Waitlist Purgatory 2009-2010

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Re: Waitlist Purgatory 2009-2010

Postby traehekat » Thu Jan 07, 2010 4:03 pm

How much do you guys suspect LOCIs help in getting off a waitlist? I have always kind of assumed everyone is just indexed and as space opens up, they start accepting applicants on the waitlist towards the top of the index. This may not be how every school does it, though. Any thoughts?

OH and while I am at it, here's another question: What do you guys think is the MOST helpful in getting off a waitlist? Obviously I think retaking the LSAT and scoring higher is probably at the top, but after that what do you think is more important? LOCI? GPA increase by like, .05 pts? Updated resume with new leadership positions? Another LOR?

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Re: Waitlist Purgatory 2009-2010

Postby 02082010 » Thu Jan 07, 2010 4:18 pm

traehekat wrote:How much do you guys suspect LOCIs help in getting off a waitlist? I have always kind of assumed everyone is just indexed and as space opens up, they start accepting applicants on the waitlist towards the top of the index. This may not be how every school does it, though. Any thoughts?

OH and while I am at it, here's another question: What do you guys think is the MOST helpful in getting off a waitlist? Obviously I think retaking the LSAT and scoring higher is probably at the top, but after that what do you think is more important? LOCI? GPA increase by like, .05 pts? Updated resume with new leadership positions? Another LOR?


Aside from GPA and LSAT boosts, I think LOCI and visits are the best way. But as I said, and to answer your first question, WL accepts are more about the people who decide not to attend. For example, if Michigan accepts a high GPA white female from a prestigious UG who chooses not to attend, then when looking through their waitlist, they are going to try to take some off the WL with a similar profile.

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Re: Waitlist Purgatory 2009-2010

Postby traehekat » Thu Jan 07, 2010 4:27 pm

hopefulundergrad wrote:
traehekat wrote:How much do you guys suspect LOCIs help in getting off a waitlist? I have always kind of assumed everyone is just indexed and as space opens up, they start accepting applicants on the waitlist towards the top of the index. This may not be how every school does it, though. Any thoughts?

OH and while I am at it, here's another question: What do you guys think is the MOST helpful in getting off a waitlist? Obviously I think retaking the LSAT and scoring higher is probably at the top, but after that what do you think is more important? LOCI? GPA increase by like, .05 pts? Updated resume with new leadership positions? Another LOR?


Aside from GPA and LSAT boosts, I think LOCI and visits are the best way. But as I said, and to answer your first question, WL accepts are more about the people who decide not to attend. For example, if Michigan accepts a high GPA white female from a prestigious UG who chooses not to attend, then when looking through their waitlist, they are going to try to take some off the WL with a similar profile.


Interesting! Didn't know that, thanks.

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Re: Waitlist Purgatory 2009-2010

Postby statuscheckerssuck » Fri Jan 08, 2010 12:18 pm

I am just going to go ahead and join this thread a few days early in anticipation of my Vandy waitlist that is in the mail.

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Re: Waitlist Purgatory 2009-2010

Postby 02082010 » Fri Jan 08, 2010 2:04 pm

statuscheckerssuck wrote:I am just going to go ahead and join this thread a few days early in anticipation of my Vandy waitlist that is in the mail.


I'm sorry, but welcome!

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Re: Waitlist Purgatory 2009-2010

Postby statuscheckerssuck » Fri Jan 08, 2010 2:08 pm

hopefulundergrad wrote:
statuscheckerssuck wrote:I am just going to go ahead and join this thread a few days early in anticipation of my Vandy waitlist that is in the mail.


I'm sorry, but welcome!


It is expected, but the first negative news of the cycle is not fun.

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Re: Waitlist Purgatory 2009-2010

Postby SummerLaw » Fri Jan 08, 2010 5:03 pm

Preferred WL at Gtown... anyone else?

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Re: Waitlist Purgatory 2009-2010

Postby goosey » Fri Jan 08, 2010 5:20 pm

deferred at my safety, unofficial hold at my super reach top choice. le sigh.

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Re: Waitlist Purgatory 2009-2010

Postby robin600 » Fri Jan 08, 2010 5:26 pm

Great, another waitlist email from the University of Minnesota. IDK how I'm going to keep track of my waitlists this cycle!

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Re: Waitlist Purgatory 2009-2010

Postby peyso » Fri Jan 08, 2010 5:53 pm

SummerLaw wrote:Preferred WL at Gtown... anyone else?


+1

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Re: Waitlist Purgatory 2009-2010

Postby starstruck393 » Fri Jan 08, 2010 5:59 pm

traehekat wrote:How much do you guys suspect LOCIs help in getting off a waitlist? I have always kind of assumed everyone is just indexed and as space opens up, they start accepting applicants on the waitlist towards the top of the index. This may not be how every school does it, though. Any thoughts?

OH and while I am at it, here's another question: What do you guys think is the MOST helpful in getting off a waitlist? Obviously I think retaking the LSAT and scoring higher is probably at the top, but after that what do you think is more important? LOCI? GPA increase by like, .05 pts? Updated resume with new leadership positions? Another LOR?


I think LOCI's are a great help. Not just one, but regular contact, letting them know how interested you are, why you want to attend, and getting them to like you. Win the crowd and you'll win your freedom

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Re: Waitlist Purgatory 2009-2010

Postby rw2264 » Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:02 pm

starstruck393 wrote:
traehekat wrote:How much do you guys suspect LOCIs help in getting off a waitlist? I have always kind of assumed everyone is just indexed and as space opens up, they start accepting applicants on the waitlist towards the top of the index. This may not be how every school does it, though. Any thoughts?

OH and while I am at it, here's another question: What do you guys think is the MOST helpful in getting off a waitlist? Obviously I think retaking the LSAT and scoring higher is probably at the top, but after that what do you think is more important? LOCI? GPA increase by like, .05 pts? Updated resume with new leadership positions? Another LOR?


I think LOCI's are a great help. Not just one, but regular contact, letting them know how interested you are, why you want to attend, and getting them to like you. Win the crowd and you'll win your freedom


also letting them know that you WILL attend if offered a spot.

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Re: Waitlist Purgatory 2009-2010

Postby thestoryends » Fri Jan 08, 2010 7:23 pm

statuscheckerssuck wrote:I am just going to go ahead and join this thread a few days early in anticipation of my Vandy waitlist that is in the mail.


this.

i know my first two LOR's were bangin, so I'm thinking another one won't do much good... any waitlist/ins from last cycle have some insight here? i'm ready to move onto the pit of rejection and i haven't even gotten the letter yet.

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Re: Waitlist Purgatory 2009-2010

Postby wired » Fri Jan 08, 2010 8:28 pm

thestoryends wrote:
statuscheckerssuck wrote:I am just going to go ahead and join this thread a few days early in anticipation of my Vandy waitlist that is in the mail.


this.

i know my first two LOR's were bangin, so I'm thinking another one won't do much good... any waitlist/ins from last cycle have some insight here? i'm ready to move onto the pit of rejection and i haven't even gotten the letter yet.


+1. I am part of the "will soon be WL'd at Vandy" group. (Then again, we might all be too optimistic about not being rejected outright.)

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Re: Waitlist Purgatory 2009-2010

Postby traehekat » Wed Jan 13, 2010 3:30 pm

Considering the number of applications are up, anyone suspect the number of applicants waitlisted this cycle will increase? I have to imagine they will assuming there are a lot of qualified applicants who are applying to a lot more schools than they normally would.

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Re: Waitlist Purgatory 2009-2010

Postby goodolgil » Wed Jan 13, 2010 3:33 pm

You guys ever encounter admissions layman who kind of think of the waitlist as being a *good* thing when you tell them about it. You should see the reactions I get when I tell people I'm on the "preferred' WL at GULC.

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Re: Waitlist Purgatory 2009-2010

Postby 02082010 » Fri Jan 15, 2010 2:58 pm

bump

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Re: Waitlist Purgatory 2009-2010

Postby Lurkster » Fri Jan 15, 2010 3:01 pm

Hi, still on hold at Penn/GULC. Wrote a brief email response to GULC, still thinking about the essay I'm going to write for Penn (I should probably get that in soon, since I've been held for about a month now).

Has anyone heard of any hold->acceptances? I believe I have heard of some from Cornell and GULC.

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Re: Waitlist Purgatory 2009-2010

Postby umichgrad » Fri Jan 15, 2010 3:03 pm

Sigh. Regular plain old normal waitlist at Georgetown. And more to come, I'm sure.

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Re: Waitlist Purgatory 2009-2010

Postby LifeinKodachrome » Fri Jan 15, 2010 3:07 pm

Yesterday was a big day for me apparently. Waitlisted at UVA and Colorado.

I'd been 'held for further review' at Georgetown, Cornell, and Michigan.

Apparently no matter where I apply I'm borderline.

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Re: Waitlist Purgatory 2009-2010

Postby 02082010 » Fri Jan 15, 2010 3:25 pm

LifeinKodachrome wrote:Yesterday was a big day for me apparently. Waitlisted at UVA and Colorado.

I'd been 'held for further review' at Georgetown, Cornell, and Michigan.

Apparently no matter where I apply I'm borderline.


Yeah, that's very strange. I don't know your numbers but I would assume YP at Colorado. Any connections to the area?

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Re: Waitlist Purgatory 2009-2010

Postby dt22 » Thu Jan 21, 2010 6:12 pm

WL at American.

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Re: Waitlist Purgatory 2009-2010

Postby SamSeaborn2016 » Thu Jan 21, 2010 6:18 pm

traehekat wrote:
hopefulundergrad wrote:
traehekat wrote:How much do you guys suspect LOCIs help in getting off a waitlist? I have always kind of assumed everyone is just indexed and as space opens up, they start accepting applicants on the waitlist towards the top of the index. This may not be how every school does it, though. Any thoughts?

OH and while I am at it, here's another question: What do you guys think is the MOST helpful in getting off a waitlist? Obviously I think retaking the LSAT and scoring higher is probably at the top, but after that what do you think is more important? LOCI? GPA increase by like, .05 pts? Updated resume with new leadership positions? Another LOR?


Aside from GPA and LSAT boosts, I think LOCI and visits are the best way. But as I said, and to answer your first question, WL accepts are more about the people who decide not to attend. For example, if Michigan accepts a high GPA white female from a prestigious UG who chooses not to attend, then when looking through their waitlist, they are going to try to take some off the WL with a similar profile.


Interesting! Didn't know that, thanks.


Another thing to consider: As admins near the beginning of the term, they want to make sure they have a full class. As a result, they are going to offer seats to the people most likely to accept the spots. This is where showing true interest in a school is helpful (Visits, LOCI, continual communication). If they just go straight down a list based on LSAT and GPA they will likely get a lot of people who have already chosen another school an delay getting their full class seating.

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Re: Waitlist Purgatory 2009-2010

Postby robin600 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:39 am

This thread needs to be revived! I'm on six waitlists currently and I sure that number will increase by Friday lol, anybody else with me, 3+ anyone?

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Re: Waitlist Purgatory 2009-2010

Postby hiromoto45 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:44 am

When do you send LOCI's? RIght after you find out you are WL or after some time?




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