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Written by: kmurphy
Sunday, April 18, 2010 

No one ever hopes to find themselves in the position of being placed on a college admission waitlist. But it happens to a significant percentage of high school students each spring, especially in an economy where colleges are uncertain of who will actually deposit. With record breaking amounts of applicants everywhere, many colleges admitted fewer students and placed a greater percentage on their waitlist. Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire placed 1,740 on this waitlist this year, which is 5% more than last year. Duke University placed 3,382 applicants on the waitlist which represents a 34% gain. This number is roughly double what the university can accommodate in their freshman class.

Although most universities do not need to go to their waitlist in order to complete their class, there are a few things that you can do to express your continued interest, especially if the college is your first choice and you will go if admitted.

  1. It may seem like an obvious thing, but do send in the reply card indicating that you wish to be kept on the waitlist.
  2. Do let the college know that you are very committed to them, and show them via a brief well-written letter how you are committed to becoming a member of their community.
  3. If you have any new information to report, or even brag about, be sure to let the admission office know. You may have earned your black belt or gotten the lead in the school play since applying in January, so it never hurts to add this information to your file.
  4. Do not bug the admission office. Do not send gifts. Do not have your parents call on your behalf. Do not grovel.
  5. Finally, don't place your life on hold waiting to get a decision. Move on with your life and enroll at your next favorite school. You might be surprised to learn that you love that one too.



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