Class of 2020 Waitlist Admission Rates and Notification Dates

This month’s guest blog is from College Kickstart, an essential companion for savvy college planning that uses the latest admissions data, to make it easier to craft winning college plans that are well balanced, maximize odds and minimize wasted motion. This was originally posted March 31, 2016.

Posted in Class of 2020, Waitlist

UPDATE #1

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For those of you that have been waitlisted at one of your top choices, here’s a list of 2015-16 waitlist statistics for several popular private and public schools, along with notification dates and links for more detail if available.

Our sample of waitlist statistics from 160 private and public institutions paints the following picture:

  • On average, 17 percent of students accepting a place on a waitlist were admitted
  • 58 percent of the schools admitted 10 percent or less of the students accepting a place on the wait list last year
  • 41 percent of the schools admitted 5 percent or less
  • 12 percent admitted no one

There are several factors driving the low rates, including the size of the waitlist (often very large), and how well a school anticipates its admissions yield.

Click Continue Reading for the list.


Waitlist Admission Rates and Notification Dates (2015-16)

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Institution Waitlist Offered Waitlist Accepted Waitlist Admitted Admit Rate Notification Date Link
American 2,778 269 8 3% by 5/15 Link
Amherst 1,398 643 33 5% Link
Barnard 1,195 130 6 5% beginning 5/15 Link
Bates 1,535 671 11 2% typically early May – late June, no later than August 1 Link
Boston College 7,072 3,897 351 9% by 7/1 Link
Bowdoin by 7/31 Link
Cal Poly SLO 1,888 134 by 5/15 Link
Carleton 1,350 442 16 4%
Carnegie Mellon 5,526 2,835 4 0% by 6/1 (priority waitlist candidates first) Link
Claremont McKenna 919 453 75 17%
Colby 1,497 634 42 7%
Colgate 1,896 913 49 5% by 8/1 Link
College of William & Mary 3,552 1,676 187 11% status mid-June, decision by 8/1 Link
Colorado College 1,119 232 24 10% most by mid-May, some as late as June Link
Colorado School of Mines 1,654 236 6 3% by 5/21 Link
Connecticut College 1,306 637 61 10% Link
Cornell 3,583 2,231 81 4% Link
Dartmouth 1,852 963 129 13% mid-May to 7/1 Link
Emory (Emory) 3,809 1,910 45 2% by 6/1 Link
George Washington 3,827 1,354 62 5%
Georgetown 2,188 1,301 141 11%
Georgia Tech 3,397 2,031 38 2% by 6/1 Link
Hamilton 958 365 47 13%
Hampshire 128 47 5 11% early May Link
Harvey Mudd 534 354 11 3%
Haverford 883 354 12 3%
Johns Hopkins 2,752 1,747 187 11%
Kenyon 2,876 998 17 2% early May to mid-July Link
Lewis & Clark 775 221 1 0% late April to mid-May Link
Middlebury 1,304 530 33 6% early May to mid-June Link
MIT 652 575 52 9% by mid-May Link
Mt. Holyoke 785 459 7 2%
NC State 2,433 1,010 19 2% by 6/15 Link
Northwestern 2,614 1,452 43 3%
Oberlin 1,126 459 86 19%
Occidental 705 359 26 7%
Pitzer 1,021 895 23 3% by 7/15 Link
Pomona 842 492 38 8% beginning early to mid-May Link
Princeton 1,206 857 39 5% Link
Rice 2,237 1,659 127 8% by 7/1 Link
Scripps 641 284 0 0% beginning mid-May Link
Smith 773 398 132 33%
SMU 1,757 572 122 21% Link
Stanford 1,256 927 0 0% update mid-May, finalized by 7/1 Link
Trinity College 1,766 664 16 2% mid-April to 7/1 Link
Tulane 3,413 921 0 0% by 6/1 Link
UC Davis 9,033 2,733 2,030 74% by 6/1 Link
UC Irvine 7,361 4,035 131 3% Link
UC Riverside 6,231 3,737 2,770 74% Link
UC Santa Barbara 5,006 2,910 278 10% by 6/30 Link
UC Santa Cruz 3,655 1,320 0 0% early June Link
UIUC 3,008 1,875 1,015 54% by early June Link
UMass Amherst 5,450 1,278 26 2%
Michigan 14,960 4,512 90 2% late June Link
UNC – Chapel Hill 3,144 1,513 78 5% by 6/30 Link
Notre Dame 1,602 869 0 0% mid-May to late June Link
Oregon 1,186 481 31 6% by 6/15 Link
U Richmond 4,070 1,547 151 10% 5/1 – 6/30 Link
Vermont 3,759 866 0 0% by 6/1 Link
Virginia 4,547 2,081 402 19% 5/7 – 6/30 Link
Vassar 1,017 485 10 2% early May to 7/1 Link
Virginia Tech 2,118 1,544 0 0% by 7/1 Link
Washington and Lee 1,983 764 193 25% beginning late April Link
Wellesley 1,404 843 30 4% 3rd week in May to 6/30 Link
Wesleyan 1,877 884 12 1% by 6/30 Link
Whitman 872 370 67 18%
Willamette 433 168 53 32%
Williams 1,603 573 53 9%

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