Aggiegrad2011 wrote:wackyjack22 wrote:Aggiegrad2011 wrote:I am ED, but below 25th on LSAT. I'd like something this week, even if it's a rejection e-mail, SOMETHING.
Out of curiosity, how is wait-list handled for ED, does anybody know? On the ED form it says that decisions can be accept, reject or wait-list and it brought an interesting thought to my mind... if they WL me on ED, and, say, Northwestern accepts me, and then UCLA pulls me off the WL, does that UCLA acceptance pre-empt the NW acceptance because it is/was ED? It seems like "wait list" and a binding "early decision" are mutually exclusive, since the idea of an early decision is so that you know where you're going early. A WL is just... a WL.
Anyone have thoughts on this?
My guess is that you are no longer bound to UCLA. Most Early Decision contracts say that you are put into the regular admissions pool if you are wait listed. With that being said, it seems that you are no longer under any obligation because they didn't fulfill their promise to give you an "Early Decision".
Unless their "early decision" was a "decision" to wait-list me, and it came "early." So whether I LIKE it or not, it was both early and a decision, so I am just stuck with their decision until they decide to make a new decision (accept or ding). Probably over thinking that one. LOL... but at this point I feel so mind-screwed that I hardly know which way is up anymore.
I was ED and was waitlisted last year. Basically, a WL means all ED obligations are dissolved and you're free to accept admission offers elsewhere, even if UCLA offers you admission off of the WL later. And a WL decision when you're an ED applicant doesn't mean you get put into the regular pool for reassessment - you have to wait with all of the other RD waitlist people until June or so.
But keep in mind that this is only UCLA's policy and other schools may do things differently. Hope this helps!