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.