My application has been put on the wait list at my top choice institution (unfunded masters, about 10% acceptance rate). The Department said they may not be able to let me know the final decision until after April 15 (which I understand). However, I need to know the decision before April 15 to respond to other offers. In order to determine my chance, I have the following questions:
While this may vary depending on the programs, is there a general percentage of applications out of the entire pool being put on wait list? If not what factors determine this?
Are wait listed applicants ranked? if not, how do programs determine which one to accept off wait lists?
Should I let them know that they are my top choice and if accepted I will almost surely attend?