What options does a student have when they are wait-listed by a college?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Jerome Cole, Director of College Counseling at the Edmund Burke School in Washington D.C., discusses what options students have when they are waitlisted by a college.

    Jerome A. Cole, MA

    Jerome A. Cole, M.A., is the Director of College Counseling for the Edmund Burke school in Washington, D.C. and the founder of Cole Educational Consulting Services (Cole ECS.) He has worked with students and families for over seven years to help them plan and strategize for college. As a college counselor at Burke, an independent college preparatory high school founded in 1968, Mr. Cole oversees a program that is designed to support students and families as they go through the selection and admission process for college. Mr. Cole advises over 100 students each year in a small academically challenging environment where every senior is expected to apply to and enroll in college. Prior to Burke, he was a school counselor at Bethesda-Chevy Chase high school in Montgomery County, Maryland. He has successfully counseled hundreds of students and helped them prepare for admission to a variety of schools such as: American University, Clark-Atlanta University, Davidson College, George Washington University, Harvard University, Pitzer College, Stanford University, Temple University, and the University of Maryland at College Park, to highlight just a few. He established the consulting firm Cole ECS to provide students and families with the necessary information and support to make the best choice for college. Cole ECS defines the best choice as the optimal learning and social environment to ensure a student’s holistic success, culminating in on-time or early graduation and desirable post-graduate options. Mr. Cole earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Catholic University, and then went on to obtain a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development from George Washington University. He is certified as a school counselor and is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC).

    Host: What options does a student have when they are waitlisted by a college?

    Jerome Cole: Being waitlisted by a college means basically, that you have been, your file has been reviewed and they like you, they would like to find a slot for you, it is just they don t have the space. So, they have placed you on this waitlist if you will. Different schools have different policies regarding their waitlist. Some schools take off a lot of kids from the waitlist and admit them, some schools take off very few.

    So, you as a student, if you are waitlisted to a particular college or university, the very first thing that you want to do is contact the school, probably via e-mail or telephone call, whatever is easiest and most convenient for you to do the following. One, you want to convey to them that you are still very interested in the university and that you would like to, in that you would like to be admitted.

    So, that s the first thing that you want to do is convey interest. The second thing is to ask them, what is the policy, how many students do you traditionally take off that list, what should I be doing to enhance my chances of being admitted? Colleges get those questions all the time from kids on the waitlist and you want to figure out what the policy is, so that you can respond accordingly and be removed from the waitlist and be admitted. Kids do get admitted off the waitlist, believe it or not.

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