I'm working on an LOCI to send to Harvard while sitting on the waitlist there, and I'm thinking of a line that Mr. Spivey said on a recent podcast about how ad comms have entire file cabinets of 4.0 candidates to differentiate between when looking to admit a waitlister...
So, do top schools ever consider average candidates (like at that school's GPA/LSAT median), or even below average, for waitlist spots? Makes sense that they would fill these occasional holes in the class with splitters or other statistically strong candidates just to boost their medians.
I'm gonna submit this LOCI either way, just wondering how futile it is
Generally speaking, when deciding which wait-listed applicants to admit, schools are most concerned with 1) identifying the students that fill in the gaps or strengthen their incoming class (LSAT, GPA, work experience, gender balance, etc.). These are things that are out of your control at this stage; 2) knowing that a student is still interested in the school and perhaps why they are interested in particular; and 3) knowing that a student would (immediately) accept an offer and enroll.
Stay in the game and submit the LOCI.
Statistically speaking, you may still have the same percent chance of being admitted from the WL as you would from the regular pool - but you can't win if you don't play