For waitlisted students, it can be hard to judge just how much of a chance they have of getting in
Not getting into your top-choice or “dream” school can be a big disappointment, but it can narrow the pool and allow you to focus on the other great schools where you were admitted. For those students who are waitlisted, however, a sense of uncertainty can come into play, especially with May 1 enrollment deadlines right around the corner.
While the IvyWise counselors frequently give advice on what to do if you’ve been waitlisted, very few people have context as to what the average admit rate for waitlisted students really is. In a 2012 NACAC report, it was found that between 2007 and 2010, colleges with waitlists admitted fewer than 1/3 of waitlisted students. At selective colleges where admit rates are already below 20%, the admission rate for waitlisted students is even lower.
Here is a list of colleges and universities and their waitlist admit rates from 2012:
Amherst College – 5.6%
Carnegie Mellon – 2.6%
Cornell – 4.5%
Dartmouth – 4.7%
Princeton – 0%
Stanford – 0%
University of California – Berkeley – 66.5%
University of Michigan – less than 1%
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – 6.5%
University of Pennsylvania – 4.3%
University of Virginia – 6.5%
Vanderbilt – 4.5%
Wesleyan – 2.1%
Williams College – 1.6%
If you’ve been waitlisted, it’s important to consider your options. If the school where you were waitlisted is still your top-choice, there are a few steps you can take to improve your chances of getting off the list and into the Class of 2017. Remember, a waitlist or a rejection is not the end of the world; there are plenty of best-fit schools where you can be successful and thrive! And don't forget, the IvyWise team of expert counselors are here if you decide you need a little more help deciding how to handle your waitlist status.