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UC Waitlist and Appeal Help, Fall 2016

UC appeal and waitlistsAs UC admission notices are rolled out some of you may be waitlisted or denied admittance.


First some good news: Last year UCLA had a fairly large waitlist and a lot of students got admitted (unfortunately, many had to wait until July to hear). Davis also had a substantial waitlist, and my hunch is the other UCs will follow suit.  Part of the reason last year, supposedly, was that the UCs weren’t sure how many additional students might be added due to on-going budget negotiations.

However, I believe that is partly a smokescreen. A larger view could be that, like numerous universities across the country, the UCs are using a waitlist to manipulate yield. In a nutshell, it goes like this:  More students are likely to accept admittance if they hang in throughout the arduous waitlist process. Thus, their notice of admittance off a waitlist will be met with a resounding, “Hell, yeah!”

Some universities are using this ploy if they think a student might possibly be using their campus as a safety — in other words, the student really has his or her sights on another school.  Offering admittance and then having the student pass can affect the university ranking.

This is just my analysis of what is going on. You can read more here. But bottom line is, whereas in the past very few got admitted off a waitlist, I think a lot more are being admitted, which means if you really want that UC, hang in there. If the UC offers the option of a waitlist letter, definitely write one. You need to let the UC know you want them, no ifs, ands, or buts.

Here’s where I come in. I offer guidance with waitlist letters.


If you were denied admission, but think you have a strong reason for an appeal — something that was left off of the original application that may have bearing, or you think the UC made a legitimate mistake in their analysis (it happens), be sure to write a letter.  NOTE: They will not consider something new because it isn’t fair to other applicants. So, if something great happened in your last spring term, it won’t have an impact.

And what a coincidence. I also offer guidance with appeals letters.

So, why me you might ask?
My background as a journalist, screenplay writer, and a dozen plus years in marketing enable me to guide you in persuasive content.  I understand how to phrase things for emotive and actionable response. But I want to make it clear while I have helped guide numerous students, I never take credit for getting anyone in and never ever list dubious stats. I didn’t get you in – you got yourself in.  Always remember that. I just helped create a breadcrumb path.

Appeal or Waitlist Letter Support
I offer guidance with appeals and waitlists. (Depending on needs, usually around $40.) Click here for info

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Lindy is an independent UC admissions consultant, who works with both transfers and freshmen. She also has just completed her first novel, a supernatural thriller set in San Francisco.

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