« on: June 06, 2006, 08:24:50 AM »
i think that email is very honest- they had a "hold" category, they rejected much of that category, waitlisted some and admitted a few. A smaller group of holds is still being considered- what they are waiting for, i have no idea.
i can say that, not knowing any of your #'s, the few ppl admitted off the Penn waitlist on LSN all had 167-168s and 3.85+ GPAs. Ie they were looking to boost their GPA without admitting anyone below their 25% mark. If you look at the few admitted to CLS' class from waitlist, they are also all 3.8+ with high LSATs as well. That is, they are filling statistical holes in the class. My guess is that the class is pretty full, but the few spots that opened had to be filled to even out whatver they were missing- minorities, GPA or LSAT or something else. Thats how post-April admissions work. (i have a theory that Harvard sets this entire thing in motion- as is evident by them admitting 25 off the waitlist off the bat, allll with very high GPAs, which trickled down to the rest of the T14 and beyond, with high GPAs being called to replace those that decamped for Harv)
in any event, i dont think youd be out of line calling the dean. be VERY polite, be VERY cordial and apologetic for bothering him/her, say outright "i do not want to whine BUT" He wont say "oh, youre in!" but he might give you an idea of how full the class is, how confident they are about taking anyone else, what it really means to be on HOLD and not wl... i dont think it can hurt as long as you come off as someone for him to pity due to this inconvenience, not someone whose an ass.
best of luck