Thanks. A few thoughts from a waitlist warrior (me), take them as you will and I welcome others shredding these opinions (disclaimer: I sleep better at night believing the below to be true), supporting them, and everything in-between:
1. This makes sense and is consistent with many T14s; come May 1 schools see how many spaces they have and that's when the WLs start to see movement. This movement up and down (shrink and expand, whatever you wanna call it) will occur throughout the summer as people who have deposited later withdraw because they get in off some other WL, etc...domino effect .
2. Following point #1, it is very real that scholly $$ exists for WL candidates at T14s. Duke and Michigan come to mind as two I've seen this repeated. Gtown, maybe it's different due to size, but think about it: deposit deadline passes and people with scholly $ don't deposit, that money goes back into the pool and then (at least some of it) to WL candidates. It's not going to people who already deposited, those people confirmed why throw more money at them in May?
3. Following #1 and #2 above, and some will disagree with me here : my honest opinion is LOCIs are of course critical, but as long as they are in at any point before the deposit deadline, doesn't matter when. Sure, it's great to send right away after you get WLd, ra ra you love the school, but I've been in corporate america for 5+ years (and now in a managerial position) and executives (which Deans of Admissions are for our purposes in terms of their time and business) deal with things in real time, when they need to, meaning when there's space available post deposit deadline then they will start reviewing LOCIs and WLs and application updates. I firmly believe this, and that any and all LOCIs will sit in files until after Dep deadline...maybe someone read through it when it arrived, briefly, but their total focus right now is locking in the best possible class by the deadline, then they can worry about the rest of us.
bring on the rebuttals
JTIII wrote:For those who just interviewed: Did you interview with Andy and did he have any news re waitlist?
I interviewed with Andy. He said that we're most likely going to have to wait until May 1 passes to see where they are with the seat deposits.