Don't hold your breath waiting to get de-waitlisted. Many top colleges are now putting more people on the waitlist than they accept ... making the random chance of getting in pretty close to nil. Sorry to break the news.

Take UPenn, for instance:

The University of Pennsylvania announced last week that it had admitted 3,731 applicants for the next first-year class, anticipated to be 2,445 students. Penn, like Brown, offered spots on the waiting list to more applicants than the size of its incoming class. In Penn’s case, the figure for the waiting list was around 3,500. In recent years, a Penn spokeswoman said, the number admitted off the waiting list has ranged from 20 to 175.

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