Hello, I was recently waitlisted for Caltech which was honestly a very happy moment for me. I thought I was an instant rejection seeing other people haha. I’m trying to be optimistic and I’m writing a 1 page-long LOCI discussing any new updates as well as reaffirming that it is my #1 choice and that I’d attend in a heartbeat.
What are the chances that I’ll get off the waitlist? The document they sent me told me that in the past years 0-40 students have been accepted. Is there recorded data about this? Does anyone know how many students were accepted out of the waitlist and how large it was? What is the trend?
Is it because of people less willing to travel far to the school? I live within driving distance to Caltech so would that bump my chances up even more? I know location is probably part of the bottom of the list in terms of who they accept, but I’m just curious since this year is monumentally different.
Do you think that this year the waitlist acceptance rate would increase significantly? I live within driving distance to Caltech, and I have visited the campus a couple of times. Do you think my location would place me at an advantage for this year?
Waitlist activity will depend on how many admitted students commit. No one here knows whether living close to CalTech will place you higher on the waitlist.
I don’t know whether CalTech is need blind or need aware when going to the waitlist, but many schools are need aware (even those who are need blind for normal rounds) which advantages waitlisted students who are full pay, or with relatively low financial need.
Looking at the common data set, they usually take around 5-8 people a year but they had one year where they took out like 46 people. Still have no idea, since the only sign of waitlist activity is that Reddit post, but no one has verified anything and Caltech’s office is pretty dead.
This was just the day before the final deadline of May 1. If some students waited until the last day to commit, Caltech could easily exceed it enrollment goal of 230-235 students each year based on recent enrollment data.
Assuming that Reddit post about the girl getting off the waitlist was true, I’m guessing that they didn’t hit their maximum occupancy on May 1. Does Caltech release their waitlist decisions in waves or do they announce everyone they’re considering in a single day? I know there aren’t many people who are in that boat, but there has to be some record right?