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Will the Colleges That Wait-Listed Me Ever Give Me A Decision?

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It is now the last day of April and I am on two waitlists. What are the odds that I will hear back from those schools? Is there any chance I can get off the waitlist after April 30? Also, if I don't, will I ever get a formal denial, or do schools just leave you on the waitlist until the end of time, without ever revealing the decision?

You will definitely get a decision from the colleges that have wait-listed you. But what they will say and exactly when they will say it are impossible to predict. As you probably know, colleges often put hundreds of students on the waitlist, and they may ultimately admit only a handful ... or none at all. In general, the more selective a college is, the smaller the chances of a waitlist acceptance. Yet sometimes a lucky few wait-listed students do get surprising good news, even from the most sought-after schools. In 2017, for instance, Brown accepted more than 80 wait-listed students, and Stanford accepted over 30, but Johns Hopkins took only three and Dartmouth took zero. In other years, however, those figures might be reversed.

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