What are the odds of getting admitted after being waitlisted

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cardstrong5
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What are the odds of getting admitted after being waitlisted

Postby cardstrong5 » Fri Jul 13, 2012 2:44 am

Excuse my ignorance, but if I get waitlisted by a school I'd like to, how reasonable would it be to expect to still get accepted? Does anyone have those general statistics?

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emkay625
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Re: What are the odds of getting admitted after being waitlisted

Postby emkay625 » Fri Jul 13, 2012 2:59 am

It varies widely from school to school and from year to year. Are you thinking of a particular school?

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KevinP
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Re: What are the odds of getting admitted after being waitlisted

Postby KevinP » Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:01 am

This is a very general question, and therefore the answer depends on the circumstances surrounding the waitlist. Some schools (e.g. Columbia) waitlist a ton of people who have no shot at getting in while other schools (e.g. Berkeley) waitlist only those who have a legitimate chance of eventually being accepted.

If you are above both medians, this is likely a case of "yield protect", and you have a strong shot of getting in provided you convince them that you really want to attend. If are you noticeably below both medians, the waitlist is essentially a soft rejection. If you are around the medians of a school, that's when it becomes hard to predict one's chances, especially amidst the current decline in applicants.

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Re: What are the odds of getting admitted after being waitlisted

Postby 2014 » Fri Jul 13, 2012 2:42 pm

Completely depends on your numbers and the school. By and large though if you are above one of their medians, particularly the LSAT median, your chances are pretty solid.




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