The following inpart from the EBS Secondary School Counselor site:
Are You on a Wait List?
Every secondary school and college, for that matter, has a different approach
to the wait list. Admission officers have to juggle quite a few numbers to
predict who will actually enroll. If too many accepted students enroll, there
will not be enough space in the dorms. If, on the other hand, not enough
accepted students enroll, the school will fall short of budget.
In its most simple terms, the wait list provides a cushion for the admissions
office if not enough of the accepted students actually enroll. The most
important point to remember about wait lists is this: The wait list exists to
help the school, not to help you.
Some Points to Consider:
- You must inform a school if you wish to remain on a wait list. Do not
assume a school is going to keep you on the wait list.
- Very few schools will go to a wait list to finalize enrollment.
- Most schools do not rank wait list students. There is not a first or last
wait list candidate.
- Admission offices may take a student off a wait list as late as August.
- If a school accepted 100 students, and you are on a wait list, chances are
you are number 101 in the eyes of the admission office.
- The earliest a wait list candidate will be moved off a waitlist is the week
of April 2, but chances are not until the week of April 9, if it happens at
In conclusion, do not count on being accepted off of a wait list. Look at
the schools that accepted you and appreciate the fact that those schools saw
something in you that the schools that wait listed you did not. You can choose
to hang around on a wait list or get excited about the schools that want you.