What Does it Mean If You Get Waitlisted?
More importantly, is there anything that you can do?
Decision day comes and when you see that email from your dream school, you discover that you have been waitlisted. Ugh. Horrible. Blech. Depressing. Just not what you were hoping for at all. But, while this may leave you with a sinking feeling in your stomach, don’t despair. Really.
Keep in mind that the Ivy League and “Top 20” universities in general are all EXTREMELY competitive. Getting on the waitlist is an accomplishment in itself.
That doesn’t make you feel better does it? It should, because it means that there is still hope.
I’ve seen many students who’ve been put on the waitlist for the upper-level Ivy League and Ivy League competitive schools. In other words, I’ve had students get OFF the waitlist, get OUT of limbo, and actually gain acceptance sometimes at the very last minute and to the elite of the Ivy League schools. In other words, Princeton, Harvard, and Yale. So, as they say, it really “ain’t over ’til it’s over” and you always need to keep the faith.
Here are some interesting facts to keep in mind: around 10% of students are waitlisted each year and end up getting in and last year that percentage was high. Students are applying to more and more of the Ivy League colleges, so every year predicting the percentage of admitted students that actually matriculate is a moving target, especially when students gain admission to multiple universities.
IMPORTANT POINT: You can be notified of admittance as early as April or as late as August depending on the school.
That said, you need to move forward though as if it’s not an option, but always keep that small light of hope in the back of your mind burning. Because really — you just don’t know how it will all turn out. Some students even turn down Harvard for Princeton, Princeton for MIT, or Brown for Dartmouth, so you really just don’t know how many spaces might suddenly become open and when your name can suddenly come up.
In other words, don’t assume things are out of your hands. Transferring to an Ivy League college can also be an option, as colleges accept transfers after only one semester. So go ahead and enroll in your next best choice as the better the school, the stronger your chances of successfully transferring to the Ivy League (or Ivy League competitive school) the following year.
Write a Statement of Continuing Interest
Meanwhile, take the time to write the waitlisted school an email, adding on any new awards or honors you’ve won since your application, and state your interest that, if allowed off the waitlist, the school is your very first choice.
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