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 nearly 150 students, we don’t know yet how many will opt to be placed “on the 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 most colleges, including Saint Michael’s, understand that a certain number of deposited students will withdraw before enrolling. 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 Saint Michael’s 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.
After our May 1st deposit deadline we will determine if we can make offers of admission to waiting list students and we will contact those we can admit as soon as possible. Unfortunately, we must wait until the May 1st deposit deadline to know how many admitted students will accept our offers of admission. We are also very concerned that we not open at an enrollment higher than the optimum number for our facilities and course offerings. Some years we have even determined that we would make some offers prior to the May 1st deadline, although that is unpredictable. In most years we have finalized all of our waiting list decisions before the middle of June.
We wish we knew the answer to that question ourselves! Each year we are unable to answer that question until we know how many deposits we have from the admitted students compared to the size of class we hope to enroll. Last year we admitted a small number of students from the waiting list, as happened the previous year. However, there have been some years when we admitted nearly all who stayed on the waiting list. So, as you can see, the trend is very difficult to predict.
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), although we cannot say for certain how much institutional aid will be available at the end of the process. 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 application status portal as soon as possible. Certainly 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 it does not present an undue hardship for you to do so.