I’m contemplating writing a letter of continued interest to Boalt Hall, my absolute number one choice. I almost started writing, but then I came across Dean Tom’s interview:
If one ends up on the waitlist, is there anything that you can do to increase the likelihood of admission?
Dean Tom: “No. There’s nothing you can do to improve your chances. And we tell people that when we inform them that they are on the waiting list. The waiting list is ranked by the faculty at the time the decision is made to waitlist them, because we believe the information is fresh in their mind and they’re best able to assign a waitlist ranking at that time.”
So saying that you’re still interested doesn’t matter?
Dean Tom: “Well, that helps us, but it’s not going to improve your chances or position.”
My main reason for wanting to go to Boalt is simply because it’s a great school. They do have several programs I’m especially interested in, but I already discussed those in the admissions essay. Should I still write the LCI?