What you should know if you're waitlisted at UC

In this week's Doing College expert admissions adviser Elizabeth LaScala explains why colleges use waitlists and what waitlisted students need to know.

"The waitlist is... an enrollment management tool that helps campuses reach their enrollment targets and budget objectives," LaScala writes. "In 2010 just two campuses --UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara -- admitted significant numbers of students from their waitlists. Their final freshman classes included more than 40 percent of students admitted off the waitlist."


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Posted by Claudette
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on Apr 17, 2012 at 9:34 am

For the first time, at Las Positas, signing up for classes the semester, each of my children one on her second year, were wait listed on 3 out of 4 classes. It was shocking and really, we had to figure it out ourselves. The way we handled it was sign up for more classes than normal and hope for the best. You can always drop a class if you have more than you wanted (if they all would become active, which did not). Be ready to show up for a class you remain wait listed on, because it may become available. This did happen to one of my kids. I don't like the "wait listed" idea and as it may be easy for the school, it is ridiculous for the students, not to mention the families behind those students! Talk about UnDo Stress!

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