What to do when waitlisted

Admissions decisions have been released and many of you will find themselves being waitlisted by a few universities. If this is the case, remain calm and take a look at the steps you should follow once the waitlist decision arrives.

  • The first step when you find that you’ve been waitlisted should be to write a letter of continued interest/ waitlist letter as long as the university states that they do not accept such letters.
  • Address your letter to the admissions officer assigned to you, or the Director of Admissions. In most cases, you’ll be writing to the person who sent you the waitlist letter of the appropriate director of admissions.
  • Restate your interest in attending the particular college, and give a couple of specific reasons why you want to attend. Is there a program that excites you? Did you visit the campus and feel the college was a good match? Does the college aligns with your professional and personal goals in a specific way? Write SOMETHING YOU HAVE NOT MENTIONED IN THE WHY ESSAY. Explain what makes the school/college/university you were applying to is a great match for you and declare that you will go if accepted (even if you will not). Connect this institution’s classes, programs, professors to your interests and goals; this will make your motivation look more specific.
  • If the college is your first choice school, write about it to the admissions committee.
  • Let the college know if you have new and significant information to add to your application. Since you originally applied, did you get new and better SAT/ACT scores? Did you win any meaningful awards or honors? Has your GPA gone up? Have you completed more online courses? You completed a project and there is a link for it? Share it! Did you do another internship? Did you receive transcripts of your progress at school? Received higher test scores, an improved GPA, or any awards/extracurricular achievements that could change the status of your application? It should be something important and useful. Writing about unique or at least significant experiences will increase your chances of being admitted. Don’t include trivial information, but don’t hesitate to highlight new accomplishments.
  • Thank the admissions officer for taking the time to review your application materials.
  • Make sure you include current contact information so that the college can reach you, like your application number or ID.


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