Yesterday, we heard from a college parent about how her family got through the limbo of a college waitlist, but in today’s post on the College Coach Insider blog, we hear from College Coach’s admissions experts—all former college admissions officers—about waitlists from a college’s perspective. Head over to the College Coach blog at blog.getintocollege.com for advice on how to figure out your chances of being accepted off of a college’s waitlist and what you should do in the meantime.
The Admission Office’s Perspective
First, the use of a waitlist at any given school can vary dramatically from year to year. A school might take 100 students from the waitlist one year and zero students the next. In general, more selective schools are less likely to use their waitlists because they will have a high percentage of admitted students who accept their offers of admission. They’re therefore much less likely to suffer from a shortage. For all schools, how they use the waitlist depends on the number of students who accept their offer of admission, and that’s not a question they’ll have answered until very close to or after May 1.