I was talking to the head of admissions at Columbia at a cocktail party, and she told me that they are absolutly swamped with apps this year, and it's the hardest admissions year in history. Admissions not only involves evaluating a candidate, but also evaluating the chance that they'll be accepted and attend other schools, so they have to juggle admits, holds, and wait lists in order to ensure they don't admit too few or too many of the students they really want. I know this doesn't make it any easier to wait, but you should also be more hopeful if you're on a waitlist now then in a typical year, because many schools will be drawing extensively from them. Part of the problem is that more schools sent out CRS fee waives this year than in the past, in an effort to improve their US-news standings. . .