Information adapted from adMISSION POSSIBLE®.
Get ready to work. Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz recommends that you:
Notify a school that you want to remain on the waitlist. It's best to choose one waitlist to remain on rather than work to get acceptance from multiple waitlists.
Follow all waitlist instructions—call the admissions office if directions are vague or nonexistent.
Write a letter (not an email, unless told to do so) to the college, indicating your continued interest.
Ask your counselor to contact the college on your behalf after you've made the initial contact.
Ask someone credible (principal, well-known alum of the college, highly respected teacher) who thinks highly of you to write a letter of recommendation.
Ask a professor, administrator, or alum from the college, who you or your parents know, to contact the admissions office on your behalf after you've made initial contact.
If you have the time and means, ask the admissions office if you can plead your case in person.
Keep in contact with the admissions office, but don't be a nuisance.