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Waitlisted from UNC -- what does this mean?

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Replies to: Waitlisted from UNC -- what does this mean?

  • keepittoyourselfkeepittoyourself Registered User Posts: 1,546 Senior Member
    I can't even remember what percentage of students are ranked 1st or 2nd in their class (12%, I think).

    I wonder why they don't report what % of students were top of their class?
  • tarheel14tarheel14 Registered User Posts: 35 Junior Member
    NeedAVacation got it right. UNC places more value on passion and experiences than scores. It is evident by the type of students that do end up coming here- everyone seems to have a 'place' and a strong passion for something. Whether it be service, traveling, or politics, students here really all have a dedication to their 'craft', so to speak, and their level of involvement goes beyond 'casual member'. Obviously not every single person is like that, but the admissions committee tries hard to find those kids that will stick to something and go far with it (granted, of course, that they also have the academics and other 'fitting' factors).

    Honestly, I think a laundry list of activities in High School hurt students more than helps them unless they have a shining spot on their resume-- state-wide recognition for a service/sport/etc, or started their own organization with merits. Without that, their application really just reads more like 'did a bunch of things, but didn't really shine'. Leadership position or captain is not 'shining'. You can rest assured nearly everyone else applying to the school was the president of something as well as treasurer of this other and captain of this thing. It's harsh, but true. Nearly everyone here was top of the class, played a varsity sport (or did band), and was involved in who knows how many organizations. Those are hardly special qualities.

    However, prod a little deeper and you find they volunteered in a hospital in Africa for a month in the summer, or got their school district to implement a recycling policy by starting an environmental organization. That type of stuff is what really stands out. So I would recommend that you identify an area you're truly passionate about and find a way to show it. Everyone on the waitlist is probably strong enough academically, so what UNC now wants to know is what you can do for the school once you get here.

    Don't confuse this as saying you have have to be absolutely sure of what you want to do in the future, though. I'm not saying you will be chosen over another student because you KNOW you want to be a lawyer and they are undecided. Many people end up changing their minds once they get to college, anyway. It's okay to not know. However, it's not okay to be all over the place. What the university wants to see is that you have the drive to excel in those areas you're passionate about, or that at least you're committed to finding that something that inspires you. It may sound awfully simple if you feel you're already 'there' but perhaps the reason you were waitlisted as opposed to accepted was because you didn't communicate that well enough. Or it could be the complete opposite, you came off as a little too narrow minded. And even if you're not 'there', try! Doing something is better than nothing, and they will definitely notice you tried as opposed to just hung back and counted on luck to get off the wait list.
  • mathfan123mathfan123 Registered User Posts: 30 Junior Member
    Check out the common data sets. There's a lot of information in there including how many students were taken off the waitlist, the accepted student ranks, GPAs, scores, etc.

    Common Data Set - Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
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