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Archived Waitlist Outcomes for Top Colleges

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 links have the most recent waitlist statistics for:

Top Private Universities

Top Liberal Arts Colleges

Top Public Universities

The following table shows archived waitlist outcomes from 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
         
  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
           
  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
           
  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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