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Hi Paul, Thank you so much for offering your help on this forum. I really need help with a Stanford waitlist. I'm not quite sure how to interpret their instructions- I will definitely be writing them a letter reaffirming my interest, but should I actively solicit letters from alumni, faculty, or students there?
The instructions say that, "Additional submissions are neither requested nor suggested in order to be admitted from the waitlist. If, however, someone offers to write a letter on your behalf with new information not already reflected in your application, or if you wish to update us on any recent and substantive changes or achievements, please forward the supplemental information to the MBA Admissions Office. "
Are they discouraging letters and update letters? Would a campus visit help my case- if I visit campus will they know of that?
I would characterize Stanford's policy as "Discouraging contact but ...". I would pursue a limited, high-value wait-list campaign with them. Not regular updates but periodic ones that are short and contain substantive updates. Maybe once a month. If you have no substantive updates then probably refrain from contacting them yourself. I do think you can encourage others to send notes/letters of support but you should work with them to ensure that these notes/letters *do* contain new insight--i.e., refer to experiences/achievements not discussed in the application. You should also not be indiscriminate in whom you ask to write these letters. A substantive, insight-shedding note from a Stanford alum who knows you well and is not one of your recommenders would be the ideal letter-writer.
Paul, thanks so much for your insight. Will any Stanford alum be a good idea, or specifically one from the GSB? I don't personally know any GSB alum but know several professors that know me well- they have PhD's in economics from stanford. Thanks again for your advice!