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Getting Off Ivy League Wait Lists

Question: My daughter has been wait-listed at Harvard and Cornell. What is the likelihood of acceptance for students in that situation?

Being in wait-list limbo can be very frustrating, but please take solace in the fact that only outstanding students get even that far at places like Harvard and Cornell. Your daughter is in elite company, but, unfortunately, chances are she’ll stay there and not ever leave the purgatory of the wait list. The top colleges tend to put hundredsâ€"even thousandsâ€" of applicants on their waiting lists, and the vast majority will go no further.

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