Class of 2020 Waitlist Admission Rates and Notification Dates from College Kickstart

58% of schools admitted 10% or less from their waitlist.

2020 College Waitlist

This post was originally published on the College Kickstart blog.


Are you on the waitlist at one of your top choices? Are you wondering what the odds are that you’ll move from waitlist to admitted?

At College Kickstart, we track and hunt down a myriad of admission statistics and we’d like to share some analysis we did about waitlists.

We looked at 160 private and public institutions and in summary here’s what we found:

  • On average, 17 percent of students accepting a place on a waitlist were admitted
  • 58 percent of the schools admitted 10 percent or less of the students accepting a place on the wait list last year
  • 41 percent of the schools admitted 5 percent or less
  • 12 percent admitted no one

There are several factors driving the low rates, including the size of the waitlist (often very large), and how well a school anticipates its admissions yield.

Waitlist Admission Rates

A closer look at waitlist stats

For your reference, here’s a list of 2015-16 waitlist statistics for several popular private and public schools, along with notification dates and links for more detail if available.

Source: College Kickstart LLC

 

Institution Waitlist Offered Waitlist Accepted Waitlist Admitted Admit Rate Notification Date Status
American 2,778 269 8 3% by 5/15 Complete as of 5/5
Amherst 1,398 643 33 5%
Barnard 1,195 130 6 5% beginning 5/15
Bates 1,535 671 11 2% by 8/1 (typically early May – late June)
Boston College 7,072 3,897 351 9% by 7/1 Emails sent 5/20, 5/13
Boston University 4,381 2,214 4 0% Closed as of 5/13 (none offered)
Bowdoin by 7/31
Brandeis 1,553 595 25 4%
Brown 192 by early June Small number of spaces available, offered through early June
Bryn Mawr 872 427 0 0%
Bucknell 2,427 922 59 6%
Caltech 615 429 0 0%
Carleton 1,350 442 16 4%
Carnegie Mellon 5,526 2,835 4 0% by 6/1
Claremont McKenna 919 453 75 17%
Colby 1,497 634 42 7%
Colgate 1,896 913 49 5% by 8/1
College of William & Mary 3,552 1,676 187 11% status mid-June, decision by 8/1 First round of calls made, will likely continue to contact applicants on rolling basis through early-to-mid June
Colorado College 1,119 232 24 10% most by mid-May, some as late as June
Columbia by 6/30
Cornell 3,583 2,231 81 4% after 5/1
Dartmouth 1,852 963 129 13% mid-May to 7/1
Duke 92
Emory 3,809 1,910 45 2% by 6/1
Franklin and Marshall 1,385 411 76 18% end of April to end of May
George Washington 3,827 1,354 62 5%
Georgetown 2,188 1,301 141 11% by 5/15
Georgia Tech 3,397 2,031 38 2% by 6/1
Hamilton 958 365 47 13%
Harvard 40-50 estimated
Harvey Mudd 534 354 11 3%
Haverford 883 354 12 3%
Johns Hopkins 2,752 1,747 187 11%
Kenyon 2,876 998 17 2% early May to mid-July
Lewis & Clark 775 221 1 0% late April to mid-May
Macalester 350 177 0 0%
Middlebury 1,304 530 33 6% early May to mid-June
MIT 652 575 52 9% by mid-May Complete as of 5/11 (26 admitted)
NYU Active but filled at several programs Active as of 5/16 (110 admitted to date). Filled at CAS, CPLS, GLSP, Gallatin, Nursing, Social Work, Stern, Tandon and Abu Dhabi
Northwestern 2,614 1,452 43 3%
Oberlin 1,126 459 86 19%
Occidental 705 359 26 7%
Pitzer 1,021 895 23 3% by 7/15
Pomona 842 492 38 8% early to mid-May
Princeton 1,206 857 39 5%
Rice 2,237 1,659 127 8% by 7/1
Scripps 641 284 0 0% beginning mid-May
Smith 773 398 132 33%
Stanford 1,256 927 0 0% update mid-May, finalized by 7/1
Swarthmore 26
Tufts by early June
Tulane 3,413 921 0 0% by 6/1 Complete (none offered)
UC Berkeley 3,760 2,445 1,340 55%
UC Davis 9,033 2,733 2,030 74% by 6/1
UC Irvine 7,361 4,035 131 3%
UCLA 5,006 2,910 278 10%
UC Riverside 6,231 3,737 2,770 74%
UCSD 2 waves complete (5/6, 5/11)
UCSB 5,006 2,910 278 10% by 6/30
UChicago early summer
University of Georgia 921 584 144 25% most between 5/15 and 6/15 Complete as of 5/11 (~100 admitted, 95% for Spring)
University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign 3,008 1,875 1,015 54% by early June
UMass Amherst 5,450 1,278 26 2% beginning mid-May
University of Michigan 14,960 4,512 90 2% mid-June
UNC – Chapel Hill 3,144 1,513 78 5% by 6/30 First wave offered 5/6 (55 admitted)
University of Notre Dame 1,602 869 0 0% mid-May to late June
University of Pennsylvania 2,474 1,438 90 6%
University of Richmond 4,070 1,547 151 10% 5/1 – 6/30
University of Virginia 4,547 2,081 402 19% 5/7 – 6/30 Active as of 5/3
Vanderbilt 188 After 5/1 Active as of 5/16
Vassar 1,017 485 10 2% early May to 7/1
Virginia Tech 2,118 1,544 0 0% by 7/1
Wellesley 1,404 843 30 4% 3rd week in May to 6/30
Wesleyan 1,877 884 12 1% by 6/30
Whitman 872 370 67 18%
Williams 1,603 573 53 9%
Yale 1,098 713

 

You can check out the class of 2020 early admission results from College Kickstart here.


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