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Admissions 101: Shortening College Waitlists?

Test prep veteran Ned Johnson of, always in close touch with high school seniors, tells me that Washington University in St. Louis, one of our highest-rated undergraduate institutions, began admitting students off its waiting list yesterday, April 28. This is very unusual, and might mean that other schools will also be pulling kids off their waitlists sooner as the effects of the recession and a record number of college applicants make themselves known.

Johnson said: "The explanation we got from WashU was that a dorm was finished ahead of schedule. Skeptical by nature, I find it curious they went to the waitlist April 28. My students, though, were delighted!"

Anyone else hearing from kids who are already being taken off the waitlists? Usually colleges don't start doing this until after May 1, the deadline for deposits that tell them how many students have accepted their admission offers. Sometimes they wait several weeks before culling the waitlist. What do you think is going on?

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Maybe kids are figuring out that a reliable IQ test score plus a little online University of Phoenix skill training will get them where they want to go professionally for pennies on the dollar. The value of a residential college experience is way over-hyped. It's four years down the drain wasted on zero-content survey courses on queer studies and post modern art. Why not get on with your dreams and start actually trying to do something at 18? Then all those idiot Ivy League grads can work for your private company -- that made you a millionaire before 30!

Posted by: greg3 | April 29, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

..."As a Graduate Student/ETSU I see many student's leaving College/Many DEEP in DEBT!

Many won't return because no money and many are out looking for jobs, and guess what...their/NO JOBS AVAILABLE, I hope the Government/President Barack Obama whom I voted for hurries, "WHEELS/COMING/OFF/REPUBLICAN'S/MESS THEY LEFT PRESIDENT/BARACK OBAMA A MESS/DISATER/U.S.ECONOMY


Posted by: ztcb41 | April 29, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

More like people are finally looking at their tuition bills and realizing that WashU is a colossal ripoff.

Honestly, I've never been able to figure out why people actually go to WashU, except perhaps to meet fellow MOTs. But really, JDate is a much better value.

Posted by: afsljafweljkjlfe | April 29, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

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