Harvard ended up taking some 200 students from its waitlist, up from 50 the previous year.
Princeton and Boston College both doubled their number of waitlist offers; the University of Pennsylvania let in one-third more.
For instance, we usually need more girls, so we may use more of our admits off the waitlist for girls.
But when he offered her a spot off the waitlist, she turned him down.
Admissions officers realize the waitlist is a frustrating place to be.
And after May 1, colleges turn to the waitlist, a number most colleges keep top secret.
Schools hedged their bets by upping the number of applicants they put on the waitlist.
Your counselor should ask why you were put on the waitlist and what you can do to improve your chances.
I had a student send a hand-written letter every day she was on the waitlist.
“That's high use of the waitlist for us, and there have been plenty of years in which we admitted few or none,” says Broaddus.