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First -- figure out what is weak in the application. You have to razzle dazzle them so they forget to notice that. Focus on one academic or EC success and send documentation of it along.
If none of that brings ideas scour the catalogue and have her find a course that is uniquely [of the particular school] that interests her. Have her write a very polite but exciting letter about what studying that particular course would mean to her. Then email the professor of the course and explain her situation and ask him/her for any advise about what else she could provide the school with. (You want the professor to go over and recommend her admittance.)
Probably the single most helpful thing to us is a letter from the waitlisted student who truly wants to come to Colby, stating that if offered a place from the wait list, s/he will definitely accept the offer. We don't know whether we will be able to take any further students, nor do we know what our financial aid budget will look like when the time comes. But if we are able to accept any more students, of course we would like to offer those spots to the ones who really and truly want to come. If you had the opportunity to have an interview with a staff member, you could send such a letter directly to him or her. If not, you can go to our webpage listing the Admissions staff and figure out which of us oversees the territory where you go to school.
Other useful material would be a new set of grades which may have been released since your mid-year report, or new information that we may not have received: an honor or award, etc. Of course you are welcome to submit anything that you think would give us a more complete picture of you.
We hope to be able to offer a few additional places from our wait list, but at this point, it seems that it may be a smaller number than in previous years.