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Duke University
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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


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Why am I getting waitlisted everywhere?

Hey, I'm feeling a bit stressed bc I've been waitlisted at several colleges already. Is there something wrong with my application or is this common? What can I do to improve my chances? Thanks for any advice.

7 months ago

First off, I understand that being waitlisted can be frustrating and stressful. However, please remember that being waitlisted means that the college sees potential in your application and still considers you a competitive applicant. It's important to realize that college admissions have become increasingly competitive. Especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many students have delayed their college applications and caused fluctuations in acceptance rates as colleges face seating uncertainties.

That being said, there isn't necessarily something wrong with your application. It could be a combination of factors, such as the increased competition and the fact that colleges sometimes waitlist students who might not be a perfect fit for their expected class composition. Waitlists can help colleges achieve their desired class "balance" in terms of demographics, talents, and other attributes.

To improve your chances, one of the first things you can do is submit a Letter of Continued Interest (LOCI). The letter should reaffirm your interest in the school, update them on any new achievements or information not included in your initial application, and emphasize any specific reasons why the school is a particularly great fit for you. Additionally, make sure to keep your grades up and continue engaging in extracurricular activities that demonstrate commitment and leadership.

At the same time, it's essential to consider other college options. Regardless of where you end up, keep in mind there are several paths to success and happiness in your academic and professional life. Good luck, and remember to stay positive during this process!

7 months ago

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