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Waitlist Outcomes for Top Schools

So you've been waitlisted at one of your top choice schools. That's better than being dinged – but what are your chances of ultimately moving from the waitlist to class roster?

The following table shows waitlist outcomes from recent years for several Ivy League and other top schools:

 

School

Number of Waitlist Offers

Number of Waitlisted Applicants

Number Admitted from Waitlist

 
  Brown        
    Fall 2010 1,550 600 32  
    Fall 2005 1,735 987 99  
           
  Dartmouth        
    Fall 2010 1,891 1,047 86  
    Fall 2006 1,166 669 36  
    Fall 2005 1,200 700 16  
    Fall 2004 1,275 790 24  
    Fall 2003 1,296 840 54  
             
  Columbia        
    Fall 2010 N/A N/A N/A  
    Fall 2006 N/A N/A 6  
             
  Cornell (all Colleges)        
    Fall 2010 2,551 1,483 0  
    Fall 2006 2,713 1,746 18  
    Fall 2005 2,643 1,544 209  
    Fall 2004 2,411 1,988 171  
    Fall 2003 1,983 1,632 4  
             
  Harvard        
    Fall 2010 N/A N/A N/A  
    Fall 2007 N/A N/A ± 30  
             
  MIT        
    Fall 2010 723 573 65  
    Fall 2007 N/A N/A ± 20  
    Fall 2006 N/A 389 40  
    Fall 2005 469 401 0  
    Fall 2004 604 524 1  
    Fall 2003 491 427 0  
             
  Princeton        
    Fall 2010 1,451 1,002 164  
    Fall 2007 N/A N/A ± 30  
    Fall 2006 1,216 789 0  
    Fall 2005 1,207 794 0  
    Fall 2004 1,045 719 79  
    Fall 2003 471 298 27  
             
  Stanford        
    Fall 2010 1,078 784 13  
    Fall 2007 N/A N/A 0  
    Fall 2006 N/A N/A 15  
    Fall 2005 N/A N/A 15  
    Fall 2004 N/A N/A 13  
    Fall 2003 N/A N/A 56  
             
  Yale        
    Fall 2010 N/A N/A 98  
    Fall 2006 728 204 56  
    Fall 2005 N/A 1,094 0  
    Fall 2004 N/A 1,239 8  
    Fall 2003 N/A 814 0  

As you can see, waitlist outcomes vary from school to school and from year to year.

One of the main factors determining how many admissions offers a school ultimately extends to waitlisted applicants is its admissions yield, meaning the number of admitted students who accept their initial admissions offers. The higher a school's admissions yield, the lower the number of vacant class seats it has to offer to waitlisted applicants. In recent years, many schools have seen sizeable increases in their yield rates.

Some schools have responded to increased yields by issuing fewer acceptances and more waitlist offers, using the waitlist to gain more control over the number of students who ultimately enroll.

The one trend that remains constant for all schools is that only a small number of waitlisted applicants typically receive an admissions offer. To be competitive for one of the few seats that might become available for waitlistees at a top school, an applicant needs to proactively remind the school or his or her interest and availability.

To learn about how one of our consultants helped a waitlisted applicant achieve this, see our Case Study on "Getting Off the Waitlist."


Yes, we do have consultants with admissions committee experience from the Ivy League colleges! Call us at 1.800.809.0800 (+1 703.242.5885 outside the US and Canada) or email us to learn more about our qualifications and how we can provide you with a competitive advantage in your college applications!

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