skamike wrote:regarding the practice of taking people of the WL before notifying outstanding applicants:
Here's how I see it. They know some applicants on the WL will find other schools, and they want to make sure that they are offered admission before they accept elsewhere. They may not have fit in at the beginning of the process, but they do now.
As for the outstanding (myself included), I would think that they have reviewed my file, and are deliberating. They probably don't want to put us all on the WL right away because sometimes a decision may cause an applicant to go somewhere else immediately (Especially considering it is late in the cycle, and odds are applicants have other offers on the table).
Yea, waiting sucks, especially when it's above and beyond the time period originally specified. After I applied, I remember reading the confirmation email and thinking "wow, 10-12 weeks...insane" ...who knew that was just the beginning.
Your explanation is legitimate, but it still does not make the process itself legitimate. Look, I am waiting to hear back from a couple more schools, all of which I applied to on or about the same time I applied to UMN (USC, UCLA, Cornell, UC Davis, etc.). But I am not complaining about not hearing back from the other schools, because I am very aware of the spike in applications schools have had to deal with this year; the delay is very understandable. But if I learn that any of those 5 schools start taking people off the WL before even coming back to me and other similar applicants with a decision, you bet I will be questioning the fairness of that as well.
There are really 2 things working in combination that make this questionable in my view. 1) They are already behind their communicated timetable and have yet to make decisions on several applications and 2) they are already pulling people off the WL, notwithstanding no. 1. Take away either one of these 2 factors, and it probably would not be so much of an issue.