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New post 01 Jan 2009, 18:14
I have been waitlisted at Cornell which is in close running as my top choice. I downloaded and faxed in a generic letter from their website that stated that I wanted to remain on the waitlist and a number to contact me.

I have also received an email stating to contact the school to set up a feedback session that will take place sometime in late March. Do I simply send them an email stating that I would like the feedback session and then maybe include a few sentences about my interest in Cornell or do I send a full "this is why I want Johnson" email? I have a good idea that my gpa was one of the biggest factors and I plan to take classes this spring. I am just not sure if I should wait to submit a long statement until after I receive feedback or just go ahead and do it now? I obviously will have no chance of getting off the waitlist until I submit this and March seems a like a long wait.

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New post 01 Jan 2009, 20:02
Im in the same boat as you with Cornell. I decided to take a proactive approach to address what I believe is the weakness in my app....instead of waiting until March. I am rolling the dice big time but there is no going back now :-D
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New post 01 Jan 2009, 20:09
If I were you, I'd call and ask Michael Corbett, the adcom contact who co-ordinates the visits. Don't email because he hates email (his own words). He seemed like a really helpful guy and I'm sure he'd be willing to help you out in understanding the whole waitlist process, or at least send to you the right person.

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New post 01 Jan 2009, 21:01
You guys invested enormous amount of effort, time and other resources in your application packages. Now that you've been wait-listed, let's not act all pessimistic but give your application a last push!

Wait-list Situation: All bschools want a full incoming class. Their financial status is critical upon full classrooms. Also, shaping the "right" student body in the incoming class affects the school's reputation, ranking and other critical factors. So, when adcoms send out admits, they make a realistic estimate of their yield. In case the yield falls under their forecast, adcoms need some students on back-up who can fill out the incoming class. These are the students on the waitlist.

Most schools send out a letter asking you if you will accept a slot on the waitlist. If you refuse, that’s the end of the story. If you accept, you then wait. How long you wait depends on the school’s enrollment picture. Worst case scenario, students have been known to receive acceptances from the waitlist a week before classes start. May and June are more typical notification times. (some as late as august for some bschools - but this all depends on your application round)

It’s important that you have a sense of the math, for in most cases the numbers aren’t encouraging. Although you should look for a way to make your application more appealing in the eyes of the adcoms (while you wait), you shouldn't pin your hopes on receiving admit letter. You should also consider backup plans.

Game Plan While You Wait:

If you are still interested in that school and would attend if removed from the waitlist, you should contact the college asap. This contact should be in writing and it should be brief (one page). What you want to convey is that you remain interested, that [blank] University is your first choice, and that you will matriculate if admitted. Let them know you’re a sure thing (but only if you are). Then write about anything that may be relevant - awards won, leadership positions earned, or other significant accomplishments that, had you earned them prior to submitting your application, you would’ve incoroporated in the original application.

What not to do if you’re waitlisted? Here’s where students go wrong. Do not send daily letters to the admissions office until you’re taking off the waitlist explaining all the trials of life as a waitlisted student and reasons you should be admitted. Do not send gifts. Do not make multiple phone calls. Do not have every alum you know contact the college. Do not visit the college and sit in their reception area until someone agrees to admit you. In general, do not be creepy or annoying.You may call the office and express your sincere interest in attending the college and ask directly what would be beneficial. The admissions office may have their own ideas of what they need from you but typically, they’ll ask you to write a letter. Bottom line - be respectful of the process and the difficult decisions the admissions officers had to make.
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New post 02 Jan 2009, 12:01
Thanks alot guys. I am finishing up the letter and I think I will give Michael a call to find out any more information. I will most likely send in a statement before the feedback session.

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