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I’ve Been Waitlisted.  Now what?



Find out who your admissions rep is and send them an email

  • Don’t have sour grapes; be polite and positive.

  • It’s a way to remind your admissions officer that you exist and that "X" school really is your first choice.


Update your information

  • New and improved SAT or ACT scores.

  • Membership in a new extracurricular activity.

  • A new leadership position in a group or team.

  • A new honor or award.

  • An updated resume.


Send a New Letter of Recommendation

  • Is there someone who knows you well who can really promote you effectively? If so, an additional letter of recommendation might be a good idea. Ideally, this letter should shine a different spotlight on you than a letter they have previously received.


Send Supplemental Materials

  • You don't want to overwhelm the admissions office, but you should feel free to send in writing or other materials that will show the full breadth of what you can contribute to the campus community.


College Admissions in the News The stress of the college application process cuts both ways, both for students AND parents. Applying to college is supposed to be fun – but do constant questions about your child’s progress add more anxiety to the process? READ MORE. The decisions coming out of the California UC schools seem to mirror some of the admissions results that we are seeing at east coast private schools. Many private colleges are taking a large portion of their class from the Early Decision applicant pool (for instance, Washington and Lee University took 55% of their entire class this year from Early Decision applicants). Where does that leave those who apply regular decision? READ MORE. Although parents often ask me which SAT Subject Tests their kids should take, the truth of the matter is that so few colleges require SAT IIs. READ MORE. In so many of my conversations with college admissions counselors, the feedback that they pass along to me is, “Send us students who can communicate, collaborate, and write!” This article is written for graduate students, but the principles are true for high school students and undergraduates as well. READ MORE. I always say the worst thing a student can do during the summer is nothing at all. READ MORE.

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