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Waitlisted from UNC -- what does this mean?

SmugnessSmugness - Posts: 100 Junior Member
I was actually pretty surprised when I got waitlisted by UNC Chapel Hill (I'm OOS) because I have a 3.3 UW GPA (although I have a 1540/2290 SAT and two 790+ on SAT IIs). I was totally expecting to get rejected because UNC is supposed to be huge on GPA. Does my waitlist mean that I was considered competitive for UNC? Just wondering because I'm super nervous about my chances for the rest of my schools after getting rejected from UVA and UCLA.
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Replies to: Waitlisted from UNC -- what does this mean?

  • SmugnessSmugness - Posts: 100 Junior Member
  • zephyr15zephyr15 Registered User Posts: 2,298 Senior Member
    I think it means that UNC felt that you met their admissions standards.

    Honestly -- SAT/SATII is obviously fine, but the GPA seems a bit low for UNC-CH (as well as UVA and UCLA).

    Where else have you applied.
  • glassesarechicglassesarechic Registered User Posts: 5,487 Senior Member
    A waitlist is rarely positive. If you call the admissions office and ask them why you weren't accepted, they might be able to give you a straight answer. (My friend last year was told, after a deferral and waitlist, that her scores just weren't up to snuff. Turns out her new SAT score never made it to UNC. While the new scores weren't stellar for UNC, the mixup--combined with an onslaught of support from our administration and her recommenders--got her in.) See if you can't get your people to stand behind you and push you over the edge.
  • SmugnessSmugness - Posts: 100 Junior Member
    Thanks for the replies.

    @zephyr15: Yeah I'm glad that my GPA wasn't bad enough to make me an auto-reject. I'm also applying to NYU Stern, Michigan (deferred), Carnegie Mellon, Cornell (no chance), Duke (no chance), Georgetown, Vanderbilt, and Berkeley. I'm really not expecting to get into any of them.

    @glasses: Thanks for the tip, I'll try giving them a call.
  • ALparentALparent Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    If it makes you feel better, my daughter got waitlisted to UNC. She was valedictorian in a large 6A school. 4.0 GPA, Over 300 hours of service, great work experience. math team, debate team (TOC qualifier), FBLA national qualifier and president, letter in three different varsity sports, Played on state championship golf team for the school, played on state championship soccer team, Took all AP courses junior and senior year. Who knows what they are looking for? Got into Duke and Vanderbilt, but waitlisted by what she thought might be her safety school. Go figure.
  • absweetmarieabsweetmarie Registered User Posts: 1,905 Senior Member
    None of the schools you mentions is a safety. Do you have a safety?
  • SmugnessSmugness - Posts: 100 Junior Member
    Yeah, I've already been accepted to my safety (Rutgers)
  • SmugnessSmugness - Posts: 100 Junior Member
    Anyone else have opinions to share?
  • absweetmarieabsweetmarie Registered User Posts: 1,905 Senior Member
    So, look, being wait-listed rather than flat out rejected means you had something to recommend you. So now you do your research and figure out whether it makes sense to stay on the wait list. What else could anyone say?
  • cortana431cortana431 - Posts: 5,015 Senior Member
    @ALparent what are your daughters test scores? You neglected to put that
  • NJMom23NJMom23 Registered User Posts: 127 Junior Member
    Smugness my daughter is a junior at Rutgers (New Brunswick) and absolutely loves it there. Honestly you could not find a happier student. There are so many wonderful opportunities for you to take advantage. My son was accepted to UNC a few months ago and decided to turn it down for another school. After considering it, he came up with several reasons for not choosing UNC including the fact that he didn't want to go to a school that the vast majority of the students were form NC. I know that UNC is a marvelous university, but if you end up at Rutgers you just might find that it is a terrific fit for you. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.
  • hornethornet Registered User Posts: 660 Member
    What was your weighted GPA? D got into UNC four years ago (instate) with a 3.4/4.5. The weighting from the APs set off the low unweighted GPA. She was also 67 in a class of 460 but had an SAT like yours, National merit recognition, good AP scores, impressive music, sports and the usual community service. The GPA is important but they look at more than numbers.

    D chose not to go to UNC, she wanted to go to an LAC with a more diverse population with more students from all over the country. She would have been fine though at UNC.

    Students do get off the waitlist. Two of D's classmates got in during May.
  • elle232elle232 Registered User Posts: 110 Junior Member
    ALparent, we are in shock here as well. S is a NMF, 8 APs (all tested at 5) tons of EC's great letters of recommendation...and in state....absolutely bewildering...someone earlier suggested kids like yours and mine were waitlisted as it was clear they applied to carolina as a safety. Really kinda made my jaw hit the ground, tons of kids with lower gpa, sat admitted...
  • sp8675sp8675 Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    Smugness, I am in a somewhat similar situation to you!

    I have also been waitlisted from OOS and I have a 3.4 unweighted GPA. My SAT's are lower, 1300/2020, but I am a third generation legacy so that definitely gave me pull. I honestly thought I would be rejected despite my legacy, because I know others with legacy but OOS who have been denied admission.

    I got rejected at UVA as well, but I am also a legacy there and live in VA. Go figure.

    Your SAT's definitely helped, but you most likely had some personal pull. I think that essays, teacher recs, and the amount of volunteer work I have done played a very large role in my admissions decision, in addition to my legacy status. If you have any of these, or if there is something very unique about you, that trait can play a large role in UNC's application process.

    UNC definitely puts more emphasis on the holistic application than UNC, and they really emphazise that both in their literature and when you visit. UVA is the complete opposite; they care more about their stats than anything because they try to put themselves on the same level as Ivy League schools. They do consider essays and recs, but mainly to distinguish between applicants with similar numbers.

    Not sure what are chances are but best of luck to you!
  • jessimo093jessimo093 Registered User Posts: 422 Member
    @elle and @ALparent, I would suggest that if your children really want to attend UNC that they send in a letter or email saying that they intend on attending if they are accepted off the waitlist. I do not know quite how much good it could do, but if they were waitlisted because they were overqualified, it might make a difference.
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