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What does being wait-listed mean for college admissions?

Hey everyone! I just got a decision back from one of my top-choice colleges and they put me on the waitlist. Can someone explain what being wait-listed means for my chances? Will I still be considered later on, or is it pretty much a rejection? Thanks!

6 months ago

Hey there! Being waitlisted means that the college has not made a final decision about your application yet. You are essentially in a pool of applicants who may be offered admission if there's space available after the initial round of acceptances. It's not a guaranteed acceptance, but it's also not a rejection.

When the college receives acceptances and rejections from their accepted students, they'll get a better understanding of how many spots are still open. If there are openings, the admissions committee will review the waitlist and offer admission to some waitlisted candidates. The chances of being accepted off the waitlist vary depending on the college and the year, so there's no definitive answer on your odds of getting in.

To increase your chances of being accepted off the waitlist, you can take a few steps. You can write a letter of continued interest to the admissions committee, reiterating your enthusiasm for the school and updating them on any new accomplishments, honors, or awards you've received since submitting your application. Additionally, make sure you submit a deposit at another college by the May 1st deadline so you have a secure spot for the fall, regardless of the waitlist outcome.

In the meantime, stay proactive and positive. Explore your other options and try to fall in love with your backup colleges. Remember that waitlists can move up until the start of the academic year, so stay hopeful but also be prepared for any outcome. Good luck!

To learn more about common wait list questions, read this blog post: https://blog.collegevine.com/faqs-about-college-waitlists/

6 months ago

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