College Waiting Lists Bigger Than Ever
Uncertain economy has schools, students hedging bets
By Jane Yager, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2010 8:56 AM CDT
The campus of Duke University.   (?Ivy Dawned)

(Newser) – The odds aren't looking good for the 3,382 high school seniors currently wait-listed by Duke—the college thinks it will probably end up taking only about 60 of them. Duke is far from the only college to dump record numbers of applicants into admissions purgatory this year, as economic uncertainty has both colleges and applicants hedging their bets, the New York Times reports.

Students are applying to more colleges than usual—15 in some cases—which pushes up applicant numbers (27,000 in Duke's case) and leaves colleges uncertain about how many of their accepted students will attend, hence the cushion of a big waiting list. And most waiting lists aren't actually ranked lists, but rather pools from which admissions officers will take whatever kinds of students their incoming class turns out to be short on, be it bassoon players or English majors—meaning there's nothing much wait-listed students can do to improve their chances.

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Apr 14, 2010 5:10 PM CDT
Ive been accepted to the university of north texas and its not ivy league or anything but its a good school and it angers me when i see my fellow students around me who cheat, or take schooling as a joke. Only serious people should attend a university, itll save thge rest of people time and money. There are many more acceptable jobs and trade schools people can attend, and they still have the oppurtunity to make just as much money as a college graduate. BUT PLEASE leave the universitites alone unless you take your education and ehem tuition seriously. COLLEGE AINT CHEAP!!!!
Apr 14, 2010 3:14 PM CDT
Here is what you never get told in the press: average application: 50 bucks. Now turn to any of the books on colleges. They tell you number of applicants for top schools, and also what percentage get accepted. In fact, elete schools make a few million every year just on those app[lying but not getting in. the more that apply, the more application money they take in. What does it take to send out a rejection letter? a stamp, a piece of paper=50.00$ for each one.
Apr 14, 2010 2:51 PM CDT
Too many people go to college nowadays. I hate to agree with Neil Bortz but I was listening to his show by fluke one day, and said we are going to wind up with Phd's hanging sheetrock. I don't think it's that extreme but I definitely agree with the point. There are an awful lot of grads waiting tables.