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Waitlisted at the UC? What You Should Know Now!

Original post made by Doing College, another community, on Apr 16, 2012

Over the past week, I received many questions regarding waitlists. The first point to bear in mind is that colleges build waitlists to help the college, not the student. They build waiting lists to ensure that they have full freshman classes. Since not all accepted students will choose to enroll, these lists allow colleges to reach out to students they would like to accept but do not have the space to enroll. This system is hard on students because the school is not sending a clear message regarding an offer of admission. Some students describe it as being ‘in a state of limbo.’ While students and their parents are accustomed to wait-listing at private schools, most are surprised to learn that the University of California also uses waitlists.

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