« on: February 07, 2007, 12:32:30 PM »
My older brother got into his law school off the waitlist. He heard about it in July. From what I can tell, waitlist do not have a priority. Basically, when a slot opens, the committee can grab anyone from anywhere on the waitlist. You can be pulled off a waitlist at any time over the summer. The general policy is to send in a deposit to whichever school has already accepted you. If you get into a better school off the waitlist, then you send that school a new deposit and forego the space at the original school. Then if a better school grabs you, repeat the process with the new school until 1. you're in the your top choice or 2. no one else wants you.
If you choose to play the waitlist game you will likely lose hundreds of dollars in seat deposits. However, when all is said and done, getting into a better school is worth a few hundred anyway. I'm not sure how many people go on waitlists, I imagine it's a large enough number that the school feels confident they won't have any empty seats for next year, but many waitlisted people will not have the energy to hold out all summer or do not have the resources to make last minute plans. If you're willing to go the distance for the school you want on very short notice, then you're chances probably get better as the summer goes on and more poeple withdraw from waitlists. You should also send the schools letters at least every couple of months letting them know you're still interested.
So my advice to you is to pay the April 2 deposit at the school that has accepted you (assuming no one else accepts you before then) and then play the waitlist game and hope to win.