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...Here’s the catch: You need to do this RIGHT AWAY. Universities will be looking to fill their empty spots after National College Decision Day on May 1.
Being waitlisted is tough.
And I’m sorry to report that getting off of a waitlist is also tough. Sometimes very tough.
But it isn’t all doom-and-gloom. Some applicants do move from the waitlist to the admissions pile. If you’re hoping to be one of them, you can improve your chances by...
Following the directions
Many schools require an applicant to formally accept their position on the waitlist. You will want to do this.
Some schools ask that you update them with any new information about your grades or experience, while others explicitly tell you not to. Be sure you follow directions. Not doing so will likely you get you rejected.
Call the university
If it isn’t already reported in your waitlist email or the university website, it can help to find out your chances of being moved off a waitlist. By calling the school, you also show interest. Ask these questions:
Then you should email the person you spoke with a quick thank you, and you can reference them in the next step, the LOCI.
Write a letter of continued interest (LOCI)
Let’s start by addressing about who you should email. Universities get many letters from interested applicants, and if you want yours to really stand out, you should email your regional admissions counselor.
Sometimes finding your regional representative is easy, and sometimes it is difficult. Here’s what you do:
When it comes to writing the LOCI, the more personal, the better. I have two templates that you can look over, but they must be personalized.
Dear (regional admissions counselor),
Thank you for taking the time to review my application for the (year) school year and for offering me a place on the waitlist.
I am writing to reiterate my interest in University Name and to assure you that, should I be moved from the waitlist, I will immediately withdraw my other applications.
Aside from (one thing you love about the school), University Name perfectly aligns with my (academic / personal) interests. Specifically, I am interested in (course / professor’s work / program / club / campus tradition) because (why).
In addition to (above mentioned factor(s)), I am confident that I will bring a unique perspective to University Name. Due to my (relevant background / experiences / interests), I will bring (something no one else has) to the school community.
I also want to take this opportunity to update my application. Since my submission in (month), I have (completed a research project / earned perfect fall semester grades / started volunteering in my community / accepted an internship / started working part time / won an award / raised X for my club / something NEW and INTERESTING about you). (Why is this important and interesting?)
University Name remains my top choice. The (major) program aligns perfectly with my (career) goals, and I can see myself fitting in on campus because (why).
From the campus tour I took in the fall, to the alumni interview I had with (name), to my most recent conversation with (name) in the admissions office, every interaction I have had with University Name has been enjoyable, and I look forward to continuing these positive experiences should I be offered a position off of the waitlist.
Thank you very much for your time.
Dear (regional admissions counselor),
Last week I (talked with a current student / interviewed with an alum / found a new program that interests me / discovered a new campus tradition / something NEW that excites you about the school). I was impressed with (why). Now I love University Name even more.
Although I have been waitlisted, I am excited to have the opportunity to prove University Name is my first choice and that I would be a good contribution to its (descriptor) campus. As my favorite university, I will immediately withdraw my other applications if I am accepted from the waitlist.
Since submitting my application in (month), I have (completed a research project / earned perfect fall semester grades / started volunteering in my community / accepted an internship / started working part time / won an award / raised $X for my club / something NEW and INTERESTING about you). (Why is this important and interesting?)
Thank you very much for your time. I am excited to have the chance to attend University Name, and I wish you a restful summer.
In all honesty, getting off of a waitlist is hard. But if you don’t at least try to improve your chances by contacting the admissions office and sending in a LOCI, you will never gain admission.
But here’s the catch: You need to do this RIGHT AWAY. Universities will be looking to fill their empty spots after National College Decision Day on May 1.
Don’t give up!
If you want help contacting your representative or writing your letter of interest, send me an email at [email protected]
Best of luck, applicants!