Princeton and Boston College both doubled their number of waitlist offers; the University of Pennsylvania let in one-third more.
But when he offered her a spot off the waitlist, she turned him down.
I had a student send a hand-written letter every day she was on the waitlist.
And after May 1, colleges turn to the waitlist, a number most colleges keep top secret.
Harvard ended up taking some 200 students from its waitlist, up from 50 the previous year.
The school enrolled 192 students off the waitlist last year.
Your counselor should ask why you were put on the waitlist and what you can do to improve your chances.
“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.
Schools hedged their bets by upping the number of applicants they put on the waitlist.
For instance, we usually need more girls, so we may use more of our admits off the waitlist for girls.