There is a College (More Than One) for Every Student
1. Start your plan of action with your waitlisted school. Let them know they are your #1 choice. Follow through with whatever supplemental materials they will allow. Some colleges do not allow any additional materials. If a college accepts new rec letters, updated resume, and/or a new essay, then submit them! You need every edge possible since the number of students accepted off of waitlists is usually very small. 2. Next, review the colleges where you received acceptances. Where possible, make visits to your top choices. You will see these colleges with a new perspective. Review your notes from previous visits or conversations with the admissions reps. Double check the majors and be sure the back up colleges have the academic programs you are seeking. Are there social, community service, and/or athletic activities that impact your choice? Once you have matched your criteria with your options, rank the backups. 3. Identify the college that you are willing to attend, if you aren't accepted to your waitlisted school. Make the necessary deposits (admission & housing) and send back notification of your acceptance. 4. If, for some reason, you don't have any backups, run-don't walk to your guidance counselor. Talk with your counselor about other college options where the application deadlines have not passed. Colleges post 'space available' through NACAC.