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AH HA! lower tier schools *DO* turn down overqualified applicants

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by matthew0126, May 22, 2002.

  1. matthew0126

    matthew0126 Anaheim Angels

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    I remember this argument a few months ago. Whether schools of the lower tier turn down super applicants that they don't think would matriculate there. Some people thought this was hogwash -- why would schools do that? Others thought that it made sense. Why would schools waste more time than necessary on those that won't come.

    Taken from the UCI thread:
    by dr.momo
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    one of my friends got an email saying she was being waitlisted because she was overqualified and they were certain she must have other acceptances. that's the first time i've ever heard of that happening.

    take home point...make sure you show your interest in the school.
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    UCI maybe the only school that has said this publicly now, but no doubt some other schools do this without informing applicants.
     
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  3. CANES2006

    CANES2006 Miami chica

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    Maybe that's why UMiami placed me on there waitlist. Let me call them right now and tell them that although I am too good for them I will still go to their school. I will "lower" my standards just for them. :D Of course, I'm kidding UM. PLEASE LET ME IN!!!!!!!!!!
     
  4. none

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    I find that kind of hard to believe, actually...super hard to believe. I'd love to see the actual wording of the e-mail and some contact information at the school to verify that they do send out such e-mails.
     
  5. matthew0126

    matthew0126 Anaheim Angels

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    none, It would explain why people that get accepted to Harvard don't get the time of day from Tufts.

    <shrug> who knows.
     
  6. El Jefe

    El Jefe The Jefe

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    Well I've heard from a lot of people that UCI especially will turn down overqualified applicants they don't think will matriculate. I've honestly never heard anyone talk about this with any school other than UCI. I have a feeling that UCI has told people this in the past (maybe some people get such an email every year?), so the word has gotten around about this practice.
     
  7. none

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    Yeah and the sun revolving around the earth would explain why it appears to set each day...that doesn't make it true.
     
  8. HanSolo

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    while I think the "theory" holds true, I highly doubt the schools (UCI in this case) would say it out explicitly. Highly doubtful!
     
  9. dr. momo

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by none:
    <strong>I find that kind of hard to believe, actually...super hard to believe. I'd love to see the actual wording of the e-mail and some contact information at the school to verify that they do send out such e-mails.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">well, i'm not about to go ask her for the email...but i do think it makes sense. it's late in the process, and it may be more efficient for a school to take the next person on the list if they think a qualified candidate won't matriculate. but, they send an email letting the person know exactly why he/she wasn't admitted, so that on the off chance that the person does actually want to go there (which she does), the person will contact them and let them know.

    if the person really wouldn't have gone there, then this method saves the school time and improves their matriculation rate.

    :)
     
  10. vyc

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    i agree that the email might or might not be valid but i think it's pretty obvious that schools do turn down overqualified applicants whom they think won't matriculate at their school.
     
  11. Ceez

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    I wouldn't necessarily call myself "overqualified" but the lower-tier schools were the first to reject me <img border="0" title="" alt="[Frown]" src="frown.gif" />
     
  12. jot

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    why is it so hard to believe? i had a friend last summer from USF undergrad who was freaking out because he got rejected from all his "safety schools" quite early, so early that other schools like penn, hopkins, and harvard had not asked him for an interview yet. he interviewed at all three and was accepted to hopkins and penn, and is going to be a second year at penn now. at 13 schools he applied to, only accepted at penn and hopkins. strange isn't it? makes sense though, especially in light of the pressure from sources like usnews for %acceptance rates etc...

    -jot
     
  13. DrBlueDevil

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    man! so THAT'S why Harvard waitlisted me!
     
  14. ewells

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    I have heard of this happening at Arizona. One very well qualified applicant appealed her rejection and was told that they thought she was overqualified. She was then accepted, but went somewhere else. Also, a former professor of mine has a son at Columbia who was rejected at Arizona, and I remember other similar cases. This is just anecdotal, but it is suggestive.
     

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