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  1. Thule3

    Thule3 New Member

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    Can anyone give some insight on the likliness of getting a spot off a waitlist of a school you have been accepted to?
     
  2. goaliedad

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    There are no generic answers to this question. It is one that can only be addressed by the admissions office at the specific school in question.

    Some schools use the waitlist as polite denial. Others use it for its intended purpose.

    Schools that lose a lot of students to "summer shrinkage" (i.e. have a lot of depositors withdraw) tend to go to their lists.

    One thing to keep in mind. Wait lists are used to generate full-pay students to fill in when admitted students do not fill up every last slot in the freshman class. Generally, the less financial aid you appear to need, the higher up the list you may be pushed (this does not hold true at the truly elite schools - think Ivy League - where full need is met without loans). So if you have a ROTC scholarship to a school where you are on the wait list and do not decline it (not going to talk ethics here), you may want to let admissions know that you do not need FA as a condition of acceptance. It may help.

    The best questions you can probably ask admissions are:
    1) Where are you on the waitlist?
    2) How far down the waitlist did they get the past 3 or so years?
    3) (After May 1) Did you fill all your slots through your initial offers - and how many slots are left if you didn't?

    Of course, let them know of any change in your financial aid status.

    One last thing to keep in mind about being a waitlist student - you will likely be at the bottom of your academic class, unless it is a highly selective school where every admit is a crap shoot. If you are in over your head academically, keeping good grades while participating in ROTC will be a challenge.
     
  3. Pima

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    I agree with goaliedad.

    For example, VT is notorious for taking nobody off the wait list. I believe in 5 yrs they have taken a total of 80 kids. Certain yrs they had 0 come off the list.

    Meanwhile you look at GMU, also in VA, and they take off the list every yr.

    It is school by school, as goaliedad has stated there are a lot of factors. Typically the more competitive the school, the less likely they will take off the waitlist.

    I would contact the admissions office or go online and look to see their acceptance rate. If they say for example 10K offers for 4K spots, chances are nobody is coming off the wait list.
     
  4. jocomom

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    Wait list

    Look at the published Common Data Set for the school for the past few years. They are accessible on line. Item C2 lists how many were offered wail list spots, how many accepted wait list spots and how many were admitted off the wait list. If the numbers are encouraging, then start woking the list. Call Admissions to express interest and leverage any "ins" that you have. This is the season for that type of thing and the Admissions departments expect it.
     
  5. Amber12

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    I was wondering the same thing about the waiting list. I know someone who was told that they were on a "waiting list/alternate". They did not brief them in much detail about it.
     
  6. Thule3

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    I worded this wrong, i have a nrotc scholarship assingned to one school, but i am transferring it to another school. I am on the waitlist for the transfer of the other school. My question is what is the likliness of getting the transfer
     
  7. P-Flying17

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    It depends on the school you want. Numbers change daily. You will never be given your rank on the waitlist, the unit does not know your rank on the waitlist. The only guarantee you will get is if you don't get into your assigned school and you cannot be transferred to a requested school, there are other schools that will still accept an application, that your scholarship can be transferred too.

    Side note: Don't ever use the words, I guess I can't use my scholarship because I can't go to "****" school. That is not true. There are plenty of schools you can utilize your scholarship at, it just may not be one you thought of. In the end, this is the beginning of learning what is called Needs of the Navy! If you can adapt to this, you are probably ready for a military career.

    Also don't get so hung up on the name of a school, in the end, the education and experience you receive from the Navy will far exceed what you could learn in college. Unless you are graduating from Harvard, Yale, or MIT. You can get a quality education at most any school. And if your dream is to fly....No one cares if you get your private pilot's license at a school with a flight program, because those are habits that just have to be broken. Your academic standing and unit recommendations is what counts most. Make good grades at any school and you have a shot at being a pilot.

    One more thing that should be pointed out. You can go to whomever you want to try and obtain information as to the likelihood of your transfer, especially if you receive an answer you don't like or is not accordance with your original plans, however you will probably just get the same answer that the placement office gave you as it is just a different person asking them and giving you the answer in a different way, unless this new person is giving you the wrong answer.
     
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