Admit It! This is not the decision you hoped for. We totally get that. We know that you had hoped for an answer, something final…and a waitlist isn’t that. Please understand that the small size of W&M is what attracts so many great students to apply. That leaves us with so many outstanding students worthy of admission and some tough decisions to make. Those students who we waitlist are very, very qualified. You are students who we’d love to have here on our campus if we just had a little more room in the entering class. You didn’t do anything wrong, or to put it another way, there’s nothing you could have done differently or better. You are competitive for admission, and if we are able to admit students from the waitlist, we will consider your application again.
So what do you do now? Well, first consider the options that you do have, and make sure you submit an enrollment deposit to one of them so you ensure yourself a space in the entering class next fall. Then consider whether or not you wish to attend W&M if given the chance. You don’t have to make that decision right away. Give yourself a few days or even a few weeks. If you do still seriously wish to be considered, then submit your waitlist response via the link in your decision email.
Waitlisted students do not need to submit any additional materials to us. However, if you wish to submit final grades when they become available, please do. Furthermore, you can submit a statement of continued interest to us (either via your regional dean or via our office in general).
After that, it’s truly a waiting game, for both you and for us. We will closely monitor our enrollment in the freshman class between now and early to mid-May. This blog will provide updates in May if there are updates to share (sometimes, as we wait, the update is that there is no update). There is no way to predict whether or not we will go to the waitlist. Linked in your decision email is a waitlist FAQ. Review it when you can; it answers most questions about this process. If we are able to admit additional students we have to then review those students on the waitlist, convene the Committee and decide who among those students is the most competitive for admission. This process takes some time. We do promise to send an update via email to all students remaining on the waitlist by mid-June.
Until then, we wish you all the best as your college search concludes.
Wendy Livingston ’03, M.Ed. ‘09
Associate Dean of Admission