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[Video] Advice for Waitlisted Students

Elizabeth Heaton

Written by Elizabeth Heatonon February 17th, 2017

I began my admissions career at the University of Pennsylvania, where I chaired university selection committees, evaluated potential athletic recruits as one of the school's athletics liaisons, and oversaw the university's portfolio of admissions publications. I also served as second chair in the selection committee for the school's flagship interdisciplinary Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology. A frequent contributor to USA TODAY and The Huffington Post and a graduate of Cornell University, I bring exceptional skills to the craft of essay writing paired with experience reading and evaluating thousands of admissions essays. I can offer expert advice on a wide range of college admissions topics, from colleges' expectations for high school curriculum choices and standardized test scores to choosing the right extracurricular activities and essay topics. Prior to joining the University of Pennsylvania, I worked as a public relations professional and served for a decade as a member of the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network.
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Over the next couple of months, high school seniors will be receiving lots of college admissions decisions—some good news, some bad news, and some… waitlists?  It’s hard to know what to make of a waitlist decision.  Can a student increase her chances of moving her application from the waitlist into the admitted students’ pile?  Or should she just move on with her college decision—and her life—with the acceptances she has now?  If you or your child has been waitlisted and aren’t sure what your next move should be, check out this insight from former University of Pennsylvania admissions officer, Elizabeth Heaton, in this installment of College Coach’s Insider Tips. And don’t forget to subscribe to the College Coach YouTube Channel to keep up-to-date on all the latest college planning tips from our college admissions and finance experts. Contact-Us-CTA

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