The last batch of responses from admitted applicants was due yesterday, and it looks like nearly everyone has been heard from. We’ll double-check with anyone who hasn’t responded, just to be sure there wasn’t a communications glitch, but it looks like the response phase of the admissions process is pretty much complete. Also due yesterday were the responses to our offers of a spot on the waitlist, and I’m sure that those who have chosen to wait would like an update.
I can remember one year (more than one?) when we were nervous about enrollment and admitted a few people from the waitlist before May 1. If you’re waiting in 2011, you’ll be happy to know that we have not yet turned to the waitlist at all. Our next steps are to look at the enrolling class in detail, figure out where our scholarship budget stands, and start re-reviewing waitlisted applications. If we discover that we don’t have all the students we need, we’ll make some new offers of admission as quickly as possible. We never drag the process out more than necessary, but I should warn you that we’ll maintain a short waitlist into the summer. (Even students who tell us they’re enrolling sometimes change their plans in June/July/August to take advantage of a career opportunity.) Of course, you always have the option of declining to wait.
A related sidenote: Our waitlist is not ranked, which is hard for some waitlistees to get their mind around. Our colleagues at Tufts undergraduate admissions have put better words to the concept, writing that the waitlist, despite its name, is a pool of applicants, not a list. When we look at the files of waitlisted applicants, we’re doing exactly what we did between January and March — trying to make the best match between prospective students and Fletcher — though this time with a much more limited “pool.”
If you have remained on the waitlist to be considered for a place in September’s entering class, you’re still invited to update your application or send a letter of continued interest (nothing fancy — an email will do). We’ll be communicating through the next couple of months, but you should feel free to contact us if you have questions about the waitlist or where the process stands.