You’ve decided what career you want to pursue and started taking the prerequisites required for your program of choice. You’re excited for the next step, but the program you’ve chosen has a waitlist.
So, what does it mean to be on a program waitlist? The good news is that your application was not denied. Waitlists are especially common for nursing and healthcare programs at public and community colleges. Despite high numbers of applicants, your application was strong enough to remain in consideration!
Put simply, being on a waitlist means that the program you applied to cannot immediately meet the demand of all the people who applied. Because they don’t have enough faculty or classroom resources, some qualified applicants—like you—are being asked to wait until space opens up.
Some programs have a waiting list that applies only to the next start date. If people drop out, others from the waitlist take their place. After that start date, all waitlist applicants must reapply. In other cases, being on a waitlist means you’re guaranteed a start date sometime in the future. Whatever the situation, you have options. If you’re on a program waitlist, here’s what to do now.
1. Gather information
Talk with admissions about how long the wait list is and where you appear on the list. Ask how many waitlisted students typically get in for the next start date and whether you’ll need to reapply in the future if you’re not one of those students.
If being on the waitlist guarantees you a spot in the future, see how long you’ll likely have to wait for that spot. Months? Years? If it’s not clear from past communications, find out if there’s anything you must do to accept and save that waitlist spot.
2. Don’t wait in silence
When talking with admissions, reiterate your interest in the program and see if there’s a way to move up on the waitlist. If you’ve completed additional prerequisites or have additional experience, another letter of recommendation, or other related information to share, notify admissions to see if that helps your application status.
Just be careful not to overdo it; weekly check-ins won’t help. And if you’re asked not to submit additional documentation, always follow your school’s guidance.
3. Ace your prerequisites
If you’re taking prerequisites or general education courses, maintain your focus and work ethic. Study hard and earn the best grades you can to show that you’re serious about your career and your future.
4. Consider other schools
Many private colleges offer quality degree programs without a waitlist. If you want to keep moving with your education, research other schools in your area where you can start your program faster. Tour any school you’re considering to get a feel for the campus and faculty. Ask about transfer credit, accreditation, class sizes, financial aid, program outcomes, admissions criteria, and of course whether they have a waitlist. By finding a school and program without a waitlist, you can begin your new career much faster!
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Our career-focused programs feature hands-on learning experiences and personalized attention from experienced faculty. As for waitlists, the vast majority of our programs have none, helping you enter the workforce in less time than many of other local schools. Find us in:
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