Preparing for College

Waitlisting "Overqualified" Applicants

Question: How likely is it that a school will waitlist or reject a student because he/she is overqualified and probably would go to a more prestigious school, so the school would "save" its acceptances for another candidate?

Waitlisting seemingly overqualified applicants is a factor at some colleges, but being able to pinpoint which ones in particular participate in that ploy is very difficult. One school that has been relatively famous for this in recent years is Washington University in Saint Louis (WUSTL). WUSTL likes to see a sincere expression of interest from its applicants.

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