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How to “Double Down” on Your Admissions Waitlist Situation

How to “Double Down” on Your Admissions Waitlist Situation

When you’re on the waitlist at a top business school, law school, or medical school, you can’t help but want to reach out and grab the admissions officers and shout, “Why won’t you put me out of my misery??”

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The MBA Waitlist: Additional Letters of Support

The MBA Waitlist: Additional Letters of Support

Waiting is not everyone’s strong suit. Especially for “Type A” applicants dreaming of getting into the world’s most competitive business schools, the idea of “Don’t call us, we’ll call you” just doesn’t sit well. At this time of year, we get lots of questions from waitlisted applicants about whether or not they should solicit additional letters of support from their past supervisors and co-workers. Assuming that your target school welcomes additional input, such letters can help, but only if they meet certain criteria.

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Veritas Prep Gives Forbes Readers Some Waitlist Advice

Veritas Prep Gives Forbes Readers Some Waitlist Advice

Earlier this month, Forbes reporter Tara Weiss wrote a piece about how applicants can navigate the business school waitlist. For advice she turned to Veritas Prep’s own Scott Shrum for what applicants can do — and what they shouldn’t do — to maximize their chances of success.

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HBS Waitlist Update

HBS Waitlist Update

Last week Harvard Business School’s Dee Leopold posted a brief update on the HBS blog, providing some news for waitlisted applicants as well as some advice for those who may apply in 2009-2010. Whether you’re anxiously awaiting news on your HBS waitlist status or your business school applications are just a twinkle in your eye right now, this brief post was especially useful.

In her update, Dee wrote:

  • Our Round 1 deadline for the next application season will be earlier in October, BEFORE fall class visits are open. We encourage those of you who are thinking of applying in Round 1 to consider a class visit this spring — class visits are available until May 8. Visiting an HBS class has absolutely no impact on the application process – we just want everyone to know that you are welcome.
  • We will be making more offers from the waitlist this year, and we hope to make the majority of these decisions as soon as we can – definitely before the end of May.
  • International students will have access to loans without needing a U.S. co-signer. We will release details/terms on specific programs as they are finalized.


That first point is very interesting. If you apply in Round 1 this coming fall, you won’t have a chance to sit in on an HBS class before you submit your application. Therefore, even if you’re not sure that you’ll apply to HBS, if you can get to Boston this spring, it’s a good idea to schedule your visit now. Doing so — and being able to write about it in your HBS admissions essays — may give you a small but important leg up vs. other applicants next year.

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Admissions Waitlist Strategies

Admissions Waitlist Strategies

Yesterday we described the waitlist and how it works. Today, we’re focusing on specific waitlist strategies.

Being placed on the waitlist of a top graduate program is a frustrating experience. It feels anticlimactic after such a long process and it can also lead to a period of ambiguity as you wait to see where you will ultimately enroll in the fall. The key to surviving a waitlist process is to create and follow a plan of action, just as you would for your initial application. Putting together a checklist can help you gain valuable insight and perspective into your situation and will allow you to maximize your chances of gaining admission off of the waitlist.

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Understanding the Admissions Waitlist

Understanding the Admissions Waitlist

It is that time of year, when letters start pouring in from graduate school programs: acceptance letters, rejection letters (“dings”), and, yes, waitlist letters.

In tomorrow’s post, we will be detailing a process whereby applicants can create a plan of attack for taking full advantage of any waitlist scenarios and leaving as little to chance as humanly possible. First though, we need to explore what the waitlist is and how it works. Understanding the waitlist is critical, because you need to know the rules before you can win the game.

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MBA Admissions: Waitlist Advice

MBA Admissions: Waitlist Advice

Being waitlisted by your target business school can feel a lot like flipping a coin and seeing it end up on its edge; this lack of a final answer after months of anticipation can almost feel more frustrating than receiving a firm “yes” or “no.” But take heart in the fact that you’re still in the MBA admissions game, and there may be more that you can do to ultimately get accepted.

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Waitlisted? What's Next?

Waitlisted? What's Next?

The waitlist is one of the more confusing aspects of the business school application process, in part because all schools implement it differently. Being waitlisted at Harvard is very different than being waitlisted at Darden. So how do you deal with being placed on the waitlist? Well, you should start by checking out this article from BusinessWeek, which covers the waitlist fairly well.

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