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Hey all. I have a question regarding waitlist updates. I want to send an update to the two schools that waitlisted me, Darden and Yale, regarding some accomplishments that have occurred since I applied. I haven't been promoted, but have taken on some cool and impactful projects that I'd like to share with the AdCom. But I'm wondering how much detail is too much detail. There's quite a bit I could talk about, and could easily write 500 words, but is this overdoing it for a waitlist update? I'm just struggling trying to determine how much info is appropriate.

Any help at all is appreciated. Thanks

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Hi there - the best practice here is to limit your "updates" to a page. The best ones I've seen are actually bullets. Just get to the main point (you were selected for something, proactively did something, accomplished something etc). Importantly, these notes should always include a reaffirmation of how much you want to attend the school (this matters a lot).

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mgo113 wrote:
Hey all. I have a question regarding waitlist updates. I want to send an update to the two schools that waitlisted me, Darden and Yale, regarding some accomplishments that have occurred since I applied. I haven't been promoted, but have taken on some cool and impactful projects that I'd like to share with the AdCom. But I'm wondering how much detail is too much detail. There's quite a bit I could talk about, and could easily write 500 words, but is this overdoing it for a waitlist update? I'm just struggling trying to determine how much info is appropriate.
I think a paragraph or two of the key aspects of the project, along with adding that you are very interested in the school and hope to be admitted is really all you should do. Don't make it another application essay! I would make sure you reach out before the school makes any last round decisions as well. Good luck!
Any help at all is appreciated. Thanks

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mgo113 wrote:
Hey all. I have a question regarding waitlist updates. I want to send an update to the two schools that waitlisted me, Darden and Yale, regarding some accomplishments that have occurred since I applied. I haven't been promoted, but have taken on some cool and impactful projects that I'd like to share with the AdCom. But I'm wondering how much detail is too much detail. There's quite a bit I could talk about, and could easily write 500 words, but is this overdoing it for a waitlist update? I'm just struggling trying to determine how much info is appropriate.

Any help at all is appreciated. Thanks


Great question. While it really does depend on the content, 500 words is a bit long. Without a promotion or new job, 200-300 words should be plenty. A good test is to ask yourself whether the admissions committees would be interested in reading it and whether they would change their opinion of you because of the updates. This isn't where you write a whole essay though. Keep it more factual and perhaps some connection to the school.

Good luck and reach out if you want assistance with the update.

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New post 14 Apr 2017, 17:07
Hi,

Here is an approach that you can take for this situation:

1. Clearly convey that you are deeply interested in the program and really wish to join.
2. Mention the updates you are talking about; some update is better than none. Try to highlight a dimension in your experience that you feel was missing in the initial application.
3. Avoid being verbose; stick to the context; keep it concise, focusing on the above two points. Don't worry much about the word limit; as long as you are making sense, you are good. From what I read in your post, ~300 words seems to be a good estimate.

Needless to say, keep it high on etiquette, being liked and being selected are inter-related :). Think of it this way- in case someone pulls out, you must be on the mind of the adcom.

Hope you convert the waitlist. All the best!



mgo113 wrote:
Hey all. I have a question regarding waitlist updates. I want to send an update to the two schools that waitlisted me, Darden and Yale, regarding some accomplishments that have occurred since I applied. I haven't been promoted, but have taken on some cool and impactful projects that I'd like to share with the AdCom. But I'm wondering how much detail is too much detail. There's quite a bit I could talk about, and could easily write 500 words, but is this overdoing it for a waitlist update? I'm just struggling trying to determine how much info is appropriate.

Any help at all is appreciated. Thanks

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Thank you everyone. Very helpful advice. My first draft was far too verbose, so I've cut it down to 300 words. I'll use that as a guideline for future updates.

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You are most welcome. Keep us updated! Good luck

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You want to keep these nice and structured and to the point. With the updates they should just be that an update not a full blown essay to approach it that way. I would not go beyond one page here but def share your updates
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