“… for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or No
or waiting for their hair to grow…”
If it isn’t obvious, this post is for those left in admission limbo: those on the waitlist. Late March has come and gone, and you still don’t have an answer. I know you have questions- and I promise I’ll get to those- but first I want to reiterate one thing from your decision letter: a spot on the waitlist is a positive response from the Olin community and the Admission Committee. The waitlist is where people we wanted to admit came crashing into the reality of our class size.
An incoming class of eighty-six people is tiny, and, unfortunately, we had more wonderfully compelling Candidates than we had spots. If you have an offer of admission from a school where you will be happy, we wish you well and are grateful we got the chance to know you. If you still firmly believe Olin is the place for you, hang in there and read on.
What do I do now?
Submit your Waitlist Reply form on your Applicant Status Page. We need you to claim your spot on the waitlist so we know you are still interested in Olin. Start thinking about where you will enroll. More on this below.
Should I send an updated resume? A portfolio? Fourteen more letters of recommendation? A love letter? Should I come to campus?
No. Once you’ve confirmed that you want to remain on the waitlist we do not need any additional information. You may send updated grades or a short statement about your continued interest in Olin (if that’s true!), but that’s it. We have the benefit of both your application and meeting you at Candidates’ Weekends. We are already excited about you; otherwise, we wouldn’t have offered you a spot on the waitlist!
How many students are on the waitlist?
Yet to be determined. We are still waiting to see who will remain on the waitlist for further consideration. We offered spots on the waitlist to 47 Candidates.
IF you do go to the waitlist, how do you decide whom to contact first?
As I explained at Candidates’ Weekends, the waitlist isn’t ranked. The order in which we would contact students to offer a spot in the Class of 2022 is determined by who is already in- or perhaps more accurately who is not in- the Class. For example, if our balance is out of whack based on legal sex, we might go to the waitlist for men or women, or if no students from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enroll, perhaps we’ll go to the waitlist for someone from our home state. You get the idea; it’s out of your control and not something we can know until the Class of 2022 enrolls.
If I’m admitted from the waitlist, can I still get the Olin Tuition Scholarship and need-based financial aid?
Yes! Any student we admit (straight out or via the waitlist) is guaranteed the Olin Tuition Scholarship for eight semesters (valued at more than $100,000 over four years). Similarly, any student admitted from the waitlist receives the same benefits of our policy to meet the demonstrated need of eligible students. Read more about financial aid here: http://www.olin.edu/admission/costs-financial-aid/.
What if I’m interested in Olin’s deferred enrollment option for waitlisted students?
First, read the Deferred Enrollment FAQ. If you have questions, reach out to me or to firstname.lastname@example.org. Think about what would make a gap year interesting, meaningful, and valuable to you. How might you spend your time? Doing community service? Traveling? Finding an internship? Working on passion projects? Creating sticky note art? No two gap years look alike. We will ask you to provide an idea of how you want to spend your year on the Deferred Enrollment Request Form. We know you won’t have all the details worked out; we understand that. We just want to get your thoughts on how you might spend the year productively and we recognize that plans may change as different opportunities present themselves. Remember from Candidates’ Weekends: your plan should not be to enroll at another institution for your gap year. You are welcome to take a class or two as a non-matriculating student (we are pro learning!), but we do not want you taking a space in another institution’s first year class. Please note that any admitted or waitlisted students who are thinking about a gap year will need to submit a Deferred Enrollment Request Form (available through your Applicant Status Page) by April 18, 2018.
What’s the timeline? When will I know more?
We will do our best to notify all students on the waitlist of their status as soon as possible, but it is very likely we will not know anything until after May 1st, the National Candidates Reply Date.
I understand that this last question may be the hardest. I can’t offer you a firm date when we will know if we will activate the waitlist so you will need to make an enrollment deposit at another school. So my best advice? Send us your Waitlist Reply form and forget about us. Visit your other options- and I am sure they are wonderful- and start imagining your next four years. Fall in love with another school, another opportunity. And then be happy and surprised if we call.
“And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 ¾ percent guaranteed.) KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS.”
Excerpts and photos from Oh, The Places You’ll Go! By Dr. Seuss