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Waitlisted at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, and CMU....

StonesnStonesn Registered User Posts: 605 Member
edited March 2012 in College Admissions
I got WAITLISTED to all these schools, but now I have a decision to make. Is there any chance I will get off the waitlist off on atleast ONE of the schools? Worst day ever/.
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Replies to: Waitlisted at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, and CMU....

  • entomomentomom Registered User Posts: 23,662 Senior Member
    Afraid no one can tell you that with any accuracy. You can look at the Common Data Sets for these schools to see their WL data.
  • StonesnStonesn Registered User Posts: 605 Member
    I am so effed.

    Does waitlisted mean that your were rejected in a lesser way?
  • LaggingLagging Registered User Posts: 1,162 Senior Member
    There are plenty of other good schools you could attend!

    Not many people get off the WL for those schools
  • StonesnStonesn Registered User Posts: 605 Member
    I'm really considering going to community college, since I can't really afford UC berkeley.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 62,840 Senior Member
    In another post, you mentioned getting into UCLA with Regents Scholarship and that you were doing engineering (which is not Harvard's strong subject). Is that affordable?

    But note that many students do go to community college and transfer to UC to complete their bachelor's degrees. Some enter PhD programs in the top schools for their majors after that.
  • rosiesteinbachrosiesteinbach Registered User Posts: 55 Junior Member
    You probably won't get in from the wait list unless you win a very impressive national or international award. My brother was waitlisted to Stanford and only got in when he won a $60,000 Elks scholarship D:
  • HazelCapriHazelCapri Registered User Posts: 173 Junior Member
    there's a chance but it's not very likely. one possibility is that you can attend uc berkeley for one year then transfer.
  • StonesnStonesn Registered User Posts: 605 Member

    Ya, I did get the UCLA regents, but I really don't want to go to UCLA.....
  • lynch112lynch112 Registered User Posts: 71 Junior Member
    My son is in a similar situation. He got waitlisted at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, and Duke. Doesn't the fact that Stonesn and he are on four waiting lists make the odds ok?
  • WaverlyWaverly Registered User Posts: 2,669 Senior Member
    The wait lists are huge, so no, the fact that they're on four doesn't make odds OK.
  • zephyr15zephyr15 Registered User Posts: 2,298 Senior Member
    Colleges use wait lists for many reasons. One of these -- it is almost impossible to predict exactly how many students will accept an offer of admissions. So, the wait list is used in case they've overestimated the number of acceptances they receive.

    Whether any school needs to go to its wait list at all, can therefore vary for year to year. However, there is always hope.
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