Don’t just wait!
That’s my best piece of advice for any students who find themselves on the wait-list of a college that really interests them. Colleges rightfully assume that you’ve likely made other plans if you don’t communicate with them to let them know you’re still eager to attend.
You don’t need to do a lot, but if you do a little research, you’ll see that most colleges put hundreds – and sometimes thousands – of students on their wait-lists each year. Past year’s wait-list-to-accepted percentages are not reliably predictive, since colleges go to the wait-list only after they hear back from their accepted students.
What this means is that when the number of accepted students who say “yes” (the yield) is very high – say, 50-plus percent – if the college’s normal yield is only, say, 35 percent, then few if any students would be taken from the wait-list that year.
What should you do?