Waitlist process?

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by bgeary07, Apr 11, 2016.

  1. bgeary07

    bgeary07 Member

    Jun 10, 2014
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    From my understanding of the waitlist and admissions process, they send out more appointments then what they accept taking into consideration the statistics that people will decline. For example, they send out 1300 appointments already knowing that people are going to decline and once so many decline (hence reaching a "magic number") then they start taking people from the waitlist?
  2. WavyNavy

    WavyNavy New Member

    Apr 11, 2016
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    Theoretically. If they want a class of 1132 and after offers/acceptances shake out they have a class of 1115 slated for IDay they "may" add from the WL until they reach 1132.
  3. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

    Jun 9, 2006
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    Sort of. Unlike most schools, where class size is set at a desirable number but the school can typically handle more in a pinch, USNA's admissions numbers are set by the government and they can't go over that. So, even if they see more people declining than anticipated, they are unlikely to take folks off the WL until the number of possible acceptances is less than the desired number of plebes.

    So, if the magic number is 1132, and they have 1100 acceptances but 40 offers still outstanding, they're not likely to take anyone from the WL. If they have 1100 acceptances and only 25 offers still outstanding, they could start looking at the WL. Generally, however, they wait until the deadline for accepting offers of appointment has passed (May 1) before considering the WL. Also, there are folks with conditional appointments who are awaiting medical clearance, so some WL folks may not hear anything until quite late.
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