Waiting List for Admission
Make sure to visit your admission portal to tell us if you would like to join the waiting list.
Please review the following Waiting List FAQs.
At this point, there are no students “on the list.” While we have offered the opportunity to remain on the waiting list to approximately 150 students, we do not know yet how many will opt to accept a place on the waiting list. Even then, we will not rank students until we have determined if we can admit any students from the waiting list. At that time we will re-evaluate each applicant, including any additional information we have received (i.e. additional grades, letters) to determine who will be offered admission.
Most colleges, like Saint Michael’s, subscribe to the “Candidates’ Common Reply Date” of May 1st. We strongly encourage you to deposit at your second choice school so you will have an option for the fall. This is not uncommon and, in fact, most colleges, including Saint Michael’s, understand that a certain number of deposited students will withdraw before enrolling. We understand that you may lose any non-refundable deposit you make, so if we are able to admit you from the waiting list, you will receive a grant of $250 for each of the first two semesters you are enrolled at SMC in addition to any financial aid for which you may be eligible, provided the total amount does not exceed your need as determined by the FAFSA. If you are admitted to Saint Michael’s, you will be required to pay a $500 enrollment deposit here. That deposit will be applied to your first semester charges.
We begin weekly reviews of the waiting list in April, especially as we receive new materials from students on the waiting list. The majority of our decisions will be made after the May 1 deadline. In most years we have finalized all of our waiting list decisions before the middle of June.
This question is often asked and is, of course, not easily answered. We will review our available spaces and take into account a variety of factors. Most importantly we carefully consider each student’s most current academic performance and how seriously he or she has approached the recent months of their senior year. We encourage you to send your most recent grade report if you have not already done so. We also welcome any additional information about recent accomplishments outside of the classroom.
This is a number that can vary from year to year given our capacity. In the most recent admission cycles, we have been able to admit between five and fifteen students from the waiting list.
We will consider each student who is offered a space in our class for financial aid (a FAFSA must be on file with us to be considered for need based aid). Federal and state aid programs for which applicants are eligible should be available, as will student and parent loans.
All Saint Michael’s students are required to live on campus unless they reside with their families or they have received permission to live off campus. Students offered admission from the waiting list are guaranteed student housing and will be placed in first-year residences.
First, submit your request indicating you wish to be on the waiting list on your admission portal as soon as possible. You should also make sure that we have your most recent grades and testing scores if you want them considered. If you believe there are accomplishments or qualities we may be unaware of, by all means, let us know about them. If you have not yet met with an admission staff member, you may want to schedule an admission interview. If visiting campus presents a hardship, we would be happy to set up a virtual appointment.