College wait lists: Many in limbo
Many selective colleges push hundreds or even thousands of applicants into limbo in April by placing them on wait lists, leaving open the possibility of admission if space in the class opens up. Here is an analysis of how dozens of prominent colleges and universities used wait lists in 2014 and 2015. First, they offer places on the list. Then, students decide whether to accept or forgo a wait list spot. Finally, colleges let students know (usually in May) whether they will be offered admission. Note: Categories marked as "n/a" indicate that data was not available. Top colleges put thousands of applicants in wait list limbo, and some won't admit any.
SOURCE: Responses to Common Data Set questionnaire and information from school officials..