Final Wait List Update: 2008

A final wait list update for Fall 2008 has been posted to our Wait List Discussion Thread on the Hopkins Forums. Click here to access the post and the full discussion thread.

During this week the Admissions Committee has met and made final decisions regarding the wait list for the Class of 2012. For those students who sent back the blue postcard and decided to “remain on the wait list” you will be receiving correspondence through email and postal mail shortly. The emails were sent today (July 1st) and the letters will be in the mail tomorrow.

If you have been keeping up with this wait list discussion thread you will know that in May we admitted a small handful of students off the wait list (approximately 40 total students). Since then the Admissions teams has been very methodical and carefully tracking the size of the enrolling class. Though we had anticipated much more fluctuation this year then in years past due to the volume of wait list movement by our peers, in the end our class size has not dropped below our enrollment goals. Therefore the decision was made not to admit any more students off the wait list at this time.

The vast majority of you who remained on our wait list will be receiving correspondence that states we currently do not intend on admitting any additional students from the wait list this year and that we have now met our enrollment target for the fall. This is our wait list release letter and though a disappointment, it does end the waiting process. We wish you the best in your college career and appreciate the interest you showed in Hopkins.

A small handful of those students who remained on the wait list (~100+) will receive a slightly different correspondence. This group of students was selected by the Admissions Committee to receive an offer to remain on an extended summer wait list. This letter states that although we have met our enrollment targets, in the event that space might become available, we will consider the students on this extended wait list. For those selecting to remain on the extended summer wait list from this group, an official final decision will be rendered no later than July 31st.

Two important things to note about the extended summer wait list: (1) the chances for admission remain slim and only will occur in the rare cases that more spaces become available. And (2) the Admissions Committee selects the students to be offered a spot on the extended summer wait list, it is not something a wait listed student may request.

Regarding notification: As I stated above our notifications were sent via email and postal mail. If you did not receive an email on or around July 1st, then we ask that you wait for the postal mail. If by July 10th you have not received any notification, then you will need to call the Admissions Office at 410-516-8171 to check on your status. We are unable to confirm wait list status through email or these forums.

Finally, I hope all this makes sense. As always, if you have any questions please feel free to post them on this forum. We understand that this process can be frustrating and at times the waiting seems as if we were “stringing you along.” We appreciate your patience, and assure you that the time line was necessitated by our need to be careful and methodical in our decisions. Every year these decisions are quite difficult to make, and I hope you understand how much we agonize over these decisions. Best of luck to each and every one of you.

If you have any questions, please post them to the Wait List Discussion Thread.