RSS   Follow us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter
College Search | Financial Aid | My Favorites | About Us | Sponsors | College News


What to do when put on a waitlist

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

When you apply to a college you usually foresee only two reply options: Accepted or Rejected. However, there is a third scenario -  opening the envelope to find you've been placed on a waitlist for admission to your dream school. Unfortunately, this happens to thousands of students each year. If you find yourself in this situation, consider the following advice so you take the best course of action:

Tell the school you're interested
The first thing you must do after being placed on a waitlist is decide if you are interested in accepting the placement. Some students find that other colleges have made more attractive offers, while others are simply hesitant to drag out the admissions process. What you decide will depend on the acceptances you've received and how you feel about the college itself. Whatever your decision, make sure you send in your response in a timely manner.

Show your worth
Once you're on the waitlist, you should fully devote yourself to your schoolwork and send in your up-to-date grades. Submitting  these scores is the norm at most colleges, but a few students choose to go above and beyond by including additional materials. Something as simple as an extra letter explaining why you want to be accepted and what you would contribute to the school can make a major difference.

Colleges will have different requirements and requests of the students they place on waitlists. Some may accept follow-up grades or extra letters of recommendation, while others may not consider these additional materials. It is important to stick to the guidelines put forth by the college, only showing off your flair and gusto when appropriate.

Keep your options open
Although you may still be hoping for an acceptance letter to your dream school, that should not stop you from keeping your options open at other colleges. You'll need to line up other plans and send in a deposit to your next-choice school before the deadline, and you should also make sure to follow up on college financial aid offers.

If you do decide to hold out for acceptance off the waitlist, be aware that your chances of receiving financial aid are greatly reduced. Therefore, you will need to aggressively pursue outside sources of college aid. You might also consider pursuing a "gap year" activity such as study abroad, volunteering or working full-time. Any of these activities would allow you to enroll the following year with a good deal of real-world experience under your belt. - helping you find colleges and universities that offer the accredited programs that most interest you.

Share |

What to do when put on a waitlist
School Zip City/Metro area

Name or keyword
State or Province
School Type
View College fairs calendar


Pace University
Known for its exceptional academic experience and preparing students for careers, 1,200 students yearly participate in the University internship program, the largest in the NY metro area.

Mount Aloysius College
Our liberal arts core curriculum provides the necessary basis for leadership and the knowledge and skills for success in a wide range of professions.

Roger Williams University
Come for the 40+ majors, 20 varsity athletics teams and 60+ clubs and orgs, stay for the top-rated food and waterfront views.

Lesley University
Offering degrees that prepare students to become leaders in education, human services, the arts and environmental studies.

Niagara University
Niagara University emphasizes ethics, lifelong learning, and service to others to prepares for lives and careers that are both successful and fulfilling.

Polytechnic Institute of NYU
Polytechnic Institute of NYU is New York metropolitan's major educational resource in science and technology education and research.

University of Phoenix
U of P Online, a true innovator in distance education, allows students to earn their degrees and advance their careers - all online.

Copyright © 1995-2018 School Guide Publications. All rights reserved.

Website Design and Development by mediaSPA
Powered by mediaSPA