<p>I can’t decide if this is an accomplishment in itself…or just the path to a slow rejection. There are lots of accepted students threads so…who was waitlisted?</p>

<p>Waitlisted...got my letter yesterday.</p>

<p>Depending on where else I get in, I may or may not keep my name on it. We'll see...</p>

<p>I was waitlisted, so were two other people from my school.</p>

<p>I thought this was interesting. Article in Wall Street Journal from last year
"College officials warn they may not take many students from their wait-lists this year. "We have not gone to the wait-list for two years, and we would like to," says Tom Parker, dean of admissions and financial aid at Amherst College. Wait-lists allow colleges to adjust their freshman class if there is a shortage of students with particular strengths and characteristics who plan to attend. Amherst currently has 1,450 students on its wait-list. Mr. Parker expects fewer than half to stay on it. Of those who do, Amherst hopes to accept 25 students."</p>

<p>Using last year's stats....
7,745 applied
1,144 accepted -> 14.8%
1,450 waitlisted -> 18.7%</p>

<p>Approx 600 stay on waitlist
Approx 25 accepted from waitlist -> 4.2%</p>

<p>In short, it is an achievement to be waitlisted, you were in the top third of applicants. However, getting off the waitlist is not easy.</p>

<p>wait listed as well..
still have to hear from other schools, but definitely staying on the wait list</p>

<p>this should be a crime because once you send your deposit for a safety/ lower school, it is gone, and if you get picked from the waitlist of your number one, thousands of dollars out the window...</p>

<p>How is it thousands of dollars out the window? Deposits are like around $350. I mean, it still sucks though....</p>

<p>I got waitlisted as well, but got accepted to Williams.
Go figure!</p>

<p>I think I will stay on the waitlist, just to keep my options open. I mean, I've made it this far (and didn't get outright rejected) so why not increase my chances of getting in?</p>

<p>^Congrats ChandlerBing! Both schools are equally selective so you should be very proud! Way to go!</p>

<p>Waitlisted! Here and at Middlebury.</p>

<p>Got the letter... but all I can see is Dear (insert kid's formal name), And then there is a postcard. So I am assuming it's a waitlist postcard? What do you think? Son won't be home until 7 at least unless he comes home before practice, but it's kinda a long drive from school to home back to the fields. </p>

<p>What do we think?</p>

<p>Modadunn: Can you reach your son via cell phone after school and open it over the phone with him? When my son's letter came (ED), the instructions he gave me were to call and open the letter with him on the phone (he was in school with a favorite teacher by his side, so I knew if it was a rejection he was with someone who cared). Luckily, it was an acceptance so that made it easy....but I gotta tell you my hands were shaking and I was nauseous as I opened that letter and read the first line to him. Then I started to cry...he just laughed at me!</p>

<p>Good luck! I hope it's all good.</p>

<p>Texted him.... told him "Amherst ltr came. It's an enigma. Are you stopping home after school?" He replied: "kind of doctor first" which I assume means he is going to the knee dr to get electrocuted (some sort of electostimulation therapy that always works wonders for any injury) and then stopping home. He did not say, open it or even ask. So I will definitely leave it for him... but.. </p>

<p>I also think there is a purple piece of paper in it. (The sun came out for a moment which works much better than a lamp -- and this is pathetic, I recognize it clearly. but my other option right now is laundry, so what would you be doing? :) )</p>

<p>Modadunn....I'd be agonizing. I feel for you. I know this feels as much like you are going through it as he is. Let us know how it goes.</p>

<p>Read through the accepted thread and am assuming son's letter is for waitlist... which is assuredly better than a rejection (kinda sorta) and more or less makes the decision for him. Plus it still leaves it a little open-ended in that he'll probably stay on the waitlist to either accept or reject later if he gets off of it.</p>

<p>But it clears up another question that had been bugging me. The coach not following up as he specifically said he would (which I thought was really bad form on his part, btw) makes it clear that S was not a recruited athlete. :)</p>

<p>Very sorry the package wasn't thick, Modadunn. Still, your son has wonderful acceptances, elsewhere. (Perhaps he will cross paths with my son, at one of those other schools. See my Visitor Message to you from a few days ago.) </p>

<p>In the meantime, time to go back and re-read that wonderful passage you copied/pasted into the Amherst "just rejected" thread (post #28). I printed it out for my son, as a reminder that neither success nor failure in this little crapshoot has any bearing on one's value as a person.</p>

<p>Best wishes.</p>

<p>Modadunn: Just wanted to say that the purple piece of paper is a list of FAQs about the Amherst waitlist.</p>

<p>Thanks AmbitiousMind, I'm very happy with the way Williams/Amherst turned out!</p>

<p>Getting waitlisted at Amherst is no small feat, it means you/your child was a standout. (And if you got into Williams, go to Williams! Yay for Williams promotion on the Amherst board ;))</p>

<p>HOPDad.. saw that and thank you for it. I did print out, but perhaps I had been saying it all along because he seemed pretty happy to be waitlisted and not outright rejected. ANd he will stay on the list. What is harder is how hard he will push to get off it. While Tufts decision is still outstanding and who knows how that decision will affect the mix, Amherst, Midd were #1 and #2 in often changing order and so, as he said, he feels pretty lucky to be in the position he is. He also was accepted to Trinity today, so it wasn't all bad news today!</p>

<p>Almost done... and looking forward to it!!!</p>

<p>CountryAngel: I figured it was something like that. And by the way.. Georgetown was another longwinded rejection. Sheesh.. just yank the band aid off. It's clear it's not good news when they dont say congratulations to start it off. :)</p>