Sample Letters of Continued Interest

Waitlisted or Deferred? Check Out These Sample Letters of Continued Interest

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If you find yourself waitlisted or deferred at one of your top college choices, the following samples can help guide you in writing a letter of continued interest. Writing a letter of continued interest does not guarantee your eventual acceptance to the school. While you shouldn't assume such a letter will assure you are accepted, your display of interest in the program and your dedication and outreach certainly will not hurt your chances. 

Alex's Letter of Continued Interest:

Mr. Andrew Quackenbush
Director of Admissions
Burr University
Collegeville, USA

Dear Mr. Quackenbush,

I was recently waitlisted for the 2016-2017 school year; I am writing to express my continued interest in Burr University. I am particularly drawn to the school's Music Education program--the outstanding faculty and state of the art facilities are what specifically make Burr University my top choice.

I also wanted to inform you that since I submitted my application, I have been awarded the Nelson Fletcher Prize for Excellence in Music by the Treeville Community Foundation. This award is given to a high school senior every year, after a state-wide competition. This award means a lot to me, and I believe it shows my dedication and continued passion in music, and music education. I have attached an updated CV with this information added to it.

Thank you so much for you time and consideration.

If you have any further questions, please let me know. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Alex Student

Discussion of Alex's Letter of Continued Interest:

Students should always keep in mind that writing a letter of continued interest (also known as LOCI) is not a guarantee that they will be moved off of the waitlist as an accepted student.

While new information can be helpful, it may not be enough to sway the Admissions Office's decision. But don't let that discourage you from writing a LOCI! If nothing else, it shows the school you are dedicated, mature, attentive, and very much interested in its programs (learn about the importance of demonstrated interest). One last note before we look at Alex's letter: before writing a LOCI, make sure the college accepts them. Some schools ask that you do not send additional materials after they notify you of your status. If that is the case, please respect their directions.

Alex addressed his letter to the Director of Admissions, which is a good choice--whenever possible, use the name of the person who sent you the letter or email telling you of your admissions status. "To Whom It May Concern" sounds generic and impersonal, which you want to avoid. 

Alex's letter is fairly short. This is a good idea, because going on at length about your interest, your improved test scores, or your passion for education may come off as sounding desperate or vain. Here, with only a few short paragraphs, Alex gets his message across without being too wordy.

Alex briefly mentions that this school is his top choice--this is good information to include, but more importantly, Alex goes into why it is his top choice.

Having specific reasons for being interested in a school can show the Admissons Office that you have done your research, and that you are actually interested in their school in particular. That kind of attention to detail and individual interest can set you apart from others on the waitlist. 

Alex thanks the Director at the close of the letter, and his writing/communication skills are strong. While he writes a convincing and mature letter, it is also respectful in that he does not demand to be bumped from "waitlisted" to "accepted." 

Hannah's Letter of Continued Interest:

Mrs. A. D. Missions
Director of Admissions
State University
Cityville, USA

Dear Mrs. Missions,

Thank you for taking the time to read my application. I know that State University is a very selective school, and I'm happy to be included on the school's waitlist.

I'm writing to express my continued interest in the school, and to include some new information to add to my application.

Since I applied to State University, I retook the SAT; my previous scores were lower than I would have liked, and I wanted a second chance to prove myself. My math score is now 670, my critical reading is 680, and my writing score is 700. I'm much happier with these scores, and I wanted to share this improvement with you. I'm having the official scores sent to State University.

I understand that this new information may not impact my position on the waitlist, but I wanted to share it with you nonetheless. I'm still very excited about the prospect of joining the State University History Department, and of working with its extensive American History archives.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Hannah Highschooler

Discussion of Hannah's Letter of Continued Interest:

Hannah's letter is another good example of what to include in a letter of continued interest. She writes well, and keeps the letter short and respectful. She doesn't come across as angry or presumptuous, and states her case well, while remembering her letter does not guarantee she will be accepted.

In the second paragraph, Hannah presents new information: her updated and higher SAT scores. We don't see how much of an improvement these scores are from her old ones; however, these new scores are well above average. She doesn't make excuses for her poor scores. Instead, she focuses on the positive, and shows her improvement by sending the scores to the school.

In the final paragraph, she expresses her interest in the school, with specific information about why she wants to attend. This is a good move; it shows she's done her research, and knows why she wants to attend this college in particular. It may not be enough to impact her status, but it shows the Admissions Office she cares about the school and really does want to be there.

All in all, Hannah and Alex have written strong letters.

They may not get off of the waitlist, but with these letters, they have demonstrated themselves to be interested students with additional information to help their cases. It's always good to be realistic about your chances when writing a letter of continued interest--know that it probably won't end up making a difference. But, it never hurts to try. Here's an example of what to avoid in your LOCI, and here's an article with more information about writing a letter of continued interest.