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What does it mean to be wait-listed?


Monday, July 11, 2011
Once a college application is in the mail, all a student can do is wait for the school’s decision letter. While most applicants await a simple "yes" or "no," some might receive the news that they have been wait-listed. What does this mean?

While a letter stating that a student has been wait-listed is a road bump in the college admissions process, it certainly is better than being rejected. There are many reasons why applicants end up on a wait list. Even if they are a good students, chances are there was an overflow of more qualified applicants. If the accepted students decide to enroll elsewhere, wait-listed students may then receive an acceptance letter.

If you have been wait-listed at a particular school and still consider that school your first choice, CollegeAnswer.com, a college planning Web site, suggests that you contact the admissions office and tell them of your continued interest in attending the school.

While students eager to improve their chances of admission may want to send colleges updates on their grades or achievements, Jeannie Borin, an independent college counselor quoted in Time Magazine, states that wait-listed applicants should never send additional material to a school unless they have been granted permission to do so. ADNFCR-16000756-ID-800549289-ADNFCR

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