Making sense of the waitlist

Much of our attention around this time of year is focused on admitted candidates. Some time still remains until enrollment decisions are due from these folks, and there are naturally a lot of questions involved as people make their plans. There’s another group of active candidates out there too, though, and it’s important to pay them some blog attention. Waitlisted candidates, this post is for you.

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The deal with the waitlist

Recently I made a relatively brief mention of the waitlist in discussing all the types of admissions decisions our applicants receive. The waitlist tends to generate a lot of questions, and I figured it would be worthwhile to dig into it a bit more. The unavoidable truth is that the waitlist involves waiting, and waiting means uncertainty. So, while I’ll do my best to answer some of the most common waitlist questions, prepare yourself for the fact that many answers come down to some version of a non-committal “maybe” or “it depends.”

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