Danielle Darveau has spent most of her life yearning to go to Boston College. She’s the daughter and granddaughter of alums, the owner of a wardrobe of BC apparel, and a great student at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. So when Darveau, 17, applied early last fall, “everyone was like, ‘You’re definitely going to get in.’ ”
But 5,500 other students applied for early action at the school, too, and BC deferred her application until the spring. She didn’t get in then, either, and now she’s in limbo, this time on the wait list.
“I feel like I can’t even wear my BC T-shirts,” she said. “I’m stuck in between.”
The college wait list has become an anxiety-producing reality of today’s college application process. With high schoolers applying to more schools, and acceptance rates important to a university’s reputation and its bottom line, wait lists have swelled, along with the hopes of the students on them.
Thursday, May 1, was the day students needed to put down deposits — a few hundred dollars, generally nonrefundable — with their chosen college or university. But families who can afford it often put down a deposit at one school, but remain on the wait list at another that they prefer.
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