13 May 2022

Class of 2026 Waitlist Notification Dates and Stats

Posted in Class of 2026, Waitlist

UPDATE #2 (5/13)

Waitlist Trends (Class of 2024 vs Class of 2025)For those of you who have been waitlisted at one of your top choices, here's our initial update of Class of 2026 waitlist notification dates and status where available.  

To get a sense for what's happening at the macro level, we took a look at recently released Class of 2025 waitlist statistics from 120 private and public institutions.  Our analysis paints the following picture:

  • The number of students admitted from the waitlist declined 46 percent year over year from 61,000 for the Class of 2024 to 33,000 for the Class of 2025
  • On average, 15 percent of Class of 2025 students accepting a place on a waitlist were admitted, down from 32 percent in for the Class of 2024
  • Students admitted from the waitlist accounted for 13 percent of Class of 2025 enrollments, down from 27 percent for the Class of 2024
  • 61 percent of the schools sampled admitted 10 percent or less of the students accepting a place on the waitlist for the Class of 2025 (vs. 28 percent for the Class of 2024)

As expected, surge in waitlist activity brought on by the pandemic to more normal levels with the Class of 2025, as institutions worked through a surge in gap year deferrals, vaccinations kicked into gear and students were finally able to return to campus. We anticipate waitlist activity to continue to moderate for the Class of 2026.

Be sure to bookmark this page as we expect to be updating status over the next several weeks.

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Class of 2026 Waitlist Notification Dates and 2021 Statistics

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InstitutionWaitlist Offered (2021)Waitlist Accepted (2021)Waitlist Admitted (2021)Admit Rate (2021)Notification DateLink
American 3,589 1,082 81 7% by 5/31 Link
Amherst 1,285 788 0 0%    
Bates 2,473 1,245 2 0% most by 6/30, no later than 8/1 Link
Boston College         Reduced WL offers by 40%, expect active list of ~4,500 ADMISSIONS
Brown 0 0 28   begins mid-May, likely to conclude mid-summer; expect 1,000-1,500 students to accept WL invitation Link
Bryn Mawr 1,026 640 17 3%    
Bucknell 3,743 1,736 64 4%    
Cal Poly Pomona 3,996 1,851 152 8% by 6/1 Link
Cal Poly SLO 9,829 0 978   by 7/15 Link
Caltech 268 213 0 0%   Link
Carleton 1,367 580 11 2%    
Carnegie Mellon 8,792 5,319 35 1% priority waitlist begins 5/5, regular waitlist begins 6/1 Link
Case Western 11,494 4,992 364 7%    
Chapman 2,154 836 499 60% after 5/1 Link
Claremont McKenna 897 589 9 2%    
Holy Cross 1,795 731 5 1%    
William & Mary 4,720 2,417 38 2% by 8/1; update mid-June Link
Colorado College 739 174 0 0%    
Connecticut College 1,966 914 11 1% after 5/1 Link
Cornell 7,746 5,800 24 0%   Link
Dartmouth 2,669 2,120 0 0% by 6/30 Link
Dickinson 603 199 4 2% begins mid-April; ~600 offered waitlist spot Link
Emory 6,539 3,883 21 1% 6,447 offered waitlist to Emory College; 3,498 to Oxford College ADMISSIONS
Olin 49 38 0 0% begins 5/1 Link
Georgetown         by 5/15 ADMISSIONS
Georgia Tech 6,613 4,916 275 6% after 5/2 Link
Grinnell         by early July Link
Hamilton 2,964 1,782 0 0% begins 5/1 Link
Harvey Mudd 648 433 0 0% update 2nd week of May; 612 applicants offered place on alternate list Link
Haverford 1,593 955 6 1%    
James Madison 983 595 132 22% majority in June, as late as 8/1 Link
Johns Hopkins         after 5/1 Link
Kenyon 1,826 1,027 1 0% by 6/30 Link
Lafayette 1,836 763 32 4%    
Lehigh 4,124 2,079 102 5%   Link
Lewis & Clark 386 132 2 2%    
Macalester 1,218 535 0 0% by 5/31 Link
Middlebury 1,742 1,716 2 0%    
MIT         update by 5/15 Link
Mt. Holyoke 530 276 2 1% after 5/1 Link
Muhlenberg         by early June Link
NYU         by 8/1 Link
NC State 7,289 2,340 14 1% by 6/15 Link
Oberlin 1,491 1,368 100 7%   Link
Occidental 1,569 747 69 9%    
Ohio State 854 207 0 0% by 6/1 Link
Penn State 2,481 1,519 1,451 96%    
Pitzer 814 357 0 0%    
Pomona 840 570 27 5% update early-mid May Link
Princeton 1,265 1,000 150 15%   Link
Providence 2,700 867 577 67% update mid-May Link
Purdue 6,048 3,442 13 0%    
Reed 3,285 1,066 1 0%    
Rhodes 1,380 687 1 0%    
Saint Michaels         typically by mid-June Link
Santa Clara 4,849 2,951 138 5% typically thru June Link
Scripps 701 320 1 0% begins late May Link
Sewanee 537 144 11 8%    
Skidmore 2,145 1,044 52 5%    
Smith 1,717 891 0 0%    
SMU 1,787 821 236 29%   Link
Stanford 652 535 61 11% by 7/1 Link
SUNY Stony Brook 5,741 2,900 1,166 40%    
TCU 1,745 733 78 11% typically final two weeks of April Link
Trinity College         late April to 7/31 Link
Tufts 2,579 1,264 0 0% by early June Link
Tulane 5,072 1,871 0 0% by 7/1 Link
Union College 541 218 15 7% beginning early May Link
UC Berkeley 11,725 6,871 359 5% between May and August Link
UC Davis         between May and August Link
UC Irvine 8,765 1,288 189 15% between May and August Link
UCLA 15,242 9,897 214 2% between May and August Link
UC Merced 0 0 0   between May and August Link
UC Riverside 12,162 5,997 4,786 80% between May and August Link
UCSD 25,419 8,835 0 0% between May and August Link
UCSB 14,076 9,762 2,093 21% early May - July Link
UCSC 19,170 12,541 6,633 53% between May and August Link
Georgia         early May - July; 3,000 on waitlist Link
UIUC         by late June Link
UMass Amherst 4,056 2,361 1,055 45% beginning mid-May Link
University of Miami 13,095 4,643 13 0% by 6/15 Link
Michigan 17,805 13,063 68 1% typically by mid-June Link
UNC - Chapel Hill 8,957 6,564 167 3% by 6/30 Link
Notre Dame 0 0 0   Expect 50-150 students will ultimately be admitted Link
URichmond 3,891 886 9 1%    
USD 3,711 1,467 378 26% after 5/1 Link
Virginia 8,690 4,924 86 2% by 6/30 Link
Washington 10,239 4,565 775 17%   Link
Wisconsin 8,128 4,335 14 0% by 7/31 Link
Vanderbilt 0 0 181   early May - end of June Link
Vassar 1,526 634 96 15% early May to 7/1 Link
Virginia Tech 14,952 9,176 3,292 36% by 7/1 Link
Washington and Lee 2,207 1,150 11 1% after 5/1 Link
WUSTL         by 6/30 Link
Wellesley 0 0 0   before 8/1 Link
Wesleyan 3,585 2,031 10 0% by 6/30 Link
Wheaton - IL         by 8/1; updates at end of May, June & July Link
Williams 2,371 929 1 0% begins in May Link
WPI 2,413 978 0 0%    
Yale 1,030 774 4 1% 1,000 offered WL spot Link