For the second consecutive year, we have been able to admit students from our waitlist. This morning, we emailed (and will follow up via snail mail) 20 students, informing them that they have been admitted from the waitlist. Financial aid will follow up shortly with aid packages. Students can then choose to accept our offer (it is an understood part of admissions that some people will shuffle around during the waitlist period; you will lose your deposit at the other school, but it is a standard practice to consider accepting a waitlist offer) or decline it.
The waitlist committee worked hard over the course of several days to determine how many students we could take at this time, and which students to admit. I sat in for a day before leaving for Albuquerque and I can tell you that it was extremely difficult. In the end, we were very happy to be able to admit these students from the waitlist — in an email to the office, Stu wrote, “These are some great students!”
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 about 500 people, and many 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, we wish you only the best. We’ll see how the future unfolds.