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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 366 of America’s most selective colleges and universities for the 2015-2016 academic year. Data was collected from various institution websites.

InstitutionOffered WaitlistAccepted WaitlistAccepted from List
Agnes Scott CollegeNRNRNR
Allegheny College13413412
American University1,2527324
Amherst College1,34160061
Appalachian State University64962195
Bard College6671470
Barnard College1,10857321
Bates College1,59569426
Baylor University7,5491,76649
Beloit College1031
Bentley University1,65052536
Boston College4,6952,542210
Boston University3,5031,8032
Bowdoin CollegeNRNRNR
Brandeis University1,4055853
Brown UniversityNRNRNR
Bryn Mawr College69635133
Bucknell University1,82270557
California Institute of Technology61548247
Carleton College1,2753719
Carnegie Mellon University3,1041,63073
Case Western Reserve University8,4934,670792
Centre College124318
Claremont McKenna College61434938
Clark University65123290
Colby College1,40066231
Colgate University1,70776656
College of Charleston53719255
College of William and Mary3,6031,52659
College of the Holy Cross8163430
Colorado College87419824
Colorado School of Mines1,8001366
Columbia University in the City of New YorkNRNRNR
Connecticut College1,29856073
Cornell University3,1432,02696
Dartmouth College1,8551,1330
Davidson CollegeNRNRNR
Denison University20715211
Dickinson College8012800
Duke UniversityNRNRNR
Duquesne UniversityNRNRNR
East Carolina UniversityNRNRNR
Eckerd College573317
Elon University3,1931,265208
Emerson College1,7111,127272
Emory UniversityNRNRNR
Franklin and Marshall College1,38541176
Furman University1974217
George Washington University3,4641,01387
Georgetown University2,1881,301114
Georgia College and State University50500
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus3,9002,150174
Georgia Southern UniversityNRNRNR
Georgia State UniversityNRNRNR
Gettysburg CollegeNRNRNR
Gonzaga University555171162
Goucher College56408
Grinnell College1,53260270
Guilford CollegeNRNRNR
Hamilton College91943821
Hampshire College2419027
Harvard UniversityNRNRNR
Harvey Mudd College59639914
Haverford College8313685
Hobart William Smith Colleges76318921
James Madison University3,6841,987166
Johns Hopkins University1,8761,1431
Juniata CollegeNRNRNR
Kalamazoo College36511161
Kenyon College2,39764238
Knox College5281
Lafayette College1,82746437
Lawrence University1019533
Lehigh University3,6911,2962
Lewis & Clark College39614621
Macalester College510269215
Massachusetts Institute of Technology63355528
Middlebury College1,5256631
Mount Holyoke College4402684
New York UniversityNRNRNR
North Carolina State University at RaleighNRNRNR
Northeastern UniversityNRNRNR
Northwestern UniversityNRNRNR
Oberlin CollegeNRNRNR
Occidental College79229765
Ohio State University-Main Campus1,397239239
Pennsylvania State University-Main CampusNRNRNR
Pepperdine UniversityNRNRNR
Pitzer CollegeNRNRNR
Pomona College6513240
Princeton University1,13881841
Purdue University-Main Campus1,2151,208368
Quinnipiac University1,600890220
Reed College82935159
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute4,9842,85177
Rhodes College73815452
Rice University2,1581,256150
Scripps College6832770
Sewanee-The University of the South238757
Skidmore College1,6923850
Smith College65636279
St Lawrence University942111
St Olaf College56246775
Stanford University9586957
Swarthmore CollegeNRNRNR
The University of Texas at Austin76921318
Trinity College1,76666416
Tufts UniversityNRNRNR
University of California-Los AngelesNRNRNR
University of ChicagoNRNRNR
University of Delaware3,6891,5490
University of FloridaNRNRNR
University of Georgia92158417
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign3,0081,8751,015
University of KansasNRNRNR
University of Mary Washington468113105
University of MiamiNRNRNR
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor12,6314,45791
University of North Carolina Wilmington147NRNR
University of North Carolina at AshevilleNRNRNR
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill3,1541,56331
University of North Carolina at CharlotteNRNRNR
University of North Carolina at GreensboroNRNRNR
University of Notre DameNRNRNR
University of Oregon1,302441300
University of Pennsylvania2,6511,600136
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus2,492572289
University of Puget Sound47717011
University of RedlandsNRNRNR
University of Richmond3,6211,46612
University of Rochester2,66275021
University of San Diego2,02877251
University of South Carolina-ColumbiaNRNRNR
University of Southern CaliforniaNRNRNR
University of Vermont3,093748175
University of Virginia-Main Campus5,5433,45642
University of Washington-Seattle Campus2,150900198
University of Wisconsin-MadisonNRNRNR
Vanderbilt University6,0161,736209
Vassar College1,41758561
Villanova University5,0811,943464
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University2,2941,587750
Wake Forest UniversityNRNRNR
Washington & Jefferson College51140
Washington University in St LouisNRNRNR
Washington and Lee University2,27182772
Wellesley College1,18268785
Wesleyan University1,95589370
Wheaton College (IL)44914964
Whitman College86231559
Williams College1,23859470
Wofford College47162
Yale UniversityNRNRNR
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