At approximately 4:30pm today, we did something we haven’t done in 4 years: we notified 30 students by email that they have been admitted from the waitlist.
Thanks to some good yield prediction this year, using the waitlist became a reality. We worked all day today as a subcommittee to determine how many students we could take at this time, and which students to admit. It was extremely difficult! I had thought we were done with tough decisions for the year, but there were at least a few more.
Will we use the waitlist again this year? It is too early to know. In a week or two, we’ll once again look at where we are, and determine whether we will use the waitlist again. Until then, I don’t know.
Also, we will begin notifying some students on the waitlist that we will not be able to offer them admission. We offered a spot on the waitlist to just under 400 people, and most of those people accepted a place on the waitlist. But it just isn’t ethical to keep that many people on the waitlist at this point, so within the next week many students will receive a letter informing them that they will not get off the waitlist, and wishing them the best of luck at the college they’ve chosen. We will keep some students on the waitlist for another few weeks until we are fully satisfied with the class.
For those of you who were admitted from the waitlist today, congratulations! Feel free to use the comments to introduce yourself to the rest of your class. And for those of you who didn’t receive good news today, remember Ben’s words from regular action. We’ll see how the future unfolds.