How can you get in off the wait list?

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How can you get in off the wait list?

Pam Proctor
Author The College Hook

How can you get in off the wait list?

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Beth Wiser
Director of Admissions University of Vermont

How can you get in off the wait list?

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Richard Nesbitt
Director of Admissions Williams College

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Suzan Reznick
Independent Educational Consultant The College Connection

Follow-up information can be key

For all of my clients who have been deferred or wait-listed, I advise them to send a letter to the admissions office. This letter is a way or confirming their continued enthusiasm for the school as well as providing any new information that might impact their admissions decision. The letter could include any new clubs, leadership, awards and/or honors. It might not be a bad idea to send an additional recommendation letter and/or an additional essay or writing sample. You need to convey to the college that you are a strong applicant and would be likely to enroll if accepted.

Helen H. Choi
Owner Admissions Mavens

Demonstrate Continued Interest and Cross Your Fingers

If you decide to remain on a school's waitlist, be sure to let them know of your decision. Once you have done this, you might want to write the admissions committee a letter informing them of any new (and relevant) developments in your life. After that -- the ball's in their court, and there's not much you can do. Don't bake cookies and send them to the school. Don't e-mail your regional admissions officer every day/week asking them for updates. Why? Well -- bombarding admissions officers with desperate-sounding emails and baked goods just don't work. Remember that application that you sent off in the winter? THAT'S what they'll be looking at if they decide to re-visit your application -- not your scary emails and double fudge brownies!

Annie Reznik
Counselor/CEO College Guidance Coach

Institutional Needs Drive Wait List

Determinations about wait list activity are driven solely by the needs of an individual institution. Wait list activity varies wildly because both the timing and number of wait list admissions depends upon enrollment decisions made by admitted students. Wait lists enable enrollment managers to secure class sizes with pinpoint accuracy. From year to year, it is impossible to predict the likelihood of admission for students who have earned a position on the wait list. To put yourself in the best possible position, provide colleges with new academic information (updated grades) and a sincere expression of interest.

Laura O'Brien Gatzionis
Founder Educational Advisory Services

Trying to successfully move off the wait list

If your first choice college has wait listed you, you need to write the admissions office a letter and state that you definitely want to stay on the wait list. If you will attend the school if you are given the opportunity, you should say so very clearly. If you think that you will be a good addition to the campus, then explain why. If there are new achievements that you have managed during the spring of your senior year, then you should mention them. This is your last chance to add another dimension to your application. After you have sent the letter, then relax and start to discover the great things about your second choice school--and do not forget to make the deposit at that school! If you do move off the wait list then do not forget the inform the school to which you have already given your deposit that you will not be matriculating there. This will allow one of your peers to move off of that school's wait list to take your spot!

Erica White
College & Career Counselor Middletown High School

Update your information as needed...

If you get waitlisted, I would send a letter to the admissions office and let them know you are still interested in their school and would like to remain on the waitlist. Some schools, take you off the waitlist, unless they hear from you. I would continue to stay involved in activities and community service. If you join a new club or recieve any new awards I would send an email or a letter to the admissions office notifying them. I would also send 3rd quarter grades to show your academic strengths.

็Ž‹ๆ–‡ๅ› June Scortino
President IVY Counselors Network

keep the communication going

you should send transcript or middle term report to the college you may write letter to confirm you as the wait list student other than that, you really has little to do unless your counselor would work for you on this one.

Rana Slosberg
Owner Slosberg College Solutions LLC

Get in off the waitlist

If you have been waitlisted for your first-choice college, contact admissions and let them know you really want to go to their college and that if you are accepted off of the wait list, you will attend. Send them any new information that will shed a good light on you (e.g., strong Senior grades, new awards or honors, new leadership positions).