Still on a Wait List?

It’s July. And I know many of you are still on waiting lists. Those calls are coming in every day so don’t lose hope. But many schools will go to a wait list once Orientation has already started. It makes for some hectic changes, but no one will ever know you were a waitlist admit – you get the same degree and the same opportunities as everybody else.
For those of you still waiting, if you haven’t sent a letter expressing your continuing interest in the school then now is the time. If you can schedule a time to visit the school and meet an admissions officer, even better. The follow-up after that visit is crucial. I’ve also had clients offered a place in the class during a campus visit (Duke is one of those schools, btw).
Congratulations to T.M., one of my clients who was just pulled off the waitlist at UCLA this morning!

5 thoughts on “Still on a Wait List?

  1. Rebeccah on said:

    I’m on 2 wait lists. I visited both the schools (one right after being wait listed – April – and one 2 months before being wait listed – early March).

    I’ve kept a moderate amount of contact with an admissions officer at each school. I sent a thank you after wards – being grateful for their time, but also to remind them I visited.

    I’ve also sent a LOCI and an updated list of activities, research, and jobs as well as an additional letter of recommendation.

    Should I visit again? I feel like it might be pointless because they may remember me and I don’t want to over do it. I know there is a delicate balance. But I do want them to know I’m serious….

  2. I was waitlisted at 4 schools – Hofstra, NYL, Pace, and Albany. I have already heard from Hofstra and NYL which have dissolved their waitlist. I have yet to hear from Albany and Pace. I visited Albany and sent a thank you note to the dean, in which she responded as follows:

    Normally we wait for a couple of days to see if we have anyone who drops out, but this year we enrolled 255 so even if we lose 5 people during orientation, we won’t go to the waitlist. I am sorry and you will get a more formal written notice, but I wanted to let you know ASAP.

    I appreciate her honesty, but I don’t understand if this is considered a rejection or not. I have yet to visit Pace officially. I was supposed to come and interview, but there was a snow storm and my interviewer decided to make it a phone interview. I visited the school on a weekend and loved it. I also should note that each month I write a continued interest letter and have called recently to express my interest. Do you recommend that I visit the school by meeting with someone this week to show that I am still extremely interested or do you feel that it is a wasted effort. Do you feel that I should just hope for the best and figure this is all I can do? Any advice would be greatly appreciate.

    • Hi Erika,
      I believe you emailed me separately and I answered this question for you, but for the benefit of other readers I’ll share the advice here – show up on the first day of Orientation and be nice. The worst that happens is they turn you away.
      Good luck, and let me know what happens.

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