kk19131 wrote:I have no idea what the school's intentions were.Sauer Grapes wrote:I can't believe no one mentioned schools using WL as a soft reject. A LOT of schools do that in the T14. How should I consider my WL at Columbia? Do you really thing they had any intention of accepting me later? Probably not.kk19131 wrote:
*I consider being waitlisted an admission*
Northwestern is by far this guy's best shot, and if he wants to play it safe he'll ED as early as he can. That being said, I'd just apply to the entire T14 (minus HYS probably) as early as possible and see how it pans out.
What I do know is that if they wanted to reject you, they would have done it outright.
I'm curious as to how you know this. The "waitlist-as-soft-rejection" phenomenon is a pretty widespread one. Look, for example, at how many people Harvard waitlists compared to its class size. There is no way they intend to take any but the smallest fraction of those people. HLS has the courtesy to outright reject most WLers sometime in the summer, and many schools don't do that, even though they have no intention of admitting you.