What is the best way to handle getting waitlisted or deferred?

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What is the best way to handle getting waitlisted or deferred?

Rebecca Joseph
Executive Director & Founder getmetocollege.org

What is the best way to handle getting waitlisted or deferred?

Be realistic. The odds of getting accepted from a waitlist or deferral are not high for most colleges. So please, please fall in love with a a college that accepted you. You will have so many great choices. If you do really want to try to get into the waitlisted or deferred college, you can follow my tips---update college of your interest, ask a senior year teacher to send in a letter of recommendation, ask your counselor to call, go visit the campus again, and send in any great paper or project you completed. If you do these things, then you can never regret if you do or don't ultimately get accepted. Every student I know finds happiness at a college that really wants him or her.

Pam Ohriner

What is the best way to handle getting waitlisted or deferred?

Showing continued interest in the school is crucial if you are hoping to be admitted from the waitlist or if you have been deferred. If visiting the campus, remember to sign in with the Admissions Office. Write a letter to the Admissions Office or the Admissions Counselor you have been assigned to expressing your excitement of being waitlisted or deferred and your continued interest in the school. If it is your number choice, make sure to state that if accepted you will definitely attend. Placing a call to the Admissions Office is also acceptable. However, you don't want to be a pest. In the letter you should state your updated academic and extracurricular information including any new test scores. Remember to say why that college is a good fit for you. If you have updated official records, you can include them. Sending in one additional recommendation from a senior class teacher would be acceptable. It is best to keep the letter to one page. I would continue to make contact about once a month stating your continued interest in the college. Remember though, admittance from a waitlist or after being deferred is never guaranteed and so it is imperative to deposit at a school you have already been accepted at to guarantee that you have a spot in the freshman class.

Brittany Maschal
Founder/Director B. Maschal Educational Consulting

What is the best way to handle getting waitlisted or deferred?

Be proactive! Although it is common knowledge that not many people get in after being deferred or waitlisted, it is not impossible. First you should have your high school counselor call and see if they can get any info s to why this was the decision that was made. They should also advocate for you throughout this process, sending updated grades and other accolades or updates from teachers as applicable. They need to be making these calls! Students should also write an update letter - deferral or waitlist letter - this letter should provide any/all updates since the time you applied in terms of academic, extracurriculars, awards/honors, anything that will ADD to your file. If you can get to campus again to show your continued interest that is also a plus!