Admissions 101: Shortening College Waitlists?
Test prep veteran Ned Johnson of prepmatters.com, 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?
| April 29, 2009; 4:56 PM ET
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