Admissions offices around the world are managing applicant waitlists these days and you too might get on one. What does it mean to you? How should you react to it? Here are the answers.
Let’s say you get an email like this one:
This year the Department of ANY SUBJECT received a record number of applicants for its Master of Science Program. The quality of applicants was exceptional. I am happy to inform you that the Graduate Admissions Committee of the Department was impressed by your background and qualifications and consider you suitable for admission to our MS program. At present you are among those students who are waitlisted for admission.
I am writing to see if you are still interested in being considered for admission to the MS in our department without financial aid. We understand you probably have other offers and/or may no longer be in a position to consider our program at this point in time. However, if you believe that UNIVERSITY NAME is still a good choice for your career goals, please let us know.
We look forward to hearing from you.
This kind of email is commonly used by admissions offices to manage the waitlist by letting students that are still interested in admission identify themselves. When students respond with interest in gaining admission, it signals to the committee that the student will likely enroll if given admission. Students that do not respond or respond that they are no longer interested will likely be denied admission.
The obvious thing to do here is respond positively that you still seek that school’s admission and are hoping for positive news. Schools don’t want to waste their time or your time chasing you if you are no longer interested or have chosen to attend another school.
Respond that you are still hopeful for admission and want to enroll at the university. Getting into one university may provide some leverage to you so another school can expedite their decisions or risk losing you.