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The Dos and Don'ts of Waitlist Admissions

The Dos and Don'ts of Waitlist Admissions

It's almost time to don the cap and gown and say goodbye to high school. While you're ending this chapter you are probably eagerly anticipating starting college—unless you were waitlisted at your choice school. In that case, you may still be waiting to hear from the admissions office.

Here are some tips that might help ease the coming weeks. You're a smart kid—get a backup plan! You applied to a safety school (right?) so go ahead and plan to attend—pick classes, get to know the campus, and get comfortable with the idea of your second—or tenth—choice. You may not think it is your favorite but it might just be a blessing in disguise.

Next, spread the love. Let the admissions office now that you are 100% sure that you will go to their school if they decide to accept you. Show them you have no doubts. Show your creative potential! Think of a unique way to get the university’s attention, such as rewriting the school’s anthem into an argument for your acceptance. If you need some ideas, we highly recommend this film. Classic.

On the other hand, don't be pushy. If you are told not to call, e-mail or ahem...stalk...let it go. Universities tend to be really busy and you don’t want to annoy them either. Behave like a grown-up. Don’t have mom and dad making all the phone calls. Universities want to hear from you! After all, you will be their student—not your parents.

Are you waitlisted? Tell us how you're handling it! [US News]

Posted: 5/12/08