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And one more thing to add- I think especially as we get later and later into the summer, people on waiting lists lose interest in attending those schools (and are probably less likely to change their plans), so they don't continue their contact with the school. If you are willing to wait it out, I'd keep in regular (i.e. every 3-4 weeks) contact with the school, so the school knows that you are still interested and actively pursuing them. That way, when they go to offer admission off the waiting list, they don't have to make 5 offers of admission from the waitlist to get 1 student- they can make one offer to get one student (hopefully, you!), which gives them a better yield. That's just from what I've read in some books. It makes sense to me.

Oh, and one more thing- If you're doubtful as to how you should carry out your contact with the school, you could call them and ask what they prefer as far as updating them goes- phone calls, emails, letters, etc.

For my top choice school, I sent a LOCI about every 3-4 weeks, each letter highlighting in detail a specific aspect of the school or a particular program that I thought I could contribute to and why I liked that program/characteristic of the school. I also reiterated in each letter that I would unquestionably attend if admitted. As far as timing goes, I sent my very last one so that it would arrive at the school and be read just before or around the deposit deadline, so that when it was time for them to admit people off the waitlist, my name would be fresh in their minds. I figured that they would be looking at the waitlist as soon as possible after they knew what the class was going to look like so that they could get going on filling up the class. I was admitted to my top choice during the first round of admits that they did off the waitlist, so I guess I did something right. (The extra letter of recommendation probably helped too).

For another school, I wrote a nice LOCI right after I was waitlisted and then was admitted a couple months later without sending any other LOCIs, so I guess it really depends on the school. I feel that for this second school, I probably could have sent maybe one more LOCI, but obviously it wasn't necessary.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: anyone hear from UVA yet?!
« on: June 06, 2007, 10:33:30 AM »
Does anyone know if they even read the e-mails sent in? Has anyone received a response to an e-mail in the past month?

Even after I was admitted off the waitlist, a couple of my emails requesting confirmation of the receipt of my deposit went unanswered. If your emails are for the purposes of expressing your interesting in UVA or to add new information to your file, my advice would be to send in letters of continued interest (via snail mail). According to my conversation with Mr. Trujillo, the letters that candidates send are put in your file for the admissions staff to read. He said it was the best way for me to express my interest and to  update my file. I'm not sure if emails are printed out and put in your file. If you are writing emails to get answers to specific questions, I'd suggest calling in- in my experience, the admissions staff is really friendly and helpful.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Waitlisted at WUSTL
« on: April 29, 2007, 12:15:24 PM »
just an fyi, for what it's worth: i actually visited washu last week to express my interest in the school, and spoke with an admissions counselor. part of our conversation was about how the waitlist worked. the key piece of information that she passed on to me is that they are currently looking for people at the high end of the gpa range (i guess to balance out their gpa percentile). just wanted to pass on the information.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Waitlisted at WUSTL
« on: April 23, 2007, 05:29:22 PM »
did you do anything between the time you received your waitlist letter and when you were accepted?

Law School Admissions / Re: Just Finished my Northwestern Interview
« on: January 08, 2007, 01:16:30 PM »
i have my northwestern on-campus interview with an admissions officer later this week, and was wondering if anyone could give me some tips on what kinds of questions will be asked (aside from why law? and why NU?)

also, if there are any women out there who had an on-campus interview, did you wear a pants suit or a skirt suit? i'm having trouble deciding.


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