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Hi all

The GMATclub forum has been immensely helpful so far. I've got a question about the MBA waitlist and hope you will be able to help me out.

I was waitlisted for 1 of the schools I applied to and will be meeting up with Adcom for a discussion.
If Adcom asks which other schools I have been accepted/ waitlisted, what would be the best response?
I want to reiterate that the school is definitely my top choice.
I have other offers in the bag but do I have to reveal it?

Thanks!
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Hi all

The GMATclub forum has been immensely helpful so far. I've got a question about the MBA waitlist and hope you will be able to help me out.

I was waitlisted for 1 of the schools I applied to and will be meeting up with Adcom for a discussion.
If Adcom asks which other schools I have been accepted/ waitlisted, what would be the best response?
I want to reiterate that the school is definitely my top choice.
I have other offers in the bag but do I have to reveal it?

Thanks!


If this school is your top choice, write down the reasons, and prioritise them. Take the top 3 and practice explaining it to a friend/ someone you respect.

If other schools that are in your bag fall short of being your best choice because if these reasons, you have to do less of convincing.

That said, do let them know of your other offers..
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Hey gmatmadness101 ,

Welcome to GMATClub :)

I would say name one school which is of equivalent rank and maybe two schools at a lower rank.

Make sure you tell them that school XYZ is still my first love. ;)

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New post 24 Mar 2018, 02:39
Wholeheartedly agree with TheIvyLeagueEdge on this one.

Stay focused on why this school, rather than why not competing schools.

As for me, I generally advise to only mention schools that are beneath the rank of the one in question. This way they are less concerned that if they choose you...you will choose them back.

I do see however how it might make you look more desirable to be sought after by one of their competing schools... but make sure that competing school X is less of a fit with your goals and values than their school.

The keyword here is fit. So that means you need to be quite clear about your goals and about their schools offerings to show how this is the ideal school to help you realize said goals.

They want to know that if they extend the opportunity to you that it will be well leveraged and not squandered because it is a scarce resource.

Quite honestly I think you should be more concerned about what you're going to be saying on this interview. I hope that you have engaged with someone as to why your application has been wait-listed and that you're going to provide additional insights and evidence on whatever has been a shortfall. Should that be your goals, leadership, etc. Make sure you are crystal clear on why you've been wait-listed and then by all means make sure you have a strategy and a *succinct* presentation to make to them, otherwise it's really a wasted opportunity.

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gmatmadness101 wrote:
Hi all

The GMATclub forum has been immensely helpful so far. I've got a question about the MBA waitlist and hope you will be able to help me out.

I was waitlisted for 1 of the schools I applied to and will be meeting up with Adcom for a discussion.
If Adcom asks which other schools I have been accepted/ waitlisted, what would be the best response?
I want to reiterate that the school is definitely my top choice.
I have other offers in the bag but do I have to reveal it?

Thanks!


Congrats on the waitlist! This means they really liked your application, but just don't have enough spots for you at this time. You should definitely let them know it is your #1 choice and you would instantly accept an offer. In addition, tell them any other school you were accepted at (similarly ranked schools. It won't help to mention a school that is much lower ranked). They key is to show them how you have improved since you submitted the application AND what you have done to show interest in the school. Who else have you met with on campus, etc? These are just a couple things to keep in mind.

Feel free to reach out with any further questions. We have a waitlist package as well if you are interested. Just this week three clients got in off waitlists at M7 schools. That said, the waitlist process can certainly be random so expect nothing and hope for the best.

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gmatmadness101 wrote:
Hi all

The GMATclub forum has been immensely helpful so far. I've got a question about the MBA waitlist and hope you will be able to help me out.

I was waitlisted for 1 of the schools I applied to and will be meeting up with Adcom for a discussion.
If Adcom asks which other schools I have been accepted/ waitlisted, what would be the best response?
I want to reiterate that the school is definitely my top choice.
I have other offers in the bag but do I have to reveal it?

Thanks!


Hi gmatmadness101,

Apologies for the delay in responding to you but we hope this finds you in time still.

We recommend that you mention the name of a program of an equivalent rank and two others of a slightly lower rank. The idea, of course, is to communicate the school in question is your absolute favorite. Hence, indicating a higher ranked school will not serve the purpose :)

Further to the above, it is very important to speak about the following:
- How your profile and career are in complete sync with the offerings of the said program and how you will be able to contribute towards the same.
- Focus on how your profile has improved since the time you submitted your application.

Hope this helps!

All the best! :)
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New post 08 Apr 2018, 02:21
gmatmadness101 wrote:
Hi all

The GMATclub forum has been immensely helpful so far. I've got a question about the MBA waitlist and hope you will be able to help me out.

I was waitlisted for 1 of the schools I applied to and will be meeting up with Adcom for a discussion.
If Adcom asks which other schools I have been accepted/ waitlisted, what would be the best response?
I want to reiterate that the school is definitely my top choice.
I have other offers in the bag but do I have to reveal it?

Thanks!


We recommend to mention 2 other schools. If possible, we recommend that the 2 other schools will be a bit easier to get into, than the current school (not much easier). In any case don't lie becasue schools can look at the GMAT score report to see which other schools an applicant sent their scores. Of course don't forget to explain why is this school a good fit for you!
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