Waitlist: Woes or wows?

11 Jan

My daughter and son-in-law both graduated from Biola University in LaMirada, California.

My daughter and son-in-law both graduated from Biola University in LaMirada, California.

Students may now start to get admissions acceptances or rejections from their more exclusive schools on their college list. Kudos to you if the first word is “Congratulations!” Sympathies to you if the letter starts out, “There were an exceptional number of qualified applicants this year….”

However, some of you may find that you are waitlisted for a college. That may seem like a rejection, but it’s not. The college has determined that you are qualified, but there were more qualified applicants than it could accept. As students do their Intent to Register by May 1, you could find a slot opens for you.

What you should do in the meantime:

  • Decide your Plan B: Choose another school and do your Intent to Register for that school by May 1. Yes, you can get out of this; you might even get back your deposit. Housing at the waitlisted school could prove to be a challenge if housing is limited–but this usually works out, too.
  • Submit additional support that could sway a decision in your favor:
    • A letter indicating why that waitlisted school is your No. 1 choice–what leadership qualities you will bring.
    • Submit others’ letters of recommendation in your behalf (always make sure these are STRONG–full-length letters with detailed support)
    • Submit additional essays if you are given the opportunity.
  • Study diligently and stay involved in your activities.
  • Request a personal interview. Be respectful and friendly as you make personal contacts–admissions personnel are very busy.

Do not have your parents call the admissions office. Be proactive in your own behalf.

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