The Waitlist Purgatory

Share Your Experiences, Read About Other Experiences. Please keep posts organized by school and expected year of graduation.

How Many Waitlists Are You On?

None! I'm just here to laugh at everyone's agony.
23
17%
1
12
9%
2
21
15%
3
24
17%
4
21
15%
5
8
6%
6
9
7%
7
7
5%
8-9
8
6%
Fuck. Every. Thing.
5
4%
 
Total votes: 138

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Thomas Hagan, ESQ.
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The Waitlist Purgatory

Postby Thomas Hagan, ESQ. » Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:29 pm

Hey guys,

Not sure if this already exists, but thought it would be cool for those stuck on waitlists to band together here in solidarity. Feel free to share where you've been waitlisted, any updates (hope), and advice for fellow waitlisters! Good luck to everyone!

I'll start here:

Georgetown - I'm in shock.
UCLA - Blah. I'll blame the 12 point font PS and having to flip a coin to pick which of the 2 work LOR to submit :D
Last edited by Thomas Hagan, ESQ. on Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:12 pm, edited 4 times in total.

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Thelaw23
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Re: The Waitlist Purgatory

Postby Thelaw23 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:30 pm

Can somebody help me with LOCI's and when to send them? Should I send them ASAP or wait until like February to send them.

Duke WL
Cornell WL
UVA WL

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Thomas Hagan, ESQ.
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Re: The Waitlist Purgatory

Postby Thomas Hagan, ESQ. » Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:31 pm

Thelaw23 wrote:Can somebody help me with LOCI's and when to send them? Should I send them ASAP or wait until like February to send them.

Duke WL
Cornell WL
UVA WL


Why wouldn't you send them ASAP??

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Re: The Waitlist Purgatory

Postby Thelaw23 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:33 pm

Thomas Hagan, ESQ. wrote:
Thelaw23 wrote:Can somebody help me with LOCI's and when to send them? Should I send them ASAP or wait until like February to send them.

Duke WL
Cornell WL
UVA WL


Why wouldn't you send them ASAP??


I read some post where it says that updating them with LOCI's and stuff kind of puts you on top of the "stack" of applications and keeps you fresh on their minds. Since they are far from starting to pull people from their waitlists now, I thought it would be better to send them LOCI's when they actually start the process after January/February.

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Thomas Hagan, ESQ.
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Re: The Waitlist Purgatory

Postby Thomas Hagan, ESQ. » Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:35 pm

Thelaw23 wrote:
Thomas Hagan, ESQ. wrote:
Thelaw23 wrote:Can somebody help me with LOCI's and when to send them? Should I send them ASAP or wait until like February to send them.

Duke WL
Cornell WL
UVA WL


Why wouldn't you send them ASAP??


I read some post where it says that updating them with LOCI's and stuff kind of puts you on top of the "stack" of applications and keeps you fresh on their minds. Since they are far from starting to pull people from their waitlists now, I thought it would be better to send them LOCI's when they actually start the process after January/February.


Hmmm interesting. I might have to disagree.

I read that getting WL this early on in the cycle isn't necessarily a death sentence. You never actually know when they might start looking through the pile (especially during a down-year when scores are lower than previous years). It wouldn't hurt to submit one ASAP and provide an updated LOCI later on in the cycle.

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Re: The Waitlist Purgatory

Postby guybourdin » Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:36 pm

Thelaw23 wrote:
Thomas Hagan, ESQ. wrote:
Thelaw23 wrote:Can somebody help me with LOCI's and when to send them? Should I send them ASAP or wait until like February to send them.

Duke WL
Cornell WL
UVA WL


Why wouldn't you send them ASAP??


I read some post where it says that updating them with LOCI's and stuff kind of puts you on top of the "stack" of applications and keeps you fresh on their minds. Since they are far from starting to pull people from their waitlists now, I thought it would be better to send them LOCI's when they actually start the process after January/February.


I agree with this train of thought and would wait for any formal LOCIs. In most circumstances you aren't getting off a waitlist in January.

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Re: The Waitlist Purgatory

Postby cjar819 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:37 pm

Georgetown - Waitlisted
George Washington - Waitlisted
Alabama - Waitlisted
Iowa - Waitlisted
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Re: The Waitlist Purgatory

Postby guybourdin » Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:38 pm

Recently withdrew from Duke WL. Didn't get priority reserve.

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Re: The Waitlist Purgatory

Postby lawlzschool » Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:38 pm

Thelaw23 wrote:
Thomas Hagan, ESQ. wrote:
Thelaw23 wrote:Can somebody help me with LOCI's and when to send them? Should I send them ASAP or wait until like February to send them.

Duke WL
Cornell WL
UVA WL


Why wouldn't you send them ASAP??


I read some post where it says that updating them with LOCI's and stuff kind of puts you on top of the "stack" of applications and keeps you fresh on their minds. Since they are far from starting to pull people from their waitlists now, I thought it would be better to send them LOCI's when they actually start the process after January/February.


Yea UCLA in their FAQs has something along the lines of "seat deposits are in april, send a loci after that cause thats when we'll actually look at your shit again" [sic] But I'm not sure whether I should believe them or demonstrate my genuinely pretty strong interest to go there sooner


And yes, I'm on UCLA's waitlist wooooo[effin]hooooo

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Re: The Waitlist Purgatory

Postby Thomas Hagan, ESQ. » Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:42 pm

lawlzschool wrote:
Thelaw23 wrote:
Thomas Hagan, ESQ. wrote:
Thelaw23 wrote:Can somebody help me with LOCI's and when to send them? Should I send them ASAP or wait until like February to send them.

Duke WL
Cornell WL
UVA WL


Why wouldn't you send them ASAP??


I read some post where it says that updating them with LOCI's and stuff kind of puts you on top of the "stack" of applications and keeps you fresh on their minds. Since they are far from starting to pull people from their waitlists now, I thought it would be better to send them LOCI's when they actually start the process after January/February.


Yea UCLA in their FAQs has something along the lines of "seat deposits are in april, send a loci after that cause thats when we'll actually look at your shit again" [sic] But I'm not sure whether I should believe them or demonstrate my genuinely pretty strong interest to go there sooner


And yes, I'm on UCLA's waitlist wooooo[effin]hooooo


Uh so I submitted that "i want to remain on your waitlist" form on monday and didn't get a confirmation email back. I looked at the form again last night and saw that you were only supposed to fill in the address stuff if that information has changed...it autofilled and I was too dazed from the WL and completely overlooked that.......im screwed. LOL

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Re: The Waitlist Purgatory

Postby proteinshake » Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:46 pm

Cornell WL here. gonna send an email back later letting them know I'd like to stay on it.

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Re: The Waitlist Purgatory

Postby lawlzschool » Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:47 pm

Thomas Hagan, ESQ. wrote:
lawlzschool wrote:
Thelaw23 wrote:
Thomas Hagan, ESQ. wrote:
Thelaw23 wrote:Can somebody help me with LOCI's and when to send them? Should I send them ASAP or wait until like February to send them.

Duke WL
Cornell WL
UVA WL


Why wouldn't you send them ASAP??


I read some post where it says that updating them with LOCI's and stuff kind of puts you on top of the "stack" of applications and keeps you fresh on their minds. Since they are far from starting to pull people from their waitlists now, I thought it would be better to send them LOCI's when they actually start the process after January/February.


Yea UCLA in their FAQs has something along the lines of "seat deposits are in april, send a loci after that cause thats when we'll actually look at your shit again" [sic] But I'm not sure whether I should believe them or demonstrate my genuinely pretty strong interest to go there sooner


And yes, I'm on UCLA's waitlist wooooo[effin]hooooo


Uh so I submitted that "i want to remain on your waitlist" form on monday and didn't get a confirmation email back. I looked at the form again last night and saw that you were only supposed to fill in the address stuff if that information has changed...it autofilled and I was too dazed from the WL and completely overlooked that.......im screwed. LOL


I super doubt you're screwed. I'd be slightly surprised if the majority of people didn't do that and also I mean... what's the actual scale of the harm that could be done? An adcomm spends 10 secs typing in your name then realizes the address is the same and moves on, perhaps they curse you ever so slightly under their breath but damn if you get blacklisted for that then they're really hard line sticklers.

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Re: The Waitlist Purgatory

Postby jdanz » Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:51 pm

cornell WL and UCLA WL here

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Re: The Waitlist Purgatory

Postby dietcoke1 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:54 pm

waitlisted at 10 schools last cycle so I hope the waitlist gods spare me this time around!

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Re: The Waitlist Purgatory

Postby 88234 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:54 pm

UVA WL, expecting a Mich WL, maybe a NU WL

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Re: The Waitlist Purgatory

Postby Thomas Hagan, ESQ. » Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:55 pm

lawlzschool wrote:
Thomas Hagan, ESQ. wrote:
lawlzschool wrote:
Thelaw23 wrote:
Thomas Hagan, ESQ. wrote:
Thelaw23 wrote:Can somebody help me with LOCI's and when to send them? Should I send them ASAP or wait until like February to send them.

Duke WL
Cornell WL
UVA WL


Why wouldn't you send them ASAP??


I read some post where it says that updating them with LOCI's and stuff kind of puts you on top of the "stack" of applications and keeps you fresh on their minds. Since they are far from starting to pull people from their waitlists now, I thought it would be better to send them LOCI's when they actually start the process after January/February.


Yea UCLA in their FAQs has something along the lines of "seat deposits are in april, send a loci after that cause thats when we'll actually look at your shit again" [sic] But I'm not sure whether I should believe them or demonstrate my genuinely pretty strong interest to go there sooner


And yes, I'm on UCLA's waitlist wooooo[effin]hooooo


Uh so I submitted that "i want to remain on your waitlist" form on monday and didn't get a confirmation email back. I looked at the form again last night and saw that you were only supposed to fill in the address stuff if that information has changed...it autofilled and I was too dazed from the WL and completely overlooked that.......im screwed. LOL


I super doubt you're screwed. I'd be slightly surprised if the majority of people didn't do that and also I mean... what's the actual scale of the harm that could be done? An adcomm spends 10 secs typing in your name then realizes the address is the same and moves on, perhaps they curse you ever so slightly under their breath but damn if you get blacklisted for that then they're really hard line sticklers.


Haha thanks that makes me feel better! Although...they could be those sticklers...after all...the 12 point PS font and 2 LOR limit

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Re: The Waitlist Purgatory

Postby m052310 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:59 pm

UVA here. Ehh well.

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Re: The Waitlist Purgatory

Postby theothercat » Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:03 pm

m052310 wrote:UVA here. Ehh well.


+1 (after a profoundly bad interview)

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Re: The Waitlist Purgatory

Postby OtterLaw » Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:33 pm

I started a thread like this last year and it was really helpful. Glad to see someone did one this year! I had the head of the adcomm at the school I was trying to get into tell me that a LOCI is best sent about once a month to let them know you are still interested. I tried in mine to provide meaningful updates to what I was doing and things that would make my application seem more appealing.

Best of luck to everyone! Waitlists can be disheartening, but if it's your top choice just remember a waitlist is not a rejection. Keep the faith!

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Re: The Waitlist Purgatory

Postby lawlzschool » Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:35 pm

Thomas Hagan, ESQ. wrote:
lawlzschool wrote:
Thomas Hagan, ESQ. wrote:
lawlzschool wrote:
Thelaw23 wrote:
Thomas Hagan, ESQ. wrote:
Thelaw23 wrote:Can somebody help me with LOCI's and when to send them? Should I send them ASAP or wait until like February to send them.

Duke WL
Cornell WL
UVA WL


Why wouldn't you send them ASAP??


I read some post where it says that updating them with LOCI's and stuff kind of puts you on top of the "stack" of applications and keeps you fresh on their minds. Since they are far from starting to pull people from their waitlists now, I thought it would be better to send them LOCI's when they actually start the process after January/February.


Yea UCLA in their FAQs has something along the lines of "seat deposits are in april, send a loci after that cause thats when we'll actually look at your shit again" [sic] But I'm not sure whether I should believe them or demonstrate my genuinely pretty strong interest to go there sooner


And yes, I'm on UCLA's waitlist wooooo[effin]hooooo


Uh so I submitted that "i want to remain on your waitlist" form on monday and didn't get a confirmation email back. I looked at the form again last night and saw that you were only supposed to fill in the address stuff if that information has changed...it autofilled and I was too dazed from the WL and completely overlooked that.......im screwed. LOL


I super doubt you're screwed. I'd be slightly surprised if the majority of people didn't do that and also I mean... what's the actual scale of the harm that could be done? An adcomm spends 10 secs typing in your name then realizes the address is the same and moves on, perhaps they curse you ever so slightly under their breath but damn if you get blacklisted for that then they're really hard line sticklers.


Haha thanks that makes me feel better! Although...they could be those sticklers...after all...the 12 point PS font and 2 LOR limit


that's... a fair point. ughghghughguhgghugh still kicking myself for not writing a programmatic contribution or why ucla but w/e ***everything happens for a reason***

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Re: The Waitlist Purgatory

Postby vcap180 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:33 pm

theothercat wrote:
m052310 wrote:UVA here. Ehh well.


+1 (after a profoundly bad interview)


How so? I've never understood how these can go super well or super poor.. They're just so... formulaic, I guess would be the word

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Re: The Waitlist Purgatory

Postby mathis1490 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:44 pm

Last cycle was waitlisted at:

UChicago
Columbia
NYU
Penn
UVA
UMichigan
Duke
Northwestern
Georgetown

Hustled, sent numerous LOCIs and updates, visited each campus at least once. Admitted to Columbia, Penn, and UVA. There is hope, if you hustle!

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Re: The Waitlist Purgatory

Postby TudoBem » Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:07 pm

That gives me hope Mathis.

WL @ Penn and Cornell. I will take your advise.

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Re: The Waitlist Purgatory

Postby theothercat » Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:12 am

vcap180 wrote:
theothercat wrote:
m052310 wrote:UVA here. Ehh well.


+1 (after a profoundly bad interview)


How so? I've never understood how these can go super well or super poor.. They're just so... formulaic, I guess would be the word


The interviewer's first question was "What was the worst day of your life?" I wasn't quite prepared to get that personal, so I fumbled the question around for far too long, and the rest of the interview was really awkward.

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Re: The Waitlist Purgatory

Postby Keilz » Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:24 am

theothercat wrote:
vcap180 wrote:
theothercat wrote:
m052310 wrote:UVA here. Ehh well.


+1 (after a profoundly bad interview)


How so? I've never understood how these can go super well or super poor.. They're just so... formulaic, I guess would be the word


The interviewer's first question was "What was the worst day of your life?" I wasn't quite prepared to get that personal, so I fumbled the question around for far too long, and the rest of the interview was really awkward.


Well, that's a strange question. what can they even gleam from that?




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