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Postby gnotuy1 » Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:27 am

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chargers21
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Re: "If admitted will attend" in PS

Postby chargers21 » Tue Jul 18, 2017 1:41 am

what school could this possibly be?

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Re: "If admitted will attend" in PS

Postby waldorf » Tue Jul 18, 2017 1:54 am

chargers21 wrote:what school could this possibly be?


I did this because of personal reasons that required me to stay in a particular location so it was by far my number one choice.

If I could go back, I wouldn't have. It worked out, but it might not have had my circumstances changed and I was able to have more geographic flexibility at the time and decided to go somewhere else. If you change your mind after making such a statement, it's going to look bad. What if you end up getting into a better school with more scholarship money? You never know what might happen. Additionally, it could prevent you from negotiating scholarships successfully if the school thinks you will attend no matter what.

TLDR: Did this, but I don't think it's worth it, and I don't think it affected my outcome (I mean, maybe they were more enthusiastic about admitting me, but I performed exactly how my numbers said I would).

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Re: "If admitted will attend" in PS

Postby cavalier1138 » Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:25 am

Not worth it, especially because scholarship considerations can/should change your mind down the line.

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Re: "If admitted will attend" in PS

Postby gnotuy1 » Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:46 am

Thanks for the info. I'm mostly worried that this would get me waitlisted.

Any thoughts on whether writing this would get me waitlisted?

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Re: "If admitted will attend" in PS

Postby waldorf » Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:05 am

gnotuy1 wrote:Thanks for the info. I'm mostly worried that this would get me waitlisted.

Any thoughts on whether writing this would get me waitlisted?


What school (or at least school range) and what are your stats? Unless you're a URM or a Nobel Peace Prize winner, you probably won't outperform your numbers. Stating that you'll attend if admitted in unlikely to make any difference, and it's not worth the potential downsides.

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Re: "If admitted will attend" in PS

Postby AJordan » Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:19 am

Think of it this way, if you're a reject or a WL for them without that statement you're not going to be any different with that statement.

If you're a take for them without that statement you lose all negotiating power for scholarship money. There are serious downsides to doing this and no upside really.




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