A beacon in the fog of Waitlist-dom?

So sometimes we forget how confusing and unclear the admission process can be... and I thought it might be good to talk a little bit about what it means to be admitted or waitlisted.

So you've been admitted...

First of all, congratulations! And I mean that with regard to all of the schools that sent you the "fat envelope." And if you're planning on joining the Olin family in the fall, head to your application account to let us know and pay the enrollment deposit. :D

So you're on one of our waitlists...

...Now what?

Since the letters dropped, we've been trying to give y'all some space (sort of...) to let your decisions sink in. Regardless of your decision, you have a lot to think about. Please know that our staff is here if you have any questions. Feel free to contact me or any other admission officer if we can be of any assistance to you or your family.

No surprise, there are usually questions about the waitlist. I completely understand. When you're on a waitlist you do feel a little like you're in limbo. I'd like to try to clear up some confusion about our waitlists.

  • All waitlisted students must let us know (email Dean Charlie Nolan at charles.nolan@olin.edu) if you wish to remain on the waitlist; if we did not hear from you we must assume you are no longer interested in Olin College.
  • For those of you who are on the waitlist with defer option, you do not need to choose between remaining on the waitlist and deferring for a year; if you expressed an interest in deferring and we are not able to offer you admission for the Class of 2012, we will offer you a spot in the Class of 2013 and officially confirm your deferment in May or June.
    • If you choose to defer to the class of 2013, we will require a $1000 deposit.
    • Deferred students will be asked to submit a plan for their sabbatical year. The plan should detail your goals and tentative schedule for the year.
    • We encourage deferred students to do something meaningful- this could be learning a language, traveling, getting a job, writing a book, studying an instrument, joining the circus, taking classes or anything you want (but remember that you won't get transfer credit for any courses you may take!).
  • Staying on our waitlists means that you will likely need to make a commitment to another college/university, especially since we probably won't be able to make any offers until May 1 or soon after. Consequently, you may lose that deposit to the other school if we have a spot for you in the Class of 2012 and you accept our offer!
  • Historically, we have gone to the waitlists so there is a good chance that we will need to do so again this year. I wish I could give you a more definite answer, but unfortunately the waitlist is, well, about waiting. :(

I hope this helps clarify some of the fuzziness surrounding the waitlist. I think that's all for now.

Be well,


IM: OlinAdmission