March 8, 2016: What to Do if You're Waitlisted

posted Jun 6, 2016, 3:54 PM by Kristin Hannon
Summit Public Schools
College Readiness Newsletter
March 8, 2016

Weekly College Update

Dear Senior Bulldogs, Thunderbirds, Huskies, and Snow Leopards,

Over the next month or so, lots more college application decisions will be coming your way. Hopefully those decisions will contain good news (acceptances) and not bad news (denials). However, there’s a third type of news to be prepared for…

This week’s focus is the waitlist.

What should you do if you get a decision that you’re on a school’s waitlist? Some really good advice about next steps can be found on the College Board Big Future website as well as the University of California website. Below are some of the main points to consider:

  • Contact admissions for more information. You can call and ask if they have a priority waitlist or if they rank applicants. They’ll tell you as much information as they can, and you will demonstrate your interest by calling.

  • Read your waitlist offer carefully and take action. You may need to officially notify the school by a certain date that you want to remain on their waitlist. You may also be asked to submit additional information in support of your application, such as another letter of recommendation or an essay about why you want to attend the school.

  • The waitlist is not a guarantee of admission! You don’t want to put all of your eggs in that basket. If you’ve been accepted to other schools, you should choose one and enroll by the May 1st deadline in case you don’t eventually get off the waitlist at the other school.

  • You can remain on the waitlist at one school while you enroll in another school. Just be aware that any deposits you make at the time of enrollment are usually non-refundable. You will lose that money if you end up canceling your enrollment because you got accepted off the waitlist somewhere else.

  • Feel good about your accomplishment. While being on the waitlist wasn’t your first choice, at least it’s better than being rejected. If a school has a waitlist, it means they are competitive and lots of other students weren’t as lucky as you.

Good luck to all of you as you keep hearing decisions over the next month and let your mentor know as you hear from colleges.

Respectfully,


Ms. Hannon
Director of College Readiness
khannon@summitps.org

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines
    
March UC admissions decisions timeline 
   
Scholarship Opportunities

Beyond the Boroughs National Scholarship Fund
Who can apply: low income seniors with 2.5 GPA or higher
Amount of the award: $20,000 over 4 years
Information/Application: Beyond the Boroughs
Deadline: March 15, 2016

Steve Tirado Family Foundation Scholarship
Who can apply: Latin@ high school seniors
Amount of the award: $5,000
Information/Application: Steve Tirado Family Foundation
Deadline: March 19, 2016

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Who can apply: must be of Hispanic heritage and have a minimum 3.0 GPA
Amount of the award: $500- $5,000
Information/Application: HSF General College Scholarships
Deadline: March 30, 2016

SanDisk Scholars Program
Who can apply: seniors with minimum 3.0 GPA planning to major in computer science or engineering
Amount of the award: $10,000
Information/Application: SanDisk Scholars
Deadline: March 31, 2016

Lemburg Law "Stop Cellphone Robocalls" Scholarship
Who can apply: any senior planning to attend college
Amount of the award: $1,000
Information/Application: Stop Cellphone Robocalls
Deadline: March 31, 2016

Asian American Women's Alliance Scholarship
Who can apply: Asian American or Pacific Islander students
Amount of the award: $500
Information/Application: AAWA 2016 Application Form
Deadline: April 2, 2016

LendEDU Scholarship
Who can apply: high school senior with at least 2.5 GPA
Amount of the award: $1,000
Information/Application: LendEDU Scholarship
Deadline: April 15, 2016
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