The Founder of Ivy Coach, Bev Taylor, is quoted in an article today in Brown University’s “Brown Daily Herald” about Brown’s waitlist that we figured we’d share. Brown University admitted a significant number of students off of its waitlist this past admissions cycle, for the Brown University Class of 2018. In fact, 42 students earned admission, ending their time in college admissions limbo. The 42 students admitted off the list for the Class of 2018 is interesting because only 2 students earned admission off the waitlist for the Class of 2017. So what does that go to show you? That you should always try to put up a fight if you’re placed on a waitlist and you’d like to still earn admission…because you just never know. And in order to put up a fight, you can’t do nothing. You can’t just sit back and hope that a university like Brown will draw your name from a bowl. Because that’s not how the waitlist works. There is no bowl and not all students on college waitlists are created equal. Those students who effectively sway admissions officers to want to admit them off waitlists have improved odds of getting in.
As our Founder is quoted in the piece in the “Brown Daily Herald,” “Bev Taylor, founder and president of Ivy Coach, a New York-based college consulting firm, said she has also seen an increase in the number of students waitlisted over the past five years, though there has not necessarily been a corresponding rise in acceptances off the waitlist. While universities primarily admit students off waitlists when they face lower-than-expected yield rates from their original pools of admitted students, Taylor said the waitlist also may be used to lower the reported acceptance rate — a commonly used metric of an institution’s prestige — or to deal with highly qualified applicants who may not be as likely to commit to attending a college. Brown’s yield has remained consistent over the past three years, with approximately 60 percent of admitted students accepting their offers of admission. Taylor said she advises applicants placed on a waitlist that ‘doing nothing will never get you admitted.’ Waitlisted students should send a ‘more detailed’ version of the ‘Why Brown?’ essay to their regional admission officer to show their continued interest in the school, she said.”
That’s absolutely what waitlisted students should do! Have a question on the waitlist? Let us know your question by posting a Comment below. We look forward to hearing from you.