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Re: LBS 2010 Waitlist Thread [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2010, 20:30
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had a look at last year's LBS WL thread on BW; i needed to set my expectations well on this, and it surely helped!
for the record, i think LBS's waitlist strategy is just brutal, very "selfish", and demeaning. that's only my view, and it won't keep me from saying that London remains my favorite school by far. But at least for now, i have a decent reply for the "what don't you like about the school?"
gents what are your plans apart from LBS? regardless of the far outcomes of our status, i would certainly like to keep in touch with smart people sharing the same misery -and ambition.
personally, my opportunity cost is way too high; the only school for which i'm willing to take that risk is actually LBS and i have no problem waiting or re-applying next year. Meanwhile, I'll focus in the next couple of months on my last cfa level test, then explore maybe other job opportunities while keeping an eye on LBS. I just turned down a school offer and dropped out of the waitlist of another school.


agree with you frontline...
we have to move on as well... explore other options and enrich our experiences during this long wait...
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Re: LBS 2010 Waitlist Thread [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2010, 20:54
there's some much needed kick in the head news... apparently, there are a LOT of people on the WL. that being true, we're really not much better off than new applicants for the next round: they didn't shed off as many people as i hoped, and we, apparently, are not that special...

am i correct in saying that everyone who got waitlisted got interviewed already? meaning, there are no waitlists without interviews? that'll narrow down the pool a little bit, i tihnk.

waitlist strategies... here are mine:

1. hedge by working on two things in parallel: ensure my slot in the school i got into, while simultaneously making my LBS application even better... letters to the admin, etc. this is much harder than it sounds like, because the other school is in a whole different country, so the loan process is different, the visa requirements are different, etc. so i don't really want to spend too much energy on it yet, knowing that i might not even be matriculating there.

2. get in touch with LBS friends, just to touch base and maybe ask them for help (not sure what help yet).

3. email back the admits committee, restating just how interested i still am in LBS.

other tips and strategies you know of, please share. thanks all, you guys make this waitlist period so much easier. if nothing else, it's nice to know we all commiserate with each other.
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Re: LBS 2010 Waitlist Thread [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2010, 21:53
i agree with bsd's point.

chainchain, i'm usually very cautious when it comes to extracting or believing stats from forums for the following reasons:
1 - forums, based on my own limited experience, are not a reliable indicator of the count of admits/wl/dings or even the proportions among these (ie the sample extracted from forums is not helpful to interpolate for the wider population).
2 - add to that, as you might have noticed during the last decision release, there are many lurkers (multiples of the current active posters here) surfing around; you'll hear from some of these guys later when things get a bit hotter, or when questions arise.
3 - i think there's a skew in terms that admitted folks would be naturally more vocal to report their results compared to waitlisted and rejected applicants.

what i'm confident of: (i) the waitlisted pool is sufficiently large, (ii) LBS' yield is high (iii) the large majority of us will wait many months before getting a "closure" and (iv) our chances are on the low side.
therefore, my tip would be to set our expectations well, realize that our applications and profiles are competitive in this fierce weird MBA industry, and seriously and realistically move on and consider other options.




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I think you are desperately trying to find positive signs to feel better. The process is usually very standardised and there are enough great candidates every year to have a good waitlist pool.
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Re: LBS 2010 Waitlist Thread [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2010, 22:08
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i agree with bsd's point.
what i'm confident of: (i) the waitlisted pool is sufficiently large, (ii) LBS' yield is high (iii) the large majority of us will wait many months before getting a "closure" and (iv) our chances are on the low side.
therefore, my tip would be to set our expectations well, realize that our applications and profiles are competitive in this fierce weird MBA industry, and seriously and realistically move on and consider other options.


Frontline, I definitely agree with you. After reading all the post in the last years, I lowered my chance to still be admitted at LBS at 1%, thus I will move on with my life - accept the offer of another school. For me there's no option to be deferred to a next year admission, as my age is higher than the average.
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Re: LBS 2010 Waitlist Thread [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2010, 22:12
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am i correct in saying that everyone who got waitlisted got interviewed already? meaning, there are no waitlists without interviews? that'll narrow down the pool a little bit, i tihnk.


not sure how it helps, but i highly doubt any pre-interview place on the waitlist is ever granted.


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other tips and strategies you know of, please share. thanks all, you guys make this waitlist period so much easier. if nothing else, it's nice to know we all commiserate with each other.


i'm adopting a passive wait-and-see approach; i won't be sending any additional recommendation/letter (at least for now).
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Re: LBS 2010 Waitlist Thread [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2010, 01:29
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Frontline wrote:
i agree with bsd's point.
what i'm confident of: (i) the waitlisted pool is sufficiently large, (ii) LBS' yield is high (iii) the large majority of us will wait many months before getting a "closure" and (iv) our chances are on the low side.
therefore, my tip would be to set our expectations well, realize that our applications and profiles are competitive in this fierce weird MBA industry, and seriously and realistically move on and consider other options.


Frontline, I definitely agree with you. After reading all the post in the last years, I lowered my chance to still be admitted at LBS at 1%, thus I will move on with my life - accept the offer of another school. For me there's no option to be deferred to a next year admission, as my age is higher than the average.


Good for you, a11c99, my age is also on the high side but unfortunately I did not hedge my apps this year.

Indeed, the chance of converting from a waitlister to an admit seems more and more slim and it is too late in the game to apply for other schools. Moving on.
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Re: LBS 2010 Waitlist Thread [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2010, 04:36
Good to hear a11c99. where are you headed?

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Frontline, I definitely agree with you. After reading all the post in the last years, I lowered my chance to still be admitted at LBS at 1%, thus I will move on with my life - accept the offer of another school. For me there's no option to be deferred to a next year admission, as my age is higher than the average.
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Re: LBS 2010 Waitlist Thread [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2010, 06:26
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Good to hear a11c99. where are you headed?

a11c99 wrote:
Frontline, I definitely agree with you. After reading all the post in the last years, I lowered my chance to still be admitted at LBS at 1%, thus I will move on with my life - accept the offer of another school. For me there's no option to be deferred to a next year admission, as my age is higher than the average.


I have to choose between Oxford (no scholarship/no bank financing agreement via school) and Cranfield (some scholarship/very good agreement with HSBC) .... probably will go to Oxford, although I will have to make an extension of my mortgage-backed house loan :( ...

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Good for you, a11c99, my age is also on the high side but unfortunately I did not hedge my apps this year.

Indeed, the chance of converting from a waitlister to an admit seems more and more slim and it is too late in the game to apply for other schools. Moving on.

:) I think there are some good chances to get an admit at IE (rolling admit, Nov'10 or April'11), INSEAD Jan'11 or Vlerick, if you consider European MBAs.
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Re: LBS 2010 Waitlist Thread [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2010, 20:27
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boeinz wrote:
Good for you, a11c99, my age is also on the high side but unfortunately I did not hedge my apps this year.

Indeed, the chance of converting from a waitlister to an admit seems more and more slim and it is too late in the game to apply for other schools. Moving on.

:) I think there are some good chances to get an admit at IE (rolling admit, Nov'10 or April'11), INSEAD Jan'11 or Vlerick, if you consider European MBAs.


Thanks mate! :-D
am considering INSEAD Jan'11 Round 2.. half at fontainbleu, half at singapore... so i'll be back at writing essays soon :x
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Re: LBS 2010 Waitlist Thread [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2010, 18:40
it is definitely with some regret (i am really being sincere here) that i will shortly withdraw my admittance to LBS.

i wish i could allocate my spot to many of the more than qualified waitlisters here on gmatclub.

good luck to every one of you.

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Re: LBS 2010 Waitlist Thread [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2010, 22:17
Quantjock, what school are you joining?
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Re: LBS 2010 Waitlist Thread [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2010, 22:40
quantjock CONGRATS ON STANFORD!!! so i guess all that waiting was worth it ;)
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Re: LBS 2010 Waitlist Thread [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2010, 00:22
hi guys

I am maintaining a list of WL on BW => London Business School 2010 - Waitlisted

1 mbaba2010 R2 Canada Still on WL
3 Chainchain R2 Western Europe Still on WL
3 Poltina R1 Eastern Europe Still on WL
4 digorod R1 Latin America Still on WL
5 madiaz R2 Latin America Still on WL
6 Excellsior2010 R2 Unknown Still on WL
7 DB66460 R2 Unknown Still on WL
8 sf2012 R? USA Still on WL

Can you please give me your profile detail ?
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Re: LBS 2010 Waitlist Thread [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2010, 03:30
9 more days to waitlist review!

My money is that no more than 3 people at GMATclub get off the waitlist
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Re: LBS 2010 Waitlist Thread [#permalink] New post 07 Apr 2010, 02:44
Add me to the waitlist as well R2. I've been posting on the LBS 2010 thread.
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Re: LBS 2010 Waitlist Thread [#permalink] New post 08 Apr 2010, 05:13
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9 more days to waitlist review!

My money is that no more than 3 people at GMATclub get off the waitlist
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why 9 days? is it for R1 or R2?
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Re: LBS 2010 Waitlist Thread [#permalink] New post 08 Apr 2010, 07:43
bsd_lover or anyone else: any ideas on how the waitlist affect chances of receiving scholarships? As I understand, LBS offer scholarships to admitted candidates without the need for a separate application.

So would being waitlisted significantly reduce our chances?
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Re: LBS 2010 Waitlist Thread [#permalink] New post 08 Apr 2010, 23:07
My view is that most scholarships at any buss schools are awarded on certain dates or on first-come first-served basis, thus most are gone after R1 and R2. Considering the experience of bsd_lover from previous year, I think we will not have a clear decision (admit/ding) until the very last days before the start of the year, so all the scholarships will be gone at that moment ....
Perhaps someone who is now at LBS could tell us if any scholarship was awarded after R2 in 2009.

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bsd_lover or anyone else: any ideas on how the waitlist affect chances of receiving scholarships? As I understand, LBS offer scholarships to admitted candidates without the need for a separate application.

So would being waitlisted significantly reduce our chances?
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Re: LBS 2010 Waitlist Thread [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2010, 03:13
vodkacran wrote:
adcxaway wrote:
9 more days to waitlist review!

My money is that no more than 3 people at GMATclub get off the waitlist
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why 9 days? is it for R1 or R2?


definitely not for R2 WL...
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