« on: May 23, 2006, 02:51:07 PM »
i think we're all aware that waitlists are not compulsory- we play at our own risk.
however, from what i've found, everyone who was admitted outright seems to love duke's admissions office... and most of the people waitlisted have a lot of complaints.
of course, we could attribute this to the fact that we're all bitter because we didn't get in in the first place, but this isn't always the case with waitlisted applicants. i for one have been continually impressed with the professionalism and care shown by michigan's admissions office throughout the whole process. they make sure that applicants on the waitlist are kept up to date on what's happening and happy to provide more information whenever its asked for.
duke, on the other hand, has not been as easy to work with. sure, they've offered another opportunity for some us to gain admission, which is great, even though those it was offered to were forced to agree to do a joint program in order to take it. however grateful we are and should be for this chance, i think the frustration you're seeing here and elsewhere has come from the fact that duke hasn't been great about communicating what's going on. at first, all summer start programs were seen as options, but people were given different answers about the availability in reality of many of these. we also were told that we would be given an up-or-down answer by several different deadlines, all which have since elapsed.
on top of this, it certainly HAS to be annoying to those who were placed on a waitlist for the specific program that apparently had spots available to watch a bunch of people with no formerly expressed interest be consulted first.
and finally...many of the people who got this email have 166/3.75+... which is low on the LSAT side, but certainly not in terms of gpa.