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March 1, 2024

Washington University Waitlist Acceptance Rate (St. Louis)

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Washington University in St. Louis has released inconsistent waitlist data through the years.

If you’ve been waitlisted to Washington University in St. Louis, you’re likely wondering about your chances of earning admission out of limbo. So let’s address all your questions about WashU’s waitlist and your chances of earning a spot in the incoming class after the admissions office kicked the can down the road on your decision.

WashU Waitlist Acceptance Rates and Statistics

Below are WashU’s historical waitlist statistics from the Class of 2026 through the Class of 2015 — all of the figures the university has made available through their release to The Common Data Set.

Washington University in St. Louis Class YearNumber of Students Waitlisted to WashUNumber of Students Who Chose to Join WashU WaitlistNumber of Students Accepted Off WashU WaitlistWashU Waitlist Acceptance Rate
WashU Class of 2028TBDTBDTBDTBD
WashU Class of 2027Not Yet PublishedNot Yet PublishedNot Yet PublishedNot Yet Published
WashU Class of 2026Not Reported3,98100%
WashU Class of 2025Not Reported2,69691533.94%
WashU Class of 2024Not Reported1,9681899.6%
WashU Class of 2023Not ReportedNot Reported31Not Reported
WashU Class of 2022Not ReportedNot Reported128 (*Enrolled)Not Reported
WashU Class of 2021Not ReportedNot Reported53 (*Enrolled)Not Reported
WashU Class of 2020Not ReportedNot Reported129 (*Enrolled)Not Reported
WashU Class of 2019Not ReportedNot Reported0 (*Enrolled)Not Reported
WashU Class of 2018Not ReportedNot Reported80 (*Enrolled)Not Reported
WashU Class of 2017Not ReportedNot Reported0 (*Enrolled)Not Reported
WashU Class of 2016Not ReportedNot Reported152 (*Enrolled)Not Reported
WashU Class of 2015Not ReportedNot Reported0 (*Enrolled)Not Reported

Your Chances of Admission to WashU After Being Waitlisted

After combing through the data, you might notice that WashU is slightly inconsistent on the waitlist statistics reported yearly to The Common Data Set.

There are years in which WashU releases the total number of waitlisted students, the total number of students who accept slots on the waitlist, and the total number of students accepted off the waitlist.

Yet there are other years in which WashU cryptically reports only the number of students accepted off the waitlist who choose to enroll — a data point most highly selective universities don’t include in their waitlist admissions figures (even though they typically report more waitlist admissions figures overall than WashU).

Your Chances of Admission to WashU After Being Waitlisted with Ivy Coach’s Help

Over the last 30 years, around 32% of students who first come to Ivy Coach after being placed on the Washington University in St. Louis waitlist earn admission. Our 32% figure includes years in which WashU admits zero students off its waitlist — as it did for the Classes of 2026, 2019, 2017, and 2015.

In short, when WashU turns to its waitlist, Ivy Coach’s students do incredibly well. Yet when WashU doesn’t turn to its waitlist, our students, naturally, don’t get in either. Duh!

So why does Ivy Coach have such success with WashU’s waitlist? It boils down to Ivy Coach’s method developed over three decades of optimizing a student’s chances for admission after being placed in dreaded limbo. Ours is a two-step process that goes as follows:

  1. Complete Ivy Coach’s PostMortem application review. We must see what a student did both right as well as what they did wrong. The narrative we help craft can’t be out of left field. Instead, it needs to be consistent with the story conveyed in The Common Application and WashU supplement — just told much more compellingly (and we hope you wrote many of the WashU scholarship essays since they were an opportunity for you to further elaborate on your story — even if the scholarships weren’t of incredible interest to you!).
  2.  Submit a powerful Letter of Continued Interest. Most students know they should submit a letter after being placed on a college’s waitlist if they hope to earn admission. And most know they should send in that letter promptly. Yet most students send the wrong kind of letter. Ivy Coach’s letters to WashU offer up no brags or updates. They’re love letters to the school, filled with specific after specific that only apply to WashU (and, no, name-dropping professors or classes don’t count!). Our letters inspire WashU admissions officers to root for our students!

Getting Started with Ivy Coach on WashU Waitlist

If you’re interested in Ivy Coach’s assistance in optimizing your case for admission off the WashU waitlist, fill out our complimentary consultation form, indicate that WashU has waitlisted you, and you’ll receive a delineation of our services. If you’re interested in moving forward with Ivy Coach from there, we’d be happy to set up a complimentary consultation to offer further color on our waitlist service.

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