Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Waitlist
Students placed on Dickinson's waitlist demonstrate intellectual and academic promise, but we simply do not have room in the class of 2017 for everyone. Students are not offered a place on the waitlist unless the Admissions Committee is confident that they are capable of academic success at Dickinson should space become available.
Q. How many students are offered positions from the waitlist each year?
A. In recent years, Dickinson has admitted some students from the waitlist, but that number fluctuates—last year we accepted nearly 20; the year before, it was only two; the year before that, about a dozen; and the year prior to that, nearly 50. In April, we carefully monitor enrollment deposits, and the number of positions we have available will depend on this tracking to inform our decision about if/when we can move to the waitlist.
Q. How many students are on the waitlist?
A. This number will vary from year to year, but fewer than 800 students were provided a waitlist offer this year. Understand that while we send waitlist letters to numerous students, when we actually move to use the waitlist we first consider students who have indicated that they would like to remain on the waitlist. This number will be significantly lower than the actual number of waitlist offers we extend.
Q. Is the waitlist ranked?
A. No. As noted above, demonstrated student interest is an important way waitlisted students can advocate for themselves.
Q. What should a waitlisted student do to strengthen his/her position on the waitlist?
A. There are several steps you can take:
- Be sure to complete the online “waitlist reply” form. This will indicate that you would like to remain active.
- Contact your regional counselor and reiterate interest/fit.
- Submit additional letter of interest or supporting materials to your regional counselor.
- Schedule a time to talk to a counselor during the new waitlist call-in program April 16-18.
Q. When will students be notified of their status?
A. We may go to the waitlist as early as mid-April. However, there is also the possibility that we won’t know if we can go to the waitlist until a later date (after May 1). It is important that you have placed an enrollment deposit with another college by the May 1 Candidates Reply Date. While the enrollment deposit is often nonrefundable, it is important that you secure a place for the fall should the opportunity for admission from Dickinson’s waitlist not become available.
Q. Can waitlisted students come to campus for an interview?
A. We encourage you to arrange an appointment during the waitlist call-in program and/or send a follow-up interest letter. If a campus visit will help you assess whether you want to remain active on our waitlist, you may do so. When possible, a brief conversation may be scheduled with an admissions counselor to address questions and allow for student advocacy.
Q. Will waitlisted students be offered financial aid?
A. If we offer you acceptance from the waitlist, we will only do so with the good faith that we can fund your demonstrated need as evidenced by information submitted on the CSS PROFILE.
Q. Can waitlisted students visit during a spring program?
A. We understand the importance of and would welcome your visit if you feel it will help you to determine your interest in remaining active on Dickinson’s waitlist. Our visit options page outlines options for information sessions, tours and day visits.
Q. Do waitlisted students have to schedule a call-in appointment?
A. No, these appointments simply provide another way for you to advocate for yourself. If you wish to be considered for admission as places become available, it is important that you have completed the online waitlist form (accessible through the applicant Web site). You may also send in additional supporting materials, and contact your regional counselor to express your interest.
Q. Is it possible for waitlisted students to schedule an appointment at another time?
A. Yes, you may schedule an appointment by e-mailing your regional counselor directly to arrange another date and time. We recommend doing so by the middle of April.