Originally Posted by centrigeugle
Well, I'd rather have a interview invite...
This 'waitlist for the interview' is very odd and, it seems to be, not entirely promising. I'd still love to go here...I just hope they want me!
I guess your waitlist analogy is not terrible, but it suffers from the fact that pretty much everyone must be placed in the pool prior to receiving an interview (there are probably a few exceptions where people were offered the interview outright). I like the small pool because it shows that they are really taking the time to examine applicants.
No one should expect to be given an interview immediately based on stats. There are a lot of people who would make great doctors that do not have the most competitive numbers. The goal is to produce a population of promising doctors, and this involves examining a lot of other factors besides GPA and MCAT. If they were to plug all of us into an algorithm based only on GPA and MCAT, and that was the only factor that decided interviews, we would have answers quickly, but it would probably yield a bad population of doctors.
My point is, they are considering all of us very carefully, and I appreciate the fact that they aren't blindly selecting the best numbers. They are pooling numbers they consider strong, and then examining factors that matter a little bit more.
I hope this viewpoint at least makes you more confident in their system even if you dislike it.