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DD just got waitlisted - what to do now?

JDCaliMomJDCaliMom Registered User Posts: 74 Junior Member
DD just heard she has been waitlisted at her 2nd choice school — a close 2nd, hasn’t heard from her top choice yet. Anything she can do now to up her chances of moving from waitlist to admitted? It’s Northeastern. Thanks!!
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Replies to: DD just got waitlisted - what to do now?

  • SybyllaSybylla Registered User Posts: 3,035 Senior Member
    Where did you find NEUs waitlist numbers Happy? Do they still offer NEUin/spring admit as a way of playing the numbers?
  • kiddiekiddie Registered User Posts: 3,340 Senior Member
    Yes, they offer NEU in spring and this year they seem to have other creative new things - NU bound for a year in China and offering admission to their new "branch" in London (for the full college career). With all these things going on, I don't see them pulling off the waitlist this year either.
  • HappyNJOOSHappyNJOOS Registered User Posts: 77 Junior Member
    Here I see the data I was reading where I believe they took zero people off the waitlist...

    https://www.northeastern.edu/admissions/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/FA18-RD-Waitlist-FAQ-Final.pdf
  • oldfortoldfort Registered User Posts: 22,719 Senior Member
    edited March 13
    My older daughter was WL at two top 20 schools back in 2007, so it has been a while (time flies). I was very active on what to do after WL for few years. She ultimately got off the WL for both of those schools. Both of those schools did not admit many students off their WLs the year before, but (I think) because they over admitted the year before they under admitted a year later (D1's year). So she lucked out, and maybe due to what her GC did and what we did.

    Just because Northeastern didn't take anyone off their WL last year, does not mean they won't this year. Some schools are very need aware during the WL cycle. If you are full pay then you would have a better chance, especially if you could tell the school that your kid would absolutely attend as a fully pay if admitted.
  • happy1happy1 Forum Champion Parents, Forum Champion Admissions Posts: 23,690 Forum Champion
    She can write a letter of continuing interest to say that she is still very interested in attending Northeastern. If she has had any notable accomplishments since the application was filed she can mention them in the letter. However, once she sends the letter in she should assume that Northeastern won't work out and once all the decisions are in she should choose from the colleges she has been admitted to and that are affordable. It appears that no students were taken from the waitlist at Northeastern in 2018. https://www.northeastern.edu/admissions/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/FA18-RD-Waitlist-FAQ-Final.pdf
  • FlaParentFlaParent Registered User Posts: 73 Junior Member
    Agree that it time to move on with DD. Being on a waitlist is emotionally draining.

    Then put her name on the waitlist but don’t tell her. If ... and it’s a big if ... she is offered a spot, let her make the decision.
  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 Registered User Posts: 2,495 Senior Member
    edited March 13
    I can tell you that that memo from Northeastern is not accurate. My kid got off waitlist from Northeastern last May. He applied RD. He even got an $18K in merit. He didn’t take it, he stayed at Berkeley. If you look at the Northeastern 2022 thread, you will see many people got off of waitlist.
  • happy1happy1 Forum Champion Parents, Forum Champion Admissions Posts: 23,690 Forum Champion
    edited March 14
    @ProfessorPlum168 Thanks for the correction. I apologize -- it looks like the letter I referenced in the post above was written in 2018 but referred to the prior year -- so I guess it was 2017 when no waitlist students were taken.

    However, I stand by my recommendation for the OP's D to write a letter of continued interest and then move on from Northeastern.
  • SybyllaSybylla Registered User Posts: 3,035 Senior Member
    edited March 14
    I personally don't believe that zero com off wait list at NEU because so many apply hoping for merit and now FA., AFAIKS OP is a nice stats kid but not a real merit candidate and full pay. I suspect a perfect candidate for wait list torture that wouldn't be wooed by NEUIN. Just do whatever is asked if it is a real contender.
  • JDCaliMomJDCaliMom Registered User Posts: 74 Junior Member
    Thanks, folks. She's in at four safeties that she would be okay (not thrilled but okay) with so she knows she's going *somewhere* for college next year. This is the first of the schools she actually loves that she's hearing back from.
  • eastcoast101eastcoast101 Registered User Posts: 431 Member
    I also know someone who got in off the waitlist last year. But I agree you should move on. Consider it a gift if you get happy news in the spring.
  • bopperbopper Forum Champion CWRU Posts: 12,813 Forum Champion
    Waitlist
    1) Assume you will attend one of the colleges you HAVE gotten into. Accept their offer of admission before May 1. Start reading all the info.
    2) For the WL school, tell them that you would like to remain on the waitlist. If you have won any awards or improved grades, send a Letter of Continuing Interest .
    3) If one of those WL schools is your top choice, let them know. Tell them that you would enroll if admitted. Colleges want to protect their "yield", so they want to admit WL students who will 100% attend.
    4) Sometimes you don’t get as much financial aid if admitted off the waitlist. Sometimes you do. Make sure you understand your family’s budget.
    5) Look on the Common Data Set in Section C2 to see if many students are admitted off the waitlist. If it is usually less than 10, don’t get your hopes up. If it is 400, then that is something else.
    6) If you are admitted, then they may ask you if you would enroll if admitted. If you said yes, then you would be admitted.
    7) After you put a deposit down on the WL school, Let the other school know you will not be attending. You may not get your deposit back.
    8) Sometimes schools start taking kids off the WL in late April...but often it is after May 1.
  • JDCaliMomJDCaliMom Registered User Posts: 74 Junior Member
    Folks, thank you for the information, especially your great guidance, Bopper! Okay so I looked at the common data set info on Northeastern's website and they have the waitlist numbers blank:-(
  • JDCaliMomJDCaliMom Registered User Posts: 74 Junior Member
    PS I found the threads by individual school "RD 2023" and will go there. Thank you!
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