tooswolle wrote:After the brief hours of anger and frustration cooler heads have prevailed. Ive read Wisconsin is notorious for wait listing students. Does anybody know how rampant it is? Does anybody know why? And finally what are the chances of aid coming off the wait list?
On a relevant note just finished one of my best works. A letter of continued interested that broke it down to them why I want to be there. Good luck to everyone waiting and hopefully there aren't more shockers like today.
They are notorious for waitlisting applicants. At least from what I've gathered from the past threads. I think they send out a few waves of waitlists, but since they appear to be "more behind" this go around, I don't know if they're taking a different approach. The last couple of cycles, they waitlisted folks over a few days. And then there would be a little wait and then another set of waitlisting.
I think the reasoning is that UW-Madison is one of those schools that a lot of people apply to but are unsure about whether they will attend or not so the ad. committee doesn't want to "waste its time" on candidates that will ultimately turn them down. They really do seem to look at an entire application more so than other schools to get a full flavor of the candidate. A lot of people get waitlisted, but then a significant amount get off the waitlist. If there is a particular reason why you see yourself practicing in WI, I would mention that in the LOCI. That type of stuff.
Also from past cycles, it looks like aid was extremely limited in terms of scholarship offerings. At least, it appeared that less people were given aid. Essentially, since UW-Madison is a flagship school for the state and has a solid reputation in the Midwest, it doesn't necessarily need to offer aid like other schools do. It has enough complementing the experience that people are willing to take on that debt for the overall experience. That would be my general take on it at least. I think some people were given money, but they were those that were accepted initially and had high 160s. I think they also have a few diversity scholarships but I don't know much about those. I would assume little, if any, on the scholarship front because there wasn't much talk of this in past cycle talk.