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Does being waitlisted mean I'm accepted?

Hey everybody, I'm new to this whole college admission process, and I'm a bit stressed out. If I get waitlisted at a college, does that mean I'm accepted? What are the chances of getting off the waitlist?

6 months ago

Hello! I understand that the college admission process can be confusing and stressful. A waitlist decision means that the college is neither accepting nor denying you at this time—they are still considering your application. If a college doesn't have enough spots for accepted students, they may turn to the waitlist to fill those spots. What this means for you is that you still have a chance to be admitted, but it's not guaranteed.

The chances of getting off the waitlist vary depending on multiple factors, such as the number of waitlisted students, the number of students who decline their admission offers, and the college's enrollment goals.

Some colleges may announce an increase, decrease, or maintain the same number of students they plan to admit from the waitlist. Unfortunately, this means there's no set percentage or rate of acceptance from the waitlist, and it'll vary from year to year and college to college.

In the meantime, you should put down a deposit at another college where you have been accepted to secure your spot just in case you don't get off the waitlist at your desired school. If you still want to increase your chances of getting off the waitlist, you can try some of the following:

1. Write a letter reaffirming your interest and updating the college on any new achievements or relevant information.

2. Keep your grades strong to show that you're still working hard academically.

3. If the college allows, you can reach out to the admissions office with questions or to express your continued interest.

However, it's important to remember that despite your best efforts, acceptance off the waitlist isn't guaranteed. Be prepared to attend another college where you've been accepted, and remember that there are many paths to success, and attending your waitlisted college isn't the only one! Good luck!

6 months ago

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