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Waitlist Statistics

Being waitlisted isn’t as crushing a result as being rejected, but it can feel like you’ve been exiled to admissions purgatory. It’s important to know if your waitlisted status means you still have a serious shot at being admitted to your first-choice university or if it’s the equivalent of a Powerball ticket. For example, at Middlebury, Brandeis, Georgetown, Tulane, and UPenn somewhere between zero and 20 students are likely to be plucked from the waitlist. On the other hand, Colorado College, Cornell, Lehigh, Williams, and William & Mary all took more than 60 students off of their waitlists. The following table indicates waitlist statistics at some of America’s most selective colleges and universities for the 2019-20 academic year.
*Data collected from Common Data Set (CDS) forms.

Table updated March 22, 2021

InstitutionUses Waitlist?Offered WaitlistAccepted Waitlist OfferAdmitted from WaitlistWaiting list ranked?
Adelphi UniversityN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Agnes Scott CollegeYes000N/A
Albion CollegeNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Alfred UniversityYes232219No
Allegheny CollegeYes25525510No
American UniversityYes4,686961137No
Amherst CollegeYes1,44776248No
Appalachian State UniversityYes1,434N/A1,294No
Arizona State UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Auburn UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Augustana College (IL)NoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Austin CollegeNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Babson CollegeYes1,676660121No
Ball State UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Bard CollegeNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Barnard CollegeYes1,545N/A46No
Baruch College (CUNY)NoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Bates CollegeYes1,60564342No
Baylor UniversityYes6,8841,637803No
Belmont UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Beloit CollegeYes4000N/A
Bennington CollegeYes1327526N/A
Bentley UniversityYes1,46040192N/A
Berea CollegeN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Binghamton UniversityYes5,3311,980330N/A
Birmingham Southern CollegeNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Boise State UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Boston CollegeYes6,4383,451159N/A
Boston UniversityYes5,2352,987339No
Bowdoin CollegeYesN/AN/AN/AN/A
Bowling Green State UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Bradley UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Brandeis UniversityYes1,5536389No
Brigham Young UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Brooklyn College (CUNY)Yes1,001281275N/A
Brown UniversityYesN/AN/A127No
Bryant UniversityYes3501089Yes
Bryn Mawr CollegeYes62733537No
Bucknell UniversityYes3,1491,379125No
Butler UniversityYes136N/A27No
California Institute of TechnologyYes5013945No
California Polytechnic Institute, San Luis ObispoYes4,976N/A67Yes
California State Polytechnic U. - PomonaN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
California State University - FresnoNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
California State University - FullertonYesN/AN/AN/AN/A
California State Univesrsity - Long BeachNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Calvin CollegeNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Canisius CollegeNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Carleton CollegeYes1,5226640No
Carnegie Mellon UniversityYes5,7613,579140No
Case Western Reserve UniversityYes10,3755,661209No
Catholic UniversityYes32260No
Centre CollegeYes1151717No
Chapman UniversityYes1,70385613No
Christopher Newport UniversityYes1,001338100No
City College (CUNY)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Claremont McKenna CollegeYes57832843No
Clark UniversityYes39717114No
Clarkson UniversityYes87228N/A
Clemson UniversityYes2,6071,0976No
Colby CollegeYes3,6681,45419N/A
Colgate UniversityYes1,800841101No
College of CharlestonYes000No
College of New Jersey, TheYes11,96052531No
College of St. BenedictN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
College of the AtlanticYes2170N/A
College of the Holy CrossYes1,87583412No
College of William & MaryYes3,9371,989186No
Colorado CollegeYes1,05227523No
Colorado School of MinesYes1,6224248No
Colorado State UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Columbia UniversityN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Connecticut CollegeYes1,4826378No
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and ArtYes17717125N/A
Cornell CollegeYes222No
Cornell UniversityYes4,9483,362147No
Creighton UniversityYes2444728N/A
Dartmouth CollegeYes2,1511,3810No
Davidson CollegeYesN/AN/AN/AN/A
Denison UniversityYes1,37227326No
DePaul UniversityYesN/AN/AN/AN/A
DePauw UniversityYes295N/ANo
Dickinson CollegeYes76223325No
Drake UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Drew UniversityYes1474733No
Drexel UniversityYesN/AN/AN/AYes
Duke UniversityYesN/AN/A334N/A
Duquesne UniversityYesN/AN/AN/ANo
Earlham CollegeYes16615461No
East Carolina UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Eckerd CollegeYes183318N/A
Elon UniversityYes94820213No
Embry Riddle Aeronautical UniversityN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Emerson CollegeYes1,61179851N/A
Emory UniversityYes4,6793,731168No
Evergreen State CollegeYesN/AN/AN/AN/A
Fairfield UniversityYes3,7501,20513No
Florida Atlantic UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Florida Institute of TechnologyNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Florida International UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Florida State UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Fordham UniversityYes8,6032,2101,058No
Franklin & Marshall CollegeN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Franklin W. Olin College of EngineeringYes39300No
Furman UniversityYes1,03598542No
George Mason UniversityYes1,379874308No
George Washington UniversityYes5,1412,2383N/A
Georgetown CollegeNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Georgetown UniversityN/A1,54186N/AN/A
Georgia CollegeYes888686No
Georgia Institute of TechnologyYes3,8002,623632No
Georgia Southern UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Georgia State UniversityYesN/AN/AN/AN/A
Gettysburg CollegeYesN/A966N/ANo
Gonzaga UniversityYes80718453Yes
Goucher CollegeYes361810No
Grinnell CollegeYes1,63378510No
Gustavus Adolphus CollegeNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Hamilton CollegeYes1,9341,06221No
Hampshire CollegeYes000Yes
Harvard UniversityYesN/AN/AN/ANo
Harvey Mudd CollegeYes5003419No
Haverford CollegeYes1,54692415No
Hendrix CollegeN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
High Point UniversityYes931931127N/A
Hobart and William Smith CollegesYes4451439No
Hofstra UniversityYes5164No
Hollins UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Hood CollegeN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Hope CollegeYes108N/A5No
Howard UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Hunter College (CUNY)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Illinois Institute of TechnologyNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityYes000N/A
Indiana University - Purdue U. IndianapolisNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Indiana University BloomingtonYes1,9454176No
Iowa State UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Ithaca CollegeYes27810843No
James Madison UniversityYes3,1691,724960No
Johns Hopkins UniversityYes2,1081,4210N/A
Juniata CollegeN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Kalamazoo CollegeYes33194238No
Kansas State UniversityN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Kennesaw State UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Kent State UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Kenyon CollegeYes2,1611,23112No
Kettering UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Knox CollegeYes8294No
Lafayette CollegeYes2,19087456No
Lake Forest CollegeYes6N/A6No
Lawrence UniversityYes145417No
Lehigh UniversityYes6,2122,4801,307No
Lewis & Clark CollegeYes2988313No
Louisiana State UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Louisiana Tech UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Loyola Marymount UniversityYes3,596N/A17No
Loyola University ChicagoNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Loyola University MarylandN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Loyola University New OrleansNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Macalester CollegeYes80141554No
Manhattan CollegeN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Marist CollegeYes4,404875176N/A
Marquette UniversityYes609609230No
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyYes46033117N/A
Messiah CollegeYesN/AN/AN/AYes
Miami UniversityYes1,0161290No
Michigan State UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Middlebury CollegeYes1,57658411N/A
Milwaukee School of EngineeringNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Mississippi State UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Missouri Univ. of Science and TechnologyNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Montana State UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Morehouse CollegeN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Mount Holyoke CollegeYes76943857No
Muhlenberg CollegeYes49718641N/A
New College of FloridaYes321No
New Jersey Institute of TechnologyNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
New Mexico State UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
New York UniversityYesN/AN/AN/ANo
North Carolina State UniversityYes5,0931,8690No
Northeastern UniversityYesN/AN/AN/ANo
Northwestern UniversityYes3,0672,10755No
Oberlin CollegeYes1,07679389No
Occidental CollegeYes1,05756320No
Oglethorpe UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Ohio State University - ColumbusYes5,8011,415114No
Ohio UniversityYes000No
Ohio Wesleyan UniversityN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Oklahoma State UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Old Dominion UniversityYes548N/A123No
Oregon State UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Pennsylvania State University - University ParkYes4,6512,9111,169No
Pepperdine UniversityYes1,088629328No
Pitzer CollegeYes58318623No
Pomona CollegeYes83956647No
Princeton UniversityYes9026681No
Providence CollegeYes3,0638198No
Purdue University - West LafayetteYes5,7553,3781,542No
Quinnipiac UniversityN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Ramapo College of New JerseyYes787379185No
Reed CollegeYes1,57752351No
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteYes4,8963,12889No
Rhodes CollegeYes1,23733274No
Rice UniversityYes2,7881,8691No
Rochester Institute of TechnologyN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Rollins CollegeYes2433617Yes
Rose-Hulman Institute of TechnologyYes1235424No
Rutgers UniversityYesN/AN/AN/ANo
Saint John's University (NY)Yes1,075N/A695N/A
Saint Louis UniversityN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Saint Mary's College, Notre DameNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Saint Michael's CollegeYes112248No
Samford UniversityYes1659129No
San Diego State UniversityYes3,5291,607513Yes
San Francisco State UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
San Jose State UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Santa Clara UniversityYes2,1621,122221No
Sarah Lawrence CollegeYes1,08850031N/A
Scripps CollegeYes71135225No
Seattle UniversityYes262N/A0No
Seton Hall UniversityN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Sewanee - The University of the SouthYes4668712No
Siena CollegeYes347N/A39No
Simmons UniversityYes000No
Skidmore CollegeYes2,1841,0225No
Smith CollegeYes1,02758776No
Soka University of AmericaYes654519Yes
Southern Methodist UniversityYes2,4071,07845No
Southwestern UniversityYes294348No
Spelman CollegeYes533164121No
St. John's College (MD)Yes27210N/A
St. John's College (NM)Yes202020N/A
St. John's University (MN)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
St. Joseph's UniversityYesN/AN/AN/ANo
St. Lawrence UniversityYes1664516No
St. Mary's College of MarylandNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
St. Olaf CollegeYes94246837No
Stanford UniversityYes7505808No
Stevens Institute of TechnologyYes1,60670471N/A
Stonehill CollegeYes1,13326451No
Stony Brook UniversityYes3,5001,492151No
SUNY, College of Environmental Science and ForestryN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
SUNY, GeneseoYes1,756802443No
SUNY, Maritime CollegeYes121211N/A
SUNY, New PaltzYesN/AN/AN/ANo
SUNY, OneontaNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
SUNY, OswegoNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
SUNY, Polytechnic InstituteNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
SUNY, Purchase CollegeNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
SUNY, University at AlbanyYesN/AN/AN/AN/A
Susquehanna UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Swarthmore CollegeYesN/AN/A27N/A
Syracuse UniversityYes8,8593,138611N/A
Temple UniversityYes2,1901,0571,049No
Tennessee Technological UniversityN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Texas A&M University - College StationNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Texas Christian UniversityYes1,690779341No
Texas Tech UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
The CitadelYes837825No
The College of WoosterYes81518459No
Thomas Aquinas CollegeYes242415No
Towson UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Transylvania UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Trinity College (CT)Yes1,8271,10311No
Trinity UniversityYes1,23652072No
Truman State UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Tufts UniversityYes1,44152484No
Tulane UniversityYes5,4121,3710No
Union CollegeYes753328104No
United States Air Force AcademyNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
United States Coast Guard AcademyN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
United States Merchant Marine AcademyN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
United States Military AcademyNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
United States Naval AcademyYes22616919No
University at Buffalo (SUNY)Yes1,399400417No
University of AlabamaNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of ArizonaNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of ArkansasYes187184166No
University of California, BerkeleyYes7,5313,9751,098No
University of California, DavisYes10,6393,4581,953No
University of California, IrvineYes17,0188,6081,610No
University of California, Los AngelesNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of California, MercedNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of California, RiversideYes7,7764,0151,375No
University of California, San DiegoYes19,97612,4264,313N/A
University of California, Santa BarbaraYes8,8635,866603No
University of California, Santa CruzYes12,8597,5764,676No
University of Central FloridaYes6,7423,025511N/A
University of ChicagoN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of CincinnatiNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of Colorado BoulderYes4,3801,380558No
University of ConnecticutYes1,937886830No
University of DallasNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of DaytonNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of DelawareYes1,276420314No
University of DenverYes47220357No
University of FloridaNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of GeorgiaYes1,542897150No
University of Hawaii at ManoaNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of HoustonNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of Illinois at ChicagoNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignYes3,0361,7910No
University of IowaYes12104No
University of KansasNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of KentuckyYes17817811No
University of LouisvilleNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of MaineYesN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of Mary WashingtonYes2358565No
University of Maryland, Baltimore CountyYes444444412No
University of Maryland, College ParkYes207N/A29No
University of Massachusetts AmherstYes2,1881,0130No
University of MemphisNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of MiamiYes8,7952,143366No
University of MichiganYes12,5274,92289No
University of Minnesota - Twin CitiesN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of Minnesota, MorrisNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of MississippiNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of Missouri, ColumbiaN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of Missouri, Kansas CityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of MontanaNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of Nebraska-LincolnNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of Nevada-Las VegasNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of Nevada-RenoNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of New HampshireNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of New MexicoNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of North Carolina at AshevilleNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillYes5,5723,717156No
University of North Carolina at CharlotteNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of North Carolina at GreensboroNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of North Carolina at WilmingtonYes7892350N/A
University of North TexasNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of Notre DameYes1,6001,028108No
University of OklahomaYes2,2612,261311No
University of OregonYes43815384No
University of PennsylvaniaYes2,9322,051101No
University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh CampusYes3,5181,266578No
University of PortlandYes1,770799167N/A
University of Puget SoundYes46142No
University of RedlandsYes561310N/A
University of Rhode IslandYes1,34046690No
University of RichmondYes4,0271,24981N/A
University of RochesterYes2,6052,33971N/A
University of San DiegoYes2,529934316No
University of San FranciscoYes1,704871755No
University of ScrantonYes89316241No
University of South CarolinaYes2,588118No
University of South FloridaNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of Southern CaliforniaNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of St. Thomas (MN)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of TennesseeNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of Tennessee - ChattanoogaNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of Texas at Arlington, TheN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of Texas at Austin, TheYes000No
University of Texas at Dallas, TheNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of the PacificYes363029No
University of TulsaN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of UtahNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of VermontYes3,8021,6797N/A
University of VirginiaYes5,4862,9698No
University of Washington - SeattleYes7,7753,0402,394No
University of Wisconsin - MadisonNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of WyomingNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Ursinus CollegeYes42116N/A
Vanderbilt UniversityYesN/AN/A453No
Vassar CollegeYes1,13957029No
Villanova UniversityYes5,5532,586104No
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityYes509509240N/A
Virginia Military InstituteYes1515418No
Virginia TechYes20015025No
Wabash CollegeNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Wake Forest UniversityYesN/AN/AN/AN/A
Washington & Jefferson CollegeYesN/AN/AN/ANo
Washington & Lee UniversityYes1,80585631No
Washington State UniversityYes000No
Washington University in St. LouisYesN/AN/A31No
Wayne State UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Wellesley CollegeYes2,0611,22199N/A
Wentworth Institute of TechnologyNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Wesleyan UniversityYes1,9451,07694N/A
West Chester University of PennsylvaniaYes2,2591,2131,138No
West Virginia UniversityN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Western Washington UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Westmont CollegeN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Wheaton College (IL)Yes2586740No
Wheaton College (MA)Yes3951No
Whitman CollegeYesN/AN/AN/ANo
Whittier CollegeNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Willamette UniversityYes2767752N/A
Williams CollegeYes1,85765125No
Wittenberg UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Wofford CollegeYes66622335N/A
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteYes2,5591,157450No
Xavier UniversityYes366N/A311No
Yale UniversityYesN/AN/AN/ANo
Yeshiva UniversityNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
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