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Top US colleges putting thousands of applicants in wait-list limbo

Such offers far outnumber seats in the entering classes at many of those schools

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Last year, Dartmouth College (above) admitted 129 from a wait list of 963, amounting to roughly 10 per cent of the entering class. But Dartmouth did not admit any wait-listed applicants in 2014.

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University of Chicago (above) reveals little about its wait lists.

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STUDENTS applying to top colleges crave to hear "yes!" when decisions roll out in March and brace themselves for "no". But huge numbers get a vague answer that is neither admission nor denial - a tantalising "maybe" - with an invitation to join a wait list.

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