I’m Waitlisted At A College: How Do I Get In?

A friend told me that her daughter was waitlisted at the college she really wanted to go to. What should her daughter do? Remember that getting onto a waitlist means that the school is seriously considering you and if there is an opening – someone who got in, decides not to go – you will be seriously considered. The important date is May 1, when students have to give deposits.

Unfortunately, it is very hard to predict how many students will be accepted from the waitlist every year. However, you can remain on more than one college’s waitlist. If are on a waitlist, accept another school’s offer and send the required deposit by May 1st. If you get into your waitlist college and want to attend, withdraw from the school you originally accepted and accept the waitlisted college’s offer. Here’s some other tips:
1. Be sure to keep your senior grades up.
2. Update your application through a letter or e-mail, discussing recent achievements and your continued interest in the college.
3. Write a new essay,
4. Get a new letter of recommendation from one of your senior teachers.
5. Plan a return visit to the campus and express your interest, again.

24 thoughts on “I’m Waitlisted At A College: How Do I Get In?

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    • I don’t undtrseand why people are paying 45,000 a year to go to college That seems so absurd to me. Get accepted into a state school, around 10k a year for tuition, and work hard in high school to get local scholarships to pay the difference. It can be done, debt-free, and without parental assistance. The key is working hard and I’m at my state’s law school now paying 4k a year with scholarship, when the average law school costs 40k in tuition. My undergraduate education was entirely free at a top25 public school. Good grades buy your debt And your future job, and that’s the truth.

    • John, you neiald it. College degrees, unfortunately, are looked at like the norm so it’s similar to having just a high school diploma this day and age. However, we spend so much money on attending college, you would think a little more worth would be involved in the post-grad outcome. The whole cycle is hurting nearly everyone I know, and I have found that it repeats as follows:Go to college in hopes of making something out of yourself > Graduate and find out that it’s harder than expected > Pursue anything and everything in hopes of paying back student debt > Attend graduate schools which means adding more money to the pile > And then the cycle repeats of not being able to find a job, except more debt and more education left for nothing. I think this is an emotional topic because nearly everyone I know is dealing with it in some way shape or form.

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