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Ivy League Waitlists – What you Need to Know – Part 2

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IMG 8360 In part one of this blog series, I outlined the fact of the waitlist at Ivy League schools. Today I want to share several quick thoughts on acts that can help or hurt your odds of going from waitlist to admit.

Hoping to take some action to back up your application? Try these things:

  • Write a letter to reiterate your excitement about nevertheless being in the running, updating your own admissions officer on any accomplishments (including grades, honors, awards, management roles, etc . ) since you posted your application and confirming your wish to attend if you are ultimately admitted. Send it now, before May 1 .
  • Consider having your assistance counselor place a call to the admissions office on your behalf. He or she may be able to get more details about your status, including whether or not the waitlist offer was simply a politeness.
  • Continue to investigate your own other options and discuss the reality associated with accepting an offer of admission in June, July or even August. Decide how late is too late to suit your needs.
  • Prepare for the call from the university admissions office.
  • Down payment at another institution and get excited. They want you—who cares about the Ivy that didn’t?

Want to ruin any chance of which makes it into the class? Try these following steps (all of which have actually been tested by others):

  • Call and complain about being placed on the waitlist. Admissions officers love that.
  • Have your parents call and grumble about the waitlist decision. Admissions officers love that even more.
  • Crash an accepted student day upon campus.
  • Show up at the admissions office to plead your own case in person.
  • Lay about who you are to get the admissions officer to come out and talk to you in-person.
  • Walk around campus having a sandwich board lobbying for admission.
  • Besiege the admissions office with phone calls, letters, presents, and baked goods.



At the Heaton is a member of College Coach’s team associated with university admissions experts . Before coming to College Coach, Beth worked as a senior admissions officer at University of Pennsylvania and an alumni admissions ambassador at Cornell College.

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