How many students are typically offered admission from the Wait List?

Historically, the Admission Committee has extended as few as zero to as many as 60 offers of admission from the Wait List. Our ability to make offers depends in part on the number of admitted students who enroll, which varies greatly from year to year.

Is the Wait List ranked?

No. As stated in the decision letter, Connecticut College does not rank active Wait List candidates.

What are my chances?

At this time, Connecticut College cannot estimate how many students—if any—will be admitted from the Wait List. Wait List activity, in normal years, typically occurs after the Candidate Reply Deadline, which is May 1.

What more can I do?

The key to the Wait List is to have the proper perspective and to know that if Connecticut College activates its Wait List, the Office of Admission will give you every possible consideration. The Admission Committee reevaluates a student’s entire application before offering admission from the Wait List. It is not necessary to send additional letters of recommendation, supplemental arts materials, etc. The Admission Committee is quite familiar with your candidacy. We are most interested in your updated academic record and hearing directly from you, the candidate. A single, concise email communication to your admission counselor is most appropriate.

Is an interview (or re-interview) available?

No. The interview process for first-year applicants concluded in December.

Can a Wait List acceptance be deferred for a full year?

No, not for a full year, but a one-semester deferral may be granted. A student must put this request in writing for the Dean of Admission to review at the time the offer of admission is made. Requests may be sent to

What should I do while I wait?

Focus on your current options and make an informed, rational decision regarding those opportunities. Secure a place and enroll with a single deposit (usually non-refundable) at a different college or university. Should you be offered and subsequently accept a place at Connecticut College, you must notify the original institution at which you enrolled of your withdrawal. Make sure your financial aid paperwork for Connecticut College is in order (if applicable). For further information about need-based financial aid, email Financial Aid Services at

What types of housing and financial aid are available for those students who are accepted from the Wait List?

Students admitted from the Wait List enter the same housing and orientation processes as other enrolling first-year students. The availability of financial aid varies from year-to-year. Connecticut College will meet 100% of demonstrated need for those Wait List candidates who are ultimately offered admission. Students admitted from the Wait List are also considered for merit awards in the same fashion as students admitted during regular decision. Students offered a place in the class from the Wait List are concurrently notified of any financial aid eligibility.  

What is the difference between Wait List consideration for fall and spring admission?

Candidates offered admission from the Wait List for the fall semester will enroll as first-year students in August 2022. Candidates selected from the Wait List for the spring semester will enroll as first-year students in January 2023.

Which Wait List option should I select? Is there an advantage to being considered for Spring 2023 semester admission only?

All candidates on the Wait List should think carefully about which option to select. Candidates selecting either fall or spring admission enter the same review process so there is no advantage in that sense. However, fall semester Wait List activity is variable and there is always a chance the Office of Admission may not make any offers for fall enrollment. There will almost certainly be offers for enrollment in the spring semester.

Do students starting in the Spring 2023 semester still have the option of taking a First-Year Seminar?

First-year students enrolling in the spring semester enjoy the same academic opportunities as those enrolling in the fall semester. All January first-year students take part in an orientation program, are assigned faculty and student advisers, and participate in a First-Year Seminar designed specifically for them.

What is the housing process for January first-year students?

Connecticut College guarantees housing for all enrolled students throughout their time at the College. January first-year students are assigned on-campus housing and immediately live with other first-year students to integrate them as quickly as possible into the community

If I am selected for Spring 2023 admission, can I still take classes before I officially enroll at Connecticut College (i.e., at a local college)?

The Office of Admission encourages January first-year students to pursue opportunities that interest them before starting at the College. Some students have chosen to work, volunteer, travel abroad, or take classes at a local college or university. January first-years are welcome to take classes as non-matriculated students prior to starting in the spring semester. Credits for courses taken elsewhere may be transferred to Connecticut College at the discretion of the Registrar. The Registrar’s office is available to advise students on credit transfers when selecting courses.

Can I apply again as a transfer student?

If you still feel that Connecticut College would be a good match for your future, we recommend that you pursue a full-time liberal arts curriculum elsewhere, and apply for transfer admission to Connecticut College midway through your second semester. The evaluation of transfer applications is similar to that of first-year admission, but more emphasis is placed on the applicant’s performance in college-based coursework. For further details, please visit: