Waitlisted at Your Colleges? Here’s What to Do!
some tips that can help if you have been waitlisted at your colleges AND are
still interested in attending those colleges:
Write a cover note to your college, and make sure you re-emphasize why
you are a good match and what you will do to be an asset to their community.
Keep it short but add detail where possible.
the admissions office via email and/or personal note and
express your interest in attending as colleges like to accept students they
know will attend.
should update the admissions office with any new achievements, activities or
honors. Do not repeat anything that was on your original application.
a copy of your most recent transcript.
If the college where you are waitlisted is your first choice, make sure you
See if you can arrange an interview
It’s okay to ask an admission officer what you can do to increase your chances
of gaining acceptance.
Make sure the
college keeps your name on the waitlist until the end of summer. If you decide
to attend another college, notify the waitlist college as it will open a spot
for another student.
learn who your regional representative is and contact them. Chances are,
they have already read your application and could be a potential advocate. It
is okay to contact your rep every few weeks to confirm your continued interest
in gaining acceptance. You may also notify them with any new activities or
have been waitlisted at more than one school, you can follow up on more than
one waitlist. After all, you may be interested in more than one college
initially checked that you needed financial aid, but now don’t, then let the
college know (or have parents call the financial aid office) that you are a
full pay student.
proactive and every month notify the college that you are still interested
in attending. This may be especially true after May 1st when first deposits are
due. Colleges need to know you have not decided to attend elsewhere
should review carefully the colleges where you have gained acceptance, as you should
get a deposit in by the May 1st deadline. If you do get off a waitlist,
you may lose the deposit made at another institution. It is important to have a
get in off the waitlist, you may want to revisit the college before making a