The word on the street is that college wait lists are huge this year. But what does that mean? Are colleges rejecting more students, albeit more gently, by way of the wait list—or are we seeing the emergence of new enrollment strategies?

Experience would suggest that is it much more the latter than the former. In recent years, admissions officers have found that they can improve institutional yield and selectivity rates by reducing the number of talented but low yielding students admitted through the regular decision process and taking more high yielding (and talented) students from the wait list.

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