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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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