MBA Admissions: Multiple Acceptances and Waitlisted
A few MBA applicant bloggers are dealing with questions now that they have received first round decisions. First Hakuna Matata!!! is thrilled to be accepted to Yale SOM and Cornell Johnson. Congratulations!
He asks several questions in "3 down...1 to go!" and I am going to respond to those that aren't visa-related. (I know nothing about immigration law.)
MissionMBA has had a very different experience. He was rejected at one school and waitlisted at Tuck. He appropriately takes Tuck's waitlist decision as good news. Wisely, MBAMission realizes that "recent changes at my workplace" may give him something significant and appealing to write about.
That point is key for waitlisted applicants. The schools that accept updates are keenly interested in information that will help them assess the quality of your candidacy and your fit with their program. The last sentence implies substantive updates -- not generated junk. Quality over quantity. At the same time, staying in touch (without being a pest or showing poor judgment) demonstrates interest and shows character. Conversely if you do nothing, schools that welcome updates will assume either a lack of interest or a stagnant applicant. And finally, those waitlisted applicants who incessantly call and/or email about nothing will be revealing a lack of consideration and the poor judgment that could actually cause a ding.
A few resources for MBAMission and other waitlisted applicants: