Class of 2026 Waitlist Notification Dates and Stats

If you’ve been waitlisted at one of your preferred schools, here’s a list of 2022 waitlist data for some of the most popular private and public schools, along with notification dates and the most recent status where applicable.

Our sample of waitlist statistics from 100 private and public institutions paints the following picture:

  • The number of students admitted from the waitlist rose 97 percent year over year from 22,223 in 2019 to 43,867 in 2021
  • On average, 29 percent of students accepting a place on a waitlist were admitted in 2020, up from 18 percent in 2020
  • 33 percent of the schools admitted 10 percent or less of the students accepting a place on the waitlist last year (vs. 48 percent in 2019)
  • 17 percent of the schools admitted 5 percent or less (vs. 29 percent in 2019)
  • 3 percent admitted no one (vs. 8 percent in 2019)

These results come as no surprise given the uncertainty brought on by the pandemic last cycle. That said, we strongly caution against assuming a similar level of waitlist activity this cycle as much of this uncertainty is now behind us and most schools are resuming normal operations.

Class of 2026 Regular Notification Dates

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InstitutionOfficial Notification Date (2022)Updated Notification Date (2022)Actual Notification Date (2021)
American Universityby 4/13/16 4pm ET3/17 3pm ET
Amherst Collegearound 3/203/18 6:21pm ET3/29 6:21pm ET
Babson Collegemid-March3/183/19 afternoon ET
Bard Collegeend of March 3/16
Barnard Collegelate March 3/31 7pm ET
Bates Collegeby 4/13/123/13 by 12pm ET
Boston Collegeby 4/1 3/25 after 6pm ET
Boston Universitylate March to early April3/263/27
Bowdoin Collegemid-March3/18 7pm ET3/19 7pm ET
Brandeis University4/1 3/18 evening ET
Brigham Young University – Provo2/21  
Brown Universityend of March3/31 7pm ET4/6 7pm ET
Bryn Mawr Collegeby 4/1 3/22 4pm ET
Bucknell Universityby 4/13/16 9pm ET3/17 9pm ET
California Institute of Technologymid-March3/12 6:24am PT3/6
Carleton Collegeby 4/13/18 8pm CT3/18 8pm CT
Carnegie Mellon Universityby 4/1 3/27 after 9am ET
Case Western Reserve University3/19  
Chapman Universitymid-March3/93/10
Claremont McKenna Collegeby 4/13/24 5pm PT3/25 after 5pm PT
Clark Universitylate March3/16 afternoon ET3/20
Colby Collegeby 4/13/183/19 5pm ET
Colgate Universityby 4/13/23 8:13pm ET3/24 8:13pm ET
College of the Holy Crossmid-March3/193/20
College of William and Maryby 4/1 3/30
Colorado Collegemid-March3/14 4pm MT3/16 4pm MT
Columbia Universityearly April 4/6 7pm ET
Connecticut Collegelate March3/193/20 10am ET
Cornell Universityearly April3/31 7pm ET4/6 7pm ET
Dartmouth Collegeearly April 4/6 7pm ET
Davidson Collegeby 4/13/26 10am ET3/27 10am ET
Denison Universitymid-March3/10 6:31pm ET3/5
Dickinson Collegelate March3/103/15 3pm ET
Drexel Universityby 4/13/173/19
Duke Universitylate March/early April 4/5 7pm ET
Emerson College4/13/153/16
Emory University (Emory)by 4/1 3/24 6pm ET
Emory University (Oxford)by 4/1 3/24 6pm ET
Fordham Universityby 4/13/15 afternoon ET3/15
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineeringlate March 3/26
Franklin and Marshallby 4/13/93/16 7pm ET
George Washington Universityearly April 3/26
Georgetown University4/1 3/26
Georgia Institute of Technologymid-March3/5 12pm ET (GA), 3/25 7pm ET (non-GA)3/13 12pm ET
Gettysburg Collegelate March3/14 5pm ET3/16 5pm ET
Grinnell Collegelate March/early April3/113/12 4pm CT
Hamilton Collegelate March3/25 8pm ET3/18 8pm ET
Harvard Universitylate March 4/6 7pm ET
Harvey Mudd College4/13/17 6pm PT3/18 6pm PT
Haverford Collegeearly April3/18 7pm ET3/19 7pm ET
James Madison Universitymid-late March3/93/11
Johns Hopkins Universityby 4/13/18 3pm ET3/19 3pm ET
Kenyon Collegemid-March 3/17
Lafayette Collegemid-late March3/24 4pm ETmailed 3/19, online 3/24 4pm ET
Lehigh Universitylate March 3/25
Loyola Marymount Universityearly April3/43/9
Macalester College3/273/143/21
Middlebury Collegelate March3/26 8am ET3/27
Miami University – Oxford3/15 3/22
MITmid-March3/14 6:20pm ET3/14 6:28pm ET
Mount Holyoke Collegelate March3/22 7pm ET3/23 evening ET
Muhlenberg Collegemid-March3/9 4pm ET3/10 4pm ET
New York University4/1 3/31
North Carolina State3/30 3/26
Northeastern Universityby 4/13/16 evening ET3/17
Northwestern Universitylate March 3/26
Oberlin College4/13/193/20
Occidental College4/1 3/25 5pm PT
Ohio State University – Columbus 3/18 
Pepperdine University4/13/18 
Pitzer Collegeby 4/13/18 4pm PT3/19 4pm PT
Pomona Collegeby 4/13/18 5pm PT3/25 5pm PT
Princeton UniversityApril 4/6 7pm ET
Providence Collegeby 4/13/14 evening ET3/15
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute3/12 3/6 evening ET
Rice Universityby 4/1 3/30 5pm CT
Saint Michaels Collegeby 4/12/27 
Santa Clara Universitylate March3/16by 3/18
Sarah Lawrence Collegelate March/early April 3/17
Scripps Collegeby 4/13/193/22
Sewanee: The University of the Southearly March3/2 6pm CT3/3 7pm CT
Skidmore Collegemid-March3/163/15
Smith Collegelate March 3/26
Southern Methodist Universitymid-March3/14 evening CT 
Stanford Universityby 4/1 4/9
Swarthmore Collegemid-March3/18 7pm ET3/19 7pm ET
Syracuse Universitylate March3/183/19
Texas Christian University 3/16 
Trinity Collegelate March3/14 evening ET3/11 evening ET
Tufts Universityby 4/13/29 7pm PT3/30 7pm ET
Tulane Universityby 4/1 3/31 3pm CT
Union College3/19 3/20
University of California – Berkeleyend of March3/243/25
University of California – Davismid-March3/11mid-late March
University of California – Irvineby 3/313/183/12
University of California – Los Angeleslate March3/183/19
University of California – Mercedbegins 3/1 3/18 4pm PT
University of California – Riversidebegins 3/1  
University of California – San Diegoby 3/313/183/19
University of California – Santa Barbaramid-March3/22 3pm PT3/16
University of California – Santa Cruz3/15-3/31  
University of Chicagolate March3/11 4pm CT3/12 late afternoon CT
University of Connecticut – Storrsbegins 3/12/25 1pm ET 
University of Floridalate February2/25 6pm ET2/26 6pm ET
University of Georgiamid-March3/18 late afternoon ET3/19
University of Illinois – Urbana Champaignby 3/12/25 4pm CT2/19
University of Maryland – College Parkby 4/1 3/31
University of Massachusetts – Amherstfirst week of March to mid-Aprilbegins 2/9mid-February to early March
University of Miami4/1 3/26
University of Michigan – Ann Arborearly April  
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hillby 3/31 3/26
University of Notre Damelate March3/17 6:42pm ET3/26 6:42pm ET
University of PennsylvaniaApril 4/6 7pm ET
University of Richmond4/13/18 7pm ET3/12
University of Rochester4/13/183/23 evening ET
University of Southern Californiaby 4/13/253/30
University of Texas – Austinby 3/1  
University of Vermontearly March3/4 5pm ET 
University of Virginiaby 4/13/18 eve ET3/25 evening ET
University of Wisconsin – Madisonby 3/31  
Vanderbilt Universitylate March  3/29 after 5pm CT
Vassar Collegelate March 3/31 close of business ET
Villanova Universityby 4/13/18 evening ET3/25 after 4pm ET
Virginia Polytechnic Instituteearly March3/4 5pm ET3/5
Wake Forest Universityby 4/1 3/26
Washington and Lee University4/1 3/31 8pm ET
Washington University in St. Louis4/13/243/24 afternoon CT
Wellesley Collegelate March3/19 10am ET3/20
Wesleyan Universitylate March 3/27
Wheaton College – MAby 3/31  
Whitman Collegeearly March3/3 3pm PT2/25 3pm PT
Williams Collegeearly April3/18 evening ET3/25 pm ET
Worcester Polytechnic Instituteby 4/1 3/29 5pm ET
Yale Universityby 4/1 4/6 7pm ET

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