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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, Lehigh, Pomona, and Johns Hopkins somewhere between zero and three students are likely to be plucked from the waitlist. On the other hand, Williams, Wesleyan, Vassar, and Washington and Lee 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 2015-2016 academic year. Data was collected from various institution websites.

InstitutionOffered WaitlistAccepting Waitlist OfferAdmitted from Waitlist
Allegheny College22322314
American University 4,049609
Amherst College 1,14459060
Appalachian State University 1,288215
Babson College 1,723681
Barnard College 1,703 1,22251
Bates College 1,6407737
Baylor University 7,558 1,459 1,349
Bentley University 2,082693
Boston College 6,477 3,79116
Boston University 4,399 2,5847
Bowdoin CollegeNA
Brandeis University 1,8266688
Brown University 1,63185
Bryn Mawr College73431321
Bucknell University 2,883 1,30155
Butler University64049
California Institute of Technology37643
California Poly, San Luis Obispo 3,16815
Carleton College 1,31552141
Carnegie Mellon University 5,609 2,8344
Case Western Reserve University 7,178 4,252586
Claremont McKenna College7234041
Colby College 2,24295732
Colgate University 1,50074537
College of the Atlantic31121
College of the Holy Cross 1,109444
College of William and Mary 4,392 2,35569
Colorado College76321216
Connecticut College 1,26054348
Cooper Union13613219
Cornell University 5,714 3,72375
Dartmouth College 2,021 1,345
Davidson College31
Dickinson College62825235
Drew University106197
Duke University92
Elon University 2,117695153
Emerson College 1,08061045
Emory University 4,277 2,99241
Fordham University 9,009 2,60048
Franklin & Marshall College 2,33516
George Washington University 5,629 2,08227
Georgetown University 2,473 1,57150
Georgia Institute of Technology 4,241 2,82221
Grinnell College 1,12653412
Hamilton College 1,29962933
Harvard University
Harvey Mudd College51036163
Haverford College 1,15248337
Hofstra University2525417
Ithaca College95324129
Johns Hopkins University 2,741 1,6283
Juniata College1010
Kenyon College 1,65676638
Knox College941710
Lafayette College 1,708412111
Lehigh University 6,516 2,79953
Lewis & Clark College43918124
Macalester College356192104
Massachusetts Institute of Technology52738914
Miami University 2,86060445
Michigan State University 2,687 1,994530
Middlebury College 1,25954021
Muhlenberg College 1,53032978
New College of Florida923820
New York University
Northeastern University
Northwestern University 2,905 1,89265
Oberlin College 1,125752124
Occidental College 1,080480
Ohio State University 5,051 1,283852
Pepperdine University 1,3867762
Pitzer College93886022
Pomona College93454116
Princeton University 1,168826101
Reed College 1,659511
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 4,803 2,66222
Rhodes College 1,00821451
Rice University 2,080 1,32817
Rollins College206848
San Diego State University 3,279 1,6309
Sarah Lawrence College 1,14557679
Scripps College4952391
Sewanee: University of the South80910715
Skidmore College 2,30046160
Smith College93147119
Southern Methodist University 1,42358269
Southwestern University117309
Spelman College54617720
St. Lawrence University85
St. Olaf College78417120
Stanford University84265636
SUNY Stony Brook 3,778 1,69768
SUNY, Binghamton University 1,543374
Swarthmore College44
Syracuse University 9,023 2,601 1,202
Texas Christian University 1,858763473
The College of New Jersey 2,40559720
Trinity University59230443
Tufts University 1,504635
Tulane University 5,596 1,672
Union College 1,06652339
United States Naval Academy1931605
University of California, Berkeley 7,459 3,725 2,045
University of California, Davis 8,263 2,922435
University of California, Irvine 9,235 5,291526
University of California, Los AngelesNA
University of California, San Diego 9,465 5,998967
University of California, Santa Barbara 6,650 4,000960
University of ChicagoNA
University of Connecticut, Storrs 3,451 2,047188
University of Florida
University of Miami 8,286 2,37371
University of Michigan 11,127 4,124470
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 5,097 2,33935
University of North Carolina at Wilmington 1,065383166
University of Notre Dame 1,50890196
University of Oklahoma 1,929 1,929163
University of Pennsylvania 3,458 2,32758
University of Portland 2,01739317
University of Rhode Island 1,13432643
University of Richmond 3,383 1,58153
University of Rochester 3,203 1,7506
University of San Francisco 1,414369102
University of Southern CaliforniaNA
University of Vermont 3,988876
University of Virginia 5,961 3,615117
Vanderbilt University178
Vassar College98547274
Villanova University 6,276 2,545211
Virginia Tech 3,485 2,404
Wake Forest University50
Washington and Lee University 1,63473732
Washington University128
Wellesley College 2,032 1,15336
Wesleyan University 2,267 1,233108
West Chester University of Pennsylvania64010474
Wheaton College (MA)96175
Williams College 1,796673
Worcester Polytechnic Institute 2,187 1,093102
Yale UniversityNA
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