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Getting off of the waitlist and into school a few tips


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Getting off of the waitlist and into school a few tips

  1. 1. Getting Off of the Waitlist and into School
  2. 2. Getting Off of theWaitlist and into School A Few Tips MBA Admissions Consultant |
  3. 3. Getting Off of the Waitlist and into SchoolWaitlist season is here.It’s inevitable that you will be waitlisted at some ofyour school choices. My opinion is that an effectivehedging strategy should include a stretch, safe-stretchand backup school selections.Getting waitlisted at a stretch school means that youhedged effectively. MBA Admissions Consultant |
  4. 4. If waitlisted, follow this protocol: Before anything else:Make sure the school accepts additional informationfrom waitlisted candidates. That is, they want to hearfrom you. This is not done via phone call. This is doneby reading the website.Phone calls inundate the admissions office – so avoidthem if possible. Don’t be the guy/gal who asks aquestion by starting off with “Can I ask you a question?” MBA Admissions Consultant |
  5. 5. Moving on:Communicate to the school that you are indeed seriousabout attending their school and that it is your firstchoice.If are indeed the caliber of student that the school wantsto eventually accept, you need to show that you havebeen progressing across your “submitted” candidacyand especially in any area of weakness.Again, remember not all admissions offices willappreciate updates. Call the office to find out how theywould like additional information only after you havereferenced their website and application instructions. MBA Admissions Consultant |
  6. 6. Any new information should bolster your positioning.That is, it shows that you are progressing as a leaderand manager; that you are increasing your role, yourvisibility and your responsibilities.Make sure that if the adcom has requested specificinformation, you send that as well. Put that into a shortletter, I recommend no more than one page email (~300words), and send it to the adcom.Make sure you include your contact information as well.This includes your file or applicant number. Refer to yoursubmitted application form for this information MBA Admissions Consultant |
  7. 7. My view on additional recommendations is that they aregood if the person is connected to the school and/or againknows you in a professional intimate setting. If the personknows you and is a significant donor, that works as well.Trust me, I have seen this happen before. Pick arecommender who can bolster your weaknesses.For example, if you have lack of leadership/management,pick a project manager who can attest to your informalmanagement. One other thing to note is that currentstudents vouching for your candidacy also works well, ifthey have a relationship with the admissions committee MBA Admissions Consultant |
  8. 8. Timing is also a consideration:As soon as you receive your waitlist email, respond andindicate you want to be on the waitlist. It’s as simple asclicking a few links. It will probably have been around 8weeks since you submitted.If the school accepts additional information, send yourupdate within 2 weeks for being placed on the waitlist.This is your first update.Make sure you know when the next round deadline is.You want to send in your 2nd update approximately 2weeks before they admissions committee starts to finalizetheir list of acceptances for the next round. MBA Admissions Consultant |
  9. 9. I believe that the minimum number of communiquesshould be two. A third update is appropriate for significantevents such as promotions or other enhanced leadershipresponsibilities.Remember that you need an ace in the hole, should yourwaitlist status extend beyond one round. That is, you getwaitlisted in round one and still remain on the waitlist inround three. Waitlists are a necessary evil and they canextend the ultimate decision regarding your applicationuntil a few weeks before school starts. MBA Admissions Consultant |
  10. 10. One more thing — if you are waitlisted at a program with ahigh matriculation rate, then the chances of you getting offthat particular waitlist are slim.HBS is an example of this. They hardly ever go to theirwaitlist.