Strong Student is on Wait lists at "Safeties."

Question: My son has a 33 ACT, a 4.19 weighted GPA in mostly honors and AP classes, and has taken part in sports and many extracurricular activities with leadership roles as well as in selective academic-enrichment opportunities. He also started a community service program and has donated more than 300 hours to it. So we are surprised and confused that he was put on waitlists at his Safety schools. Is it because he wants engineering and priority is going to girls in that field, even if they are not as strong as he is?

It would be irresponsible of me to speculate about why your son has been waitlisted so widely without access to all of the information that admission offices have seen (transcript, essays, recommendations, etc.) and without knowing how you define “Safety." But nonetheless I'll hazard a guess:

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