Information for Waitlisted Students
- Why do you have a waitlist?
- Is the waitlist ranked? How can I find out where I am on the waitlist?
- How likely is it that I will receive an offer?
- When is the latest I would receive an offer?
- If I receive an offer of admission, how long will I have to decide?
- Should I contact the admissions office to check on my status in case there have been any changes?
- Is there anything I can do to enhance my chances?
- What about an interview?
- What about financial aid? Can I start submitting paperwork in case I am admitted?
- I just received a letter saying that I’ve been released from the waitlist. What does that mean?
- If I decide to reapply, when should I submit an application? Do I need to re-submit all documentation again?*
Why do you have a waitlist? Admissions is not an exact science. We know from experience approximately how many offers we should make to fill our class, but in some years more applicants than we expect accept offers of admission to the MGH Institute of Health Professions; in other years, fewer do so. That’s when we accept students from our waitlist.
Is the waitlist ranked? How can I find out where I am on the waitlist? In general, there is no order or priority ranking with this list. If a student has been waitlisted, he/she has been deemed qualified for admission.
That being said, due to space restrictions, waitlisted students will only be admitted if a seat becomes available after the deposit deadline for admitted students.
How likely is it that I will receive an offer? Unfortunately, we cannot make predictions of any particular waitlisted applicant’s chances of getting an offer or even if we will go to the waitlist at all.
By nature, the waitlist process is extremely unpredictable, as it is dependent on decisions of our admitted students, which are to a great degree unpredictable.
When is the latest I would receive an offer? We try to be sensitive to your need to plan for the future, but it is always possible that we will have unexpected no-shows up until the time of orientation.
As such, we may call waitlisted applicants as late as one week before the start of the term. We do everything we can to avoid that, but it has happened on occasion.
If it’s any comfort, please remember that ultimately, control is in your hands. You have the option to withdraw from consideration whenever you pass the point where the potential benefit of being admitted is not worth the cost of the uncertainty and stress.
If I receive an offer of admission, how long will I have to decide? Not long. We will call and also email if we have a space available for you, and you will be asked to make a commitment within a few days. That being said, you should be prepared to make a decision fairly quickly if a space opens up for you.
Should I contact the admissions office to check on my status in case there have been any changes? Due to our limited staff and increasing volume of applicants, we respectfully ask that you refrain from calling regarding your admission status.
While we understand that this is a difficult time with many uncertainties, please know that if your admission status changes at any point, we will be in contact with you immediately.
Is there anything I can do to enhance my chances? While it’s not in any way necessary to contact us, you are certainly welcome to supplement your application. If you are currently in school and can provide updated grades, this is the most helpful information you can give us.
If you’d like to indicate your ongoing interest in our program, you are welcome to email the admissions office at email@example.com and we will forward the information to the program. If you decide you are no longer interested in being considered, please let us know as well.
What about an interview? Unfortunately, we simply do not have the resources to offer interview opportunities to waitlisted candidates. We understand that you are anxious about an admissions decision, and we’ll let you know as soon as we can whether a place will be available for you.
What about financial aid? Can I start submitting paperwork in case I am admitted? If you choose to do so, you are more than welcome to submit your financial aid paperwork (FAFSA) to our Office of Financial Aid in advance of receiving an offer.
If you do receive an offer, you will then receive a financial aid award more quickly. If you’re not comfortable sending that information in without knowing that you’ll receive an offer, that’s perfectly fine too.
I just received a letter saying that I’ve been released from the waitlist. What does that mean? If an applicant receives a waitlist release letter, it is because the program has not had any additional spaces open up, therefore the decision was made to release some or all waitlisted students from further consideration. This is done primarily for the applicant, in order to allow for alternative planning.
If I decide to reapply, when should I submit an application? Do I need to re-submit all documentation again?* If you’ve decided you’d like to reapply for admission, you will need to submit the following items:
- New application for admission with application fee
- Updated personal statement
- Updated transcripts (if additional courses are taken)
The Office of Admission keeps all files for one year, therefore your old materials will be moved over to the new application file once you submit a new application. You are welcome to submit an application anytime after July 1 for the next academic year. All application materials and admission requirements are updated each year during the summer months and are posted on our Web site no later than September 1.
* Note: Applicants to either the Entry-Level DPT program or the MS in Speech-Language Pathology program must re-apply through their respective Centralized Application Service:
Centralized Application Services
Doctor of Physical Therapy: www.ptcas.org
MS in Speech-Language Pathology: www.csdcas.org