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 Post subject: Other than the obvious reason, why is getting waitlisted bad
PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 10:51 am 

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I've seen a number of posts from people who withdrew their applications because they thought they were going to get waitlisted. Is there some disadvantage to being waitlisted in terms of how it affects your chances at other schools?


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 Post subject: Re: Other than the obvious reason, why is getting waitlisted bad
PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 10:52 am 

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 Post subject: Re: Other than the obvious reason, why is getting waitlisted bad
PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 10:52 am 
Princess of Fordham

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blueox wrote:
I've seen a number of posts from people who withdrew their applications because they thought they were going to get waitlisted. Is there some disadvantage to being waitlisted in terms of how it affects your chances at other schools?


No, other schools will not know. People hate waitlists because they are mind-numbingly agonizing, and some would prefer a quick death over a lingering one.


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 Post subject: Re: Other than the obvious reason, why is getting waitlisted bad
PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 11:37 am 

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OperaSoprano wrote:
No, other schools will not know. People hate waitlists because they are mind-numbingly agonizing, and some would prefer a quick death over a lingering one.


That's pretty much it. Plus, being waitlisted means sitting around all summer, possibly up until the day class starts, to see if you will get in off the waitlist. If the school is halfway across the country, that may not be desirable, so being waitlisted is no different from being rejected.


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 Post subject: Re: Other than the obvious reason, why is getting waitlisted bad
PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 11:42 am 

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also, unless it was obvious yp, it's difficult to parlay a waitlist/accept into any $$$. so getting waitlisted at a school you wanted to go to is a heads up that even if you eventually get in, you prolly gonna be paying sticker.


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 Post subject: Re: Other than the obvious reason, why is getting waitlisted bad
PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 11:14 pm 

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Chuch wrote:
also, unless it was obvious yp, it's difficult to parlay a waitlist/accept into any $$$. so getting waitlisted at a school you wanted to go to is a heads up that even if you eventually get in, you prolly gonna be paying sticker.


Does it have any impact on the loans that the fin aid office gets you though? I mean, you aren't just handed the bill and expected to figure it out yourself are you?

and meanwhile you are gambling on that school you are waiting for, it means you cant make the contract deadlines for the schools you are in to, thus you have to bet on the WL school and if they don't admit you you're out on your ass, no?


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 Post subject: Re: Other than the obvious reason, why is getting waitlisted bad
PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 11:19 pm 

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and meanwhile you are gambling on that school you are waiting for, it means you cant make the contract deadlines for the schools you are in to, thus you have to bet on the WL school and if they don't admit you you're out on your ass, no?


Most schools' deposits are non-binding, but non-refundable. So, if you get off a waitlist and choose that school after paying your deposit somewhere else, you are simply out a few hundred dollars.


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 Post subject: Re: Other than the obvious reason, why is getting waitlisted bad
PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 11:27 pm 

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an acceptance from a WL is also non-deferrable


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 Post subject: Re: Other than the obvious reason, why is getting waitlisted bad
PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 11:30 pm 
Princess of Fordham

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I asked an adcomm about the practice of depositing elsewhere, and was told that schools expect waitlisted candidates to do this. Losing the money sucks, but it also prolongs the wait for others further down the waitlist foodchain. If I get into my dream school, and leave a seat open at the school where I've deposited, that school will dip into its waitlist, and so on down the line, until classes start and the very last waitlistee receives his or her 11th hour miracle.


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 Post subject: Re: Other than the obvious reason, why is getting waitlisted bad
PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 11:55 pm 

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... this practice seems barbaric compared to the finesse of the application process at its early stages


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