The Plan II Admission Wait List
Plan II regularly offers a wait list option to a small number of applicants. If the number of admitted applicants who accept the offer of admission is low, and our entering freshman class has spaces available, Plan II will make offers of admission to some applicants on the wait list.
An applicant cannot request the wait list option. If your application was denied, please see the information on the appeal process.
Unfortunately, we can’t give any firm number on anyone’s chances of admission from the wait list. Only those who respond in writing to the Plan II wait list offer will be considered again for Plan II admission. In years past, about 50% of those offered the wait list responded. Assuming similar numbers to past years, the “active wait list” in any given year might include about 30-50 names. From that list, we might admit a modest number of applicants in mid-May.
If you were offered the wait list option, rather than offered admission or denied admission, and you wish to be included on the Plan II Honors Program wait list, you must:
- respond in writing, on or before Monday, April 6th, 2015
- the letter requesting placement on the Plan II wait list, should be addressed to the Plan II Admissions Committee
- send the letter to the attention of:
Kerry Pasquale, Director of Plan II Admission
Plan II Honors, The University of Texas at Austin
CLA 2.102 G 3600
305 East 23rd St,
Austin, TX 78712-1250
- enclose the most recent record senior grades. (If no new grades have been added, your rank has not changed, and no other information has changed on your transcript since it was originally submitted, clearly state this in your letter and do not send another copy. But if you applied using your transcript with grades only through the junior year, you should submit your senior year grades.)
- the grades and letter should be sent directly to the Plan II Honors office, unlike the original application documents which had to be submitted to the UT Office of Admission.
If we do not receive written correspondence from you by April 6th, we must assume that you have made other choices and no longer wish to be considered for admission by Plan II Honors.
We understand that it can be difficult waiting to hear about the status of your Plan II application, especially when you may have offers from other colleges to consider. We won’t be able to tell you more until after May 15. By then we will know who is on the active list and how many spaces, if any, are available. As a result, we cannot answer specific questions over the telephone about your status on the waiting list.
How the Wait List Works
After the May 1 deadline, when those applicants who were admitted must let us know if they choose Plan II, we will know how many (if any) applicants can be admitted from the wait list. What usually happens is that more students than we can manage respond positively. So, often we are waiting for applicants to change their mind about coming just to lower our numbers down to where we wished to be in the first place. We have lowered our number of original offers of admission, but the “yield” factor (the number of applicants who accept Plan II’s offer of admission) is unpredictable, as is the original number of applicants—neither number follows any reliable trend.
If, for some reason our yield is lower than expected—something we don't expect—we will take more students from the wait list. If the yield follows the average, then we will be able to offer admission to just a few folks on the wait list. If the “yield” is much higher than the average, we won’t be able to make admission offers to anyone on the wait list.
- The Plan II wait-list is not binding in any way—until May 1. If UT Austin is your choice, regardless of the Plan II final decision, then you have nothing to lose and you should go ahead and pay the $200 UT enrollment fee that is required to hold your place at UT and Plan II.
- That enrollment fee is refundable as long as you contact the University IN WRITING (via mail or by fax—but NOT by email!) on or before May 1. Paying the enrollment fee does not affect your other school choices unless you are admitted elsewhere through early decision (which is binding). You can keep your UT option open if you wish that way.
- The hard part is that Plan II will not be able to make offers to those on the active wait list until AFTER May 1. We must first wait until we see the number of those who accept the offer of admission to see how many, if any, spaces are available to offer to those on the Plan II wait list. So, it will be closer to May 15 before we finalize wait list offers.
- If your are offered admission to Plan II we will help you with major codes and other details at orientation.