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Thursday, May 06, 2010

Waitlist update #1

The information I have to share today is great for some and not-so-great for others.

At this point, waitlist offers are going to select applicants to the College of Arts & Sciences and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. We are not making offers to students who are on the waitlist for Architecture or Nursing at this time. As waitlist offers are made at other schools, it is possible that we'll see more room in the class, so I can't say that we won't make any offers for those two schools.

I realize this isn't the news some of you wanted to hear, but thought it best to let you know.

As I've explained before, this process takes some time. We are working in teams to reread files. To speed notification up, we will call a student we want to offer a spot to and if we can't reach a student by phone, we'll email. Obviously, it's nice to hear a big "YES!" on the other end of the line, but offers are officially made through SIS and responses must be made through SIS. A call will be made to let the student know to check SIS.

Keep in mind that we may have a certain number of spots open today, make some offers, and then have a few students get off waitlists elsewhere and withdraw tomorrow, which means we go back and find a few more students to admit.

We are working as quickly as possible. Please don't call our office at this time about the waitlist. We will be in touch if we are able to offer you a spot. When the class is full, I will post a note here. You will also get a final letter and see SIS change to reflect that we have released the waitlist.

I have to add, though, that coming across files I enjoyed reading months ago and being able to recommend an offer for some waitlist students has given me a little happiness during what has been a very sad week.