Alternate list vs. Waitlist?

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  1. Darwin

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    Well the verdict is in on my horrific day at SLU...ended up "ranked" on the alternate list. Is this different than a waitlist and what does this mean?
     
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    Sounds similiar, if not identical...it's something though! You weren't rejected outright! Somebody had to have been.
     
  4. kobe8

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    Waiting list and alternate list are the same thing. Some schools just use a different term. I hope this helps. ;) ;) ;)
     
  5. Amy

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    Some schools put most people who interview on a waitlist, and then later formulate an alternate list of the people at the top of the waitlist. The people on the alternate list are offered a spot in the class as they become available. For some schools, an alternate list may be the same thing as a waitlist... since you were put on an "alternate list" withougt being on a waitlist first, it probably is the same thing at SLU.
     
  6. lake show

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    SLUs alternate list is the same as a waiting list. and be prepared to wait. i interviewed last year in jan, got put in the alternate list in feb and waited the whole spring/summer without a peep until i got the rejection in july. this was only my case, so you may hear news earlier, but just be prepared for a long wait.
     
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    the alternate list at udub seattle wwami program ranks people on the list, ie they pull people of the list in a predetermined order.

    BUT, maybe some waiting list do that too?

    what ever it is, the idea is pretty similar, "we don't want you now, but maybe we'll get a hold of you later".

    best of luck.

    btw, don't feel bad, most schools put a lot folks on these list just so they can get a better feel for the whole interview pool.
     
  8. Barton

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    I just got that SLU ranked alternate list thing too. Sigh... Well, at least it isn't an outright rejection. And now to wait.
     

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