Waitlists vary from school to school. Some schools have a very short waitlist, while others are extensive. For example, at DePaul University, they state on their website that "We use our waitlist every year to fill our class. Students who receive a waitlist offer have an excellent chance of being admitted." However, we know this doesn't make the waiting any easier!
Here are some do's and don'ts for the waiting period:
DO: Contact Admissions
Let them know you are interested in staying on the waitlist. If it is a school you will definitely attend if you make it off the waitlist, make sure they know that as well. If it's your number one school that can make a difference in their eyes. If you are unsure if you are waitlisted for the school AND the BFA/BA program, make sure you check in with them about that as well.
DO: Write a letter restating your interest
Did you have a memorable audition with an acting professor? Did the person who auditioned you for the song portion make your audition pleasant and fun? Make sure you send these people a reminder of your interest. In your letter, remind them of anything pertinent that happened in the room and how much you enjoyed your time on campus. Why can you see yourself at this school and nowhere else? Let them know. Be yourself, to the point and polite.
DO: Send the college any significant updates
Did you recently receive an impressive academic or performing arts award? Are you starring in a new show? Without being aggressive, send updates to admissions to continue to express your interest.
DON'T: Let parents talk on your behalf
This is where you will be for the next four years - not your parents. As I explain to my students time and time again, this is a hard business and one that requires a bit of strength and a lot of grace. Get used to talking for yourself and doing the work on your own.
DON'T: Send trivial material
Sending a collage of pictures of your past starring roles will not help admissions decide if you are right for the program. Nor will a recommendation from an alumni you barely know.
And most importantly, remain patient and positive!
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