Why does this sentence sounds weird?

I applied to a summer program and the email stated that I was deferred.

We are pleased to inform you that your application has made a select
list of deferrals to the regular application round.

The text that is in bold looks odd. Can anyone help me clarify whether it’s correct or not? If it is correct (which probably is, since the email came from MIT), can you please explain the usage of has made a select list because I’ve never seen that grammatical structure ever before.

Thank you.

Answer

One of the meanings of the verb make is

6.2 Achieve a place in.

these dogs seldom make the news

they made it to the semifinals

Oxford Dictionaries Online

The phrases make the list and make the cut are common in AmE.

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