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Still Waiting? :What to do when your Child Lands on the College Wait List.

Written by Monica Wheeler

After sorting through brochures, helping tailorrepparttar perfect essay, and juggling schedules to attend college nights, and campus visits, you awaitrepparttar 109451 answer torepparttar 109452 all-important question. Did your senior makerepparttar 109453 grade for their top choice school? Unfortunately, whenrepparttar 109454 letter of truth arrives it doesn?t offer ?congratulations? or ?regretfully inform.? Your child has been cordially invited torepparttar 109455 ?wait list.?

While most parents prepare their child for acceptance or outright rejection, today?s competitive environment includes a wild card. Even honor students with 4.0 GPA?s,1460 SAT scores, numerous activities, and full scholarships from competing universities land on waiting lists. Since students now apply to a laundry list of schools, and many factors influence an applicants? decision it has become difficult for institutions to accurately project who will accept their offer. Admissions Officers rely on wait lists as insurance policies.

Helping your child decide what college to attend isn?t easy. Add a wait list torepparttar 109456 mix andrepparttar 109457 difficult process can become downright confusing. ?Typically, these wait list decisions are made on a March to April time frame.? explains Al Newell,repparttar 109458 Dean of enrollment at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, PA. He advises students to preserve another option for themselves if they are wait listed, ?By May 1, traditionallyrepparttar 109459 national deposit date, wait-listed students should have a deposit at some other place. They should most definitely make sure they have another choice,? Newell advises. ?I would berepparttar 109460 first to encourage them to make a deposit elsewhere if they were on my wait-list, because if I put them on that list, I?m telling them there is no guarantee

So, what steps should be taken if faced with a wait list dilemma?

First, assessrepparttar 109461 situation. According to Jim Bekkering,repparttar 109462 Vice President for Admissions at Hope College in Holland, MI,repparttar 109463 student and their parents should seriously decide how badly they want to be at that particular college. If this isrepparttar 109464 school of choice, make certain your student findsrepparttar 109465 facts.

Encourage them to politely call and askrepparttar 109466 admissions office how many students are onrepparttar 109467 wait list, how many wait-listed students were admitted inrepparttar 109468 previous two years, and whetherrepparttar 109469 wait list has been put into an order of preference. Also, find out what factors will be taken into account in deciding whom to accept fromrepparttar 109470 list. This should give you a general sense ofrepparttar 109471 chances of being chosen. Once you both clearly understandrepparttar 109472 process, decide on a timeframe, explains Bekkering, ?The strongerrepparttar 109473 desire is,repparttar 109474 longer they should be willing to wait. It should be decided by each individual family.?

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