who are willing to write letters recommending you. Such letters tend to be shallow and they could make you look too desperate. Ask yourself if such a letter will make a difference in changing admissions decision.
- Communicate excessively: Do not send a lot of emails or call constantly to ask about your status. The extra communication does not add value, and it will give the admissions office more work to do. Instead, send one brief, sincere letter and wait for admissions to reach out to you before contacting them again.
We hope the above tips give you some direction when it comes – good luck!