It's waiting list season! I can't help but be excited about this part of the process because we get to make admission offers to some of the students we really wanted to take, but couldn't fit into the class back during the RD review. We like to move quickly, so let me explain what is happening around here...
When we finished the transfer review, we moved right into re-reading the applications of our students on the waiting list. Remember that about half the people who are offered a spot on the list opt to take one and they fall into ten areas - Virginia and out-of-state (OOS) students for each of the five academic areas that take first year students (Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Nursing, and Kinesiology). I don't know how much space there is in the class at this point. The admitted students had until midnight to accept their offers and some of their deposits may still be processing.
How Do Offers Come?
When we make an offer to someone on the waiting list, they get a new decision letter in SIS. We always call students to give them a heads up that their status is going to change and explain what to do next. You'll have a few days to think things over and submit a deposit if you get an offer.
Obviously, some tell us they aren't interested anymore when we call and that's totally fine. We realize that students on the waiting list have deposited elsewhere and may have gotten excited about another school since accepting their spot on UVA's waiting list.
When Will Offers Come?
We try to call the number on the application between the end of the school day and 5 PM, when our office closes.
It could take several weeks for this to play out. We'll make a few offers, give those students a couple days to deposit, make a few more offers, give those students a few days...this repeats until the class is complete. We usually finish things up in June. Looking back at my "the class is full" blog posts, we finished the waiting list process on June 22, June 6, June 3, and June 11 in past years.
What Do Applicants on the Waiting List Do Next?
Keep focusing on school work and your other commitments while hoping for the best.
The accept/decline buttons remain visible in SIS so you have the option of removing yourself from the waiting list at any point. If you have anything to add to your file, send it to email@example.com right away.
Having done this for a while, I know there are questions coming that I can not answer. Please understand that there are times when I can't talk about everything that is happening in our office. Rest assured we move as quickly as possible. We are eager to see the Class of 2020 complete!