Reasons for Rejection/Waitlist Despite Decent Numbers

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XtraordinaryMachine
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Reasons for Rejection/Waitlist Despite Decent Numbers

Postby XtraordinaryMachine » Sat Aug 28, 2010 10:37 pm

In your opinion, why are most people rejected or waitlisted with decent numbers (above or around the median)?
Is this most likely due to late applications? Is taking the Dec Lsat too late if your a splitter?

Ex: LSAT: 171
GPA: 3.54

Waitlisted at Cornell (Assuming he/she is not a sociopath)

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Hannibal
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Re: Reasons for Rejection/Waitlist Despite Decent Numbers

Postby Hannibal » Sat Aug 28, 2010 10:41 pm

Late applications, negatively impacting softs, yield protection, luck. Not in that order.

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Re: Reasons for Rejection/Waitlist Despite Decent Numbers

Postby TaipeiMort » Sat Aug 28, 2010 11:22 pm

Hannibal wrote:Late applications, negatively impacting softs, yield protection, luck. Not in that order.


Additionally, being a member of a particular group which the school already has enough of, and by adding you (at or slightly above the medians) the school would suffer a hit in diversity make-up. This may include Asians at Berkeley and UCLA, conservative white males at Stanford, and kids who shop at hot topic at NYU.

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Re: Reasons for Rejection/Waitlist Despite Decent Numbers

Postby acrossthelake » Sat Aug 28, 2010 11:24 pm

TaipeiMort wrote:
Hannibal wrote:Late applications, negatively impacting softs, yield protection, luck. Not in that order.


Additionally, being a member of a particular group which the school already has enough of, and by adding you (at or slightly above the medians) the school would suffer a hit in diversity make-up. This may include Asians at Berkeley and UCLA, conservative white males at Stanford, and kids who shop at hot topic at NYU.


I lol'ed.

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Re: Reasons for Rejection/Waitlist Despite Decent Numbers

Postby bdubs » Sat Aug 28, 2010 11:37 pm

XtraordinaryMachine wrote:In your opinion, why are most people rejected or waitlisted with decent numbers (above or around the median)?
Is this most likely due to late applications? Is taking the Dec Lsat too late if your a splitter?

Ex: LSAT: 171
GPA: 3.54

Waitlisted at Cornell (Assuming he/she is not a sociopath)


I would assume that bad LORs and/or a poorly written PS could explain being dinged at a school where you would expect an admit.

Also, check the applicants other applications and where they were accepted or denied. Is there a pattern of denials from otherwise reasonable shots? I think you can generally see this from LSN if you look closely at a pool of applicants with your general numbers (some with very good cycles, some with poor cycles).

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Re: Reasons for Rejection/Waitlist Despite Decent Numbers

Postby vanwinkle » Sat Aug 28, 2010 11:45 pm

For a late application I think the #1 reason for a WL would just be timing. Even if they decided that late in the cycle they have enough people like you and don't need any more, you very likely could've gotten in earlier before they'd had their fill of applicants like you, if you'd applied back in Sep/Oct.




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