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What can you do if Waitlisted? Call?

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What can you do if Waitlisted? Call?
« on: March 08, 2005, 12:30:11 PM »

What should you ask if you call the admissions office?

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Re: What can you do if Waitlisted? Call?
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2005, 12:31:44 PM »
why, dammit, why!!!!????

that's what i asked Northwestern

Re: What can you do if Waitlisted? Call?
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2005, 12:32:58 PM »
and what'd they say?

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Re: What can you do if Waitlisted? Call?
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2005, 12:37:04 PM »
and what'd they say?


Very politely they said because you’re not of the general calibre of students that were admitted this year.

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Re: What can you do if Waitlisted? Call?
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2005, 02:46:56 PM »
I posted this elsewhere, but...

Call and say that you are trying to plan for next year and you have some questions about how their waitlist works.  Tell them that any information they are able to provide would be very helpful and appreciated, and you understand if they choose not to disclose some information.

(Note -- they may not disclose some of this information, but it can't hurt to ask.  The questions with *s they really should answer.)

1. How many students are on the waitlist?
2. Are they in any particular order, or is there a "high priority" list of students who would be admitted before the rest of the students on the waitlist?
*2.1 Can/should students submit additional information for their files (a letter of continued interest, an additional letter of recommendation, etc.)
2.2 If the list is in some sort of order, will the list be reprioritized as and when students submit additional information for their files?
3. How does the size of this year's waitlist compare with previous years?
4. In previous years, how many students (or what percent) on the waitlist ultimately were admitted? (be sure to clarify if this is based on the number of students placed on the waitlist or if it is based on the number of students affirmatively electing to stay on the waitlist).
5. Have there been any changes in the waitlist or admissions policies between those previous years and this year?  If so, how do they see those changes affecting the probabilities of being offered admission once placed on the waitlist?
*6. How soon after the first deposit for admitted students is due do they anticipate extending additional offers (if there are any) to students on the waitlist?  Or do they anticipate following a different timeline for drawing students from the waitlist?

Also, If you are writing a letter of continued interest and you have already been admitted to a school that is ranked higher than the school where you were waitlisted, you might want to mention that (presuming that your waitlist school is the one you prefer).  I also recommend that you include some specific reason for wanting to attend that school -- a particular professor or program or something.

Good luck!