Are you on the waitlist at your dream college? Here’s what you should do

More high school seniors may be finding themselves in limbo this year as they end up on the wait list of their favorite college. But students who want to fight the long odds to get off the list at competitive schools shouldn’t just sit around.

As applications to top schools continue to climb, students are increasingly relegated to waitlists. Colleges ostensibly use waitlists to fill spots that open up when admitted students decline to attend. But the lists have ballooned so much — some are even bigger than the size of a college’s incoming class — that college counselors have grown skeptical of their usefulness.

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