Waitlist Woes? What to do if you land on a waitlist

Recorded Tuesday, April 6 at 12:00 AM

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About this livestream


Landed on the waitlist at one of your dream schools? Getting mixed signals from the admissions committee? Well don’t fear — Yesh Datar is here!

In this series we’ll discuss the next steps you should take after a school has decided to put your application on hold. We’ll go over your chances after being put on the waitlist, how to show you’re still interested, and when to know it’s time to move on.

Stop by to ask a few questions or stick around the whole hour to learn everything you need to know about the waitlist process.

Your host

Undergrad College: Boston University '20

Major: Medical Science

Graduate College: Boston University School of Medicine

Work Experience: I've been working at CollegeVine for 3 years mentoring students through BS/MD and undergraduate admissions. I am currently a medical student and have done research at Boston Medical Center, Dana-Farber, and the Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Yesh and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
10:10@anonymous:Do colleges ever give merit aid to WL students? Do students ever get into Honors programs? DD is on several WLs with very high stickers and paying full sticker is not going to work.
19:12@anonymous:Will be harder to take off from waitlist in Liberal Art college due to the much smaller size?
20:19@MichelleHe:I'm a female student from China, have been waitlisted by CMU for mechanical engineering. What can I do to get accepted?
27:57@MWGVINE:Is there a way to find out the yield/chances at particular schools?
28:49@anonymous:Where do we send in our new information? How do we know if a college takes supplements and if it does how do we go about that?
29:44@ab2004:What do you think about yield rates, admission rates, and waitlisting this year in light of COVID-19? What kind of changes have resulted from it?
36:13@mimi:Do ivy league schools, MIT, Stanford have honors program? Does CollegeVine have a list of schools that have honors programs?
36:57@anonymous:I appreciate your answers. What does strike me: some WLs give students a chance to input senior grades. A student in June could be different than the student in November. No need to respond to this question/statement
37:28@anonymous:I was hoping the schools might be trying to fill slots so would need to discount more (give more aid). But this is probably grasping at straws.
38:26@ab2004:How much communication is "too much" when it comes to contacting the admissions office after being waitlisted?
40:29@WhoGirl03:are you able to input materials for being deferred just as you would for a waitlist?
41:22@ab2004:Not sure if you've already addressed this, but how do colleges differentiate between accepted, waitlisted, and rejected students? In other words, what does "waitlisted" status mean for a student? They're kind of in between.
48:56@ab2004:Kind of off topic, but do you have any stories about waitlisting that you know of?
53:40@anonymous:Do you know in general how many students get waitlisted rather than rejected? I’m sure these vary from college to college but what about the ivys and colleges like Duke?
55:04@ab2004:Do waitlisted students end up at any kind of disadvantage if they somehow do get accepted?
57:04@ab2004:how long is a school's waitlist? are they longer or shorter for more competitive schools?
57:27@B.Murray:If you want to know the wait list stats for a school, look at the "Common Data Set" for the school
57:53@anonymous:thank you for hosting this. It is so strange. I feel like some of this could be colleges just wanting full pay students who will definitely enroll.


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