antonin wrote: Magnolia wrote:
antonin wrote:Mid-late March/April... that is so early, way before first deposits!
Is waitlist acceptance binding?
Yes, they started pulling people off the WL really early last year. No idea if that will be the trend again this year.
No, acceptance off the WL is non-binding, just like outright acceptances. The only difference is that if you are accepted off the WL late in the spring/summer, they will expect you to make a decision extremely quickly.
Thanks for the answer.
Just to make sure, so, when you respond to the admission committee accepting the offer you do not have to withdraw from other waitlists?
I thought because WLs require a yes/no answer from the person with a certain amount of time, they were binding,
I'm not sure I understand your question. If you're talking about responding to the initial WL email where they ask you to confirm your interest in staying on the WL, then no, you're not under any obligation to withdraw from other WLs or withdraw from other schools to which you've been accepted (nor is there any expectation on the part of the adcomms for you to do so).
If you're referring to being accepted off the WL, a lot depends on the timing. If you're accepted before seat deposits are due, there is no requirement or expectation for you to withdraw from other schools. In fact, it's the same as if you had never been WLed at all. It's just another school for you to consider. It gets a little stricter after seat deposits have passed. Remaining on a WL is never binding, so you are not forced to attend if you end up being accepted, but there is an expectation that if you remain on the WL through late spring and into the summer, that you would attend if given the opportunity. You are free to remain on as many WLs as you want, even if you've put down deposits at one or more schools. The only exception is for schools who require you to withdraw from all other schools at the time you put down a deposit.