It wouldn’t be surprising if oddsmakers in Las Vegas thought about taking bets on various college waitlists. Never mind the Final Four. How likely is it that any given student might be the one and only lucky applicant selected from 2730 spots offered on the Johns Hopkins University wait list?
Or how about the odds of being one of 89 students selected from among 10,709 applicants receiving waitlist decisions from the University of Michigan?
Or if Stanford has taken anyone off its waitlist for the past two years, what are the odds of anyone being accepted from this year’s list?
This is the time of year counselors dread. To be denied is clear. You move on.
But waitlisted opens a tiny crack in the door that even the most levelheaded kid has a hard time resisting if it means making a dream come true. And counselors are left to deliver the bad news: the odds are against getting off most—not all—waitlists.
Check out the slide show above for waitlist numbers from Common Data Set (CDS) information posted by several liberal arts colleges (note that all are from 2013-14 unless otherwise noted).
This is the third in a series of articles on waitlists.