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Wait List Information

Each year the Office of Admissions at the University of Rochester is tasked with enrolling a specific number of overall students for the entering first year class. To hit this enrolling number target we typically use a wait list to manage enrollment. An offer to be on our wait list signifies that you fit the academic profile of a student who could be successful here and would positively contribute to our greater campus community, but due to limited space we cannot make a final decision at this time.

For students wishing to remain on our wait list, we strongly encourage you to submit an enrollment deposit at another institution to secure a spot for yourself for the fall semester, as there is no guarantee that a spot will become available at Rochester through the wait list. Any offer of admission to Rochester from our wait list will most likely not come until after the national deposit deadline of May 1.

Wait List Historical Information

Traditionally, 20% of our total applicant pool is offered a spot on our wait list, and 10% of those students will choose to stay on the wait list. However, it’s important to stress that each year is different. Over the past two years, an average of 150 students have been admitted from our wait list.

What are my next steps?

  1. Determine if you still want to attend Rochester. If you do, please submit your Wait List Reply Form available through MyROC before May 1. Submitting it after May 1 may jeopardize your chances of being admitted.
  2. Decide if you want to be considered for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021. The Wait List Reply Form gives you the opportunity to choose an entrance term. Each year we admit a few students for a January start (spring semester) as a first-year student if their university enrollment is flexible, but the majority of our admits from the wait list will be for the fall semester.
  3. If you are no longer interested in being considered for admission to Rochester, you can simply indicate that through the Wait List Reply Form.

The Wait List Timeline

  • May 1 – Wait List Reply Form due date
  • May 1 – Financial aid documents due. They must be submitted as soon as possible if you are interested in receiving a need-based financial aid package. An enrollment deposit extension will not be granted for those admitted students whose financial aid documents were received after the deadline.
  • Shortly after May 1 – Wait list offers begin once we know what our enrollment numbers look like.
  • August 1 – All wait list decisions released

Wait List FAQs

No, you do not need to submit an enrollment deposit to Rochester to remain on the wait list. However, if offered admission, you should plan to submit your deposit within one week.

Historically we have placed 20% of our applicant pool on the wait list, of which 10% have chosen to remain.

Over the past two years ,150 students on average have been granted admission from the wait list.

The first step is to submit the Wait List Reply Form and indicate that you wish to remain on the wait list. You can submit additional items through MyROC, such as new grades, an additional recommendation, etc.

Unfortunately, due to precautionary measures related to COVID-19 our on campus visit opportunities have been suspended for the foreseeable future.

No, we do not rank our wait list at any time.

Yes, all first-year students enrolled at Rochester are guaranteed housing. You must live on campus the first two years. Students admitted for the spring 2021 semester are given the same opportunities as all enrolling students, and housing is also guaranteed.

We encourage you to utilize your time wisely, but you should not plan to enroll as a full-time first-year student at another institution. As a non-matriculated student, you may take a course or two, but enrolling as a full-time student at another institution will forfeit your admission/enrollment. Traditionally, students admitted for the spring semester have spent the fall working, traveling, doing volunteer work, or taking academic courses as a non-matriculated student at another institution.

If you have applied for financial aid and submitted all of your financial aid documents (FAFSA and CSS Profile) before May 1, your need-based financial aid package will be sent shortly after your admit letter.

Yes, our need-based aid policies remain the same and we guarantee to meet full demonstrated need as indicated by the FAFSA and CSS Profile calculations.

Not necessarily. We do have a target number of enrolling HEOP students each year as mandated by the State of New York and the University’s Office of Minority Student Affairs. We employ a similar approach to enrolling students from the wait list into HEOP as we do for our general pool.