Quote from jaidon84
However I am wondering about this whole lottery. If you applied once to a CC that has a lottery is that it? Meaning do you just have to wait until your name gets pulled or can you reapply to that CC every semester. So.... like if I applied to 30 schools with lottery then that means I can theoretically be waitlisted for years on end if none of those 30 schools pull my name......
The lotteries where I am at, wipe clean each year/semester so you need to reapply if you don't get picked. There's no waitlist, but there is "alternate." So, they pick 40 names and offer them a spot, 10 alternates in case anyone passes up those spots. However the next round, those 10 alternate if they didn't end up in, are guaranteed the first ten seats in the draw.
If you apply to 30 lottery systems, I'm sure you'd make it in as long as you meet the criteria. Last time I crunched the numbers at my top pick program, there's approximately a 40% chance of landing a spot if you include getting a spot as an alternate. (They said they receive 300-500 applications, only about 125 are eligible for drawing, so 50/125 or 2/5 shot)
Apply to a few schools and the odds should be in your favor one will draw you.
**also I'm not yet accepted anywhere. I have two classes left before I can apply.