A. April 12th update to waitlisted applicants
Since mid-February, U of M have been monitoring the space situation in the freshman class, and in each of the University’s freshman admitting colleges. As space has become available, they have admitted a number of additional students whose original decision was waitlist. Also, based on the additional review of student applications, they have sent final deny decisions to ensure that students have information regarding their deny decisions and can make alternative plans for fall enrollment. Please note that students receiving a deny decision also receive information about transfer planning in case they wish to consider transferring to the University at a future time.
Students remaining on the waitlist on April 12th will be notified via email that, at this time, we are not able to offer them admission. Waitlisted students will have the option to let U of M know whether or not they wish to remain on the waitlist and again be considered for admission should space become available.
B. Next steps for applicants who wish to remain on the waitlist for future consideration should space become available
As you may know, the number of enrollment confirmations they receive between now and the May 1st confirmation deadline will determine whether there is any space available in the freshman class.
Because waitlisted applicants have many other college choices that they are considering, the U of M message to students that they should pursue their other options for college.
University of Minnesota’s admissions staff are very closely monitoring the enrollment confirmations each week, and if they determine that space is available, the overall strongest applicants will be admitted from the waitlist. As we have indicated in the email to students, applicants selected for admission will be notified in writing of their admission decisions as soon as possible, but no later than June 15, 2016.
On June 15th, students who have not been admitted will receive an update on the Application Tracker website, indicating that their freshman class has filled and that they are not able to admit additional students.
What does a waitlist decision mean?
Based on an individual, overall assessment of their application materials, some students will be placed on a waitlist, meaning that we believe that the student has the potential for success at the University; however, we have admitted the overall strongest applicants from the applicant pool, and do not have space to make additional offers, at this time. Following the May 1st deadline, when we are able to fully assess the number of admitted students who have confirmed their enrollment, we will be able to determine whether space remains in the freshman class. Until that time, we do not know whether space will be available in the freshman class.
Each of the colleges at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities has an enrollment limit to ensure that students have access to resources and services necessary for their success. This enrollment limit is the specific number of students that the college can accommodate with student success as the key objective.
When possible, waitlisted students will be admitted on the basis of space and an overall assessment of their applications. They do not have a numbered or ranked waitlist. Rather, as space becomes available, they review the pool of waitlisted applicants, and the overall strongest applicants are offered admission based on an assessment of students’ application materials, including their academic preparation and interests.
Have any waitlisted students been offered admission?
To date, U of M have admitted several hundred additional students who were previously waitlisted to the University, and we have moved a small number of additional students to their first-choice colleges.
What are students’ chances of being admitted from the waitlist?
The number of students to whom they will be able to offer admission will depend on the number of enrollment confirmations they receive for each of the freshman-admitting colleges. Because not all admitted students accept their offer of admission, and student behavior and therefore yield rates fluctuate each year, the number of confirmations we receive between now and the May 1 national enrollment decision deadline will determine whether there are spaces available in the University of Minneosta colleges.
If students are admitted from the waitlist, when will they hear?
As admissions staff monitor enrollment confirmations each week, they evaluate the space situation in each college and make a determination regarding whether or not we can extend any additional admission offers. Students admitted from the waitlist will receive these decisions between now and June 15. Please know that they will notify students as quickly as possible if space becomes available.
Is there anything waitlisted student can do to increase their chances of being admitted?
As space becomes available, we automatically reconsider students for admission based on an overall assessment of their applications. The overall strongest applicants are offered admission based on their academic preparation and interests.
Submitting additional information, such as letters of recommendation or updated grade reports that do not significantly change the application picture, is not compelling enough to warrant a different decision. Waitlisted students do have the option to submit a waitlist appeal, but we counsel them to do so on the basis of extenuating personal circumstances or substantial new academic information. Waitlist appeal information should be based on information not previously included in application materials such that it was not considered yet in the decision review.
What about housing and financial aid for students who are admitted from the waitlist?
Students do have the option of applying for housing, whether they have or have not been admitted. There is a non-refundable housing application of $25.
Students offered admission prior to April 18th will have a May 1st enrollment confirmation deadline, and will be eligible for the freshman housing guarantee (meaning that they should apply for housing by May 1 to be guaranteed housing). This information is explained fully in a student’s admission packet. Students with any questions, should contact their admission counselor.
Any student offered admission April 18th or later will have two weeks from the date of admission to confirm their enrollment. The University’s Office of Housing and Residential Life will also extend the freshman housing guarantee to late admits as long as they have space available. As long as the guarantee is extended, students will also have two weeks from their date of admission to qualify for the housing guarantee. Again, this information is explained fully in a student’s admission packet.
The Office of Student Finance will provide students with their estimated financial aid award notices as quickly as possible.
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or if we can be of assistance. You may reach us on the High School Counselor Hotline (612-626-8378) or toll-free (1-800-752-1000), or view our Online Counselor Lookup to find the admissions counselor assigned to your high school.