Early last week, I was sitting on the sidelines watching my daughter’s spirited lacrosse team strive to avoid losing every game of their “rebuilding” season. The conversation among devoted fans (i.e., the girls’ parents) turned to college admissions. One of the fans, worn out by the college application process her daughter had just completed, asked why schools build long wait lists when they may not admit anyone off them.
Fletcher relies on the wait list in the same way most schools do — as a safeguard against lower than predicted enrollment. We don’t intentionally under-admit the first time around, and figuring out when to turn to the wait list depends on the conclusion of several processes.
First, wait-listed applicants had until May 1 to let us know they wish to hold their place on the list. Now that everyone has been heard from, we have set aside the applications of those who want to wait. About half of the original list will keep waiting.
At the same time, we’re figuring out our enrollment results. The final response deadline for admitted applicants was also May 1.
Admitted students who were awarded scholarships had an earlier deadline, and the third simultaneous process is to figure out if there are any scholarship funds remaining.
Once we finish crunching all the numbers, if there are spaces left in the enrolling class, we’ll turn to the wait list. There’s one list for the MALD and MA programs, and separate lists for the MIB and LLM programs. Since the majority of our applicants have applied to the MALD, I want readers to know that we have not yet considered wait-listed MA/MALD applicants for admission. It’s always our goal to complete the process quickly, but we don’t always succeed in wrapping it up in May or early June. All I can say is that we do our best. (We know that none of the prospective students want the process dragged out either — an example of when our interests are in perfect harmony!)
If you have been thinking about sending a supplement to your application, don’t hold off any longer. I’ll try to post wait-list updates whenever there’s something useful to say.
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