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Case Western "hold" category?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Smoke This, Dec 27, 2001.

  1. Smoke This

    Smoke This Sweet cuppin' cakes! 10+ Year Member

    I don't mean to clutter this forum any more than it already is, but when I was perusing the accepted/waitlisted/rejected thread I found that Case's hold category is distinct from the waitlist. Up until then, I thought that the hold and waitlist would be one in the same.

    Since I just found out I was put in the hold category post interview, I am interested in how this works (besides wanting to go there). Does anyone know what this is all about? I'd call Case, but the letter I got snidely warned me not to call since they were "unable to provide more information" or something like that.
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  3. Smoke This

    Smoke This Sweet cuppin' cakes! 10+ Year Member

    Hel-lo? Can't anybody answer this? This is the season of giving, after all... ;)
  4. megkudos

    megkudos Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 18, 2001
    New Jersey
    I would think that hold is better than waitlist. Maybe it's that waitlisted people usually wait until the summer to get accepted and holds you could get in any time.

    Also schools do things differently...for instance at VCU everyone is put on hold after they interview to be accepted or rejected at a later i guesss it depends on the school....

    Sorry if that doesn't help at all...Good luck...
  5. gower

    gower 1K Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 14, 2000
    New York
    The information I have is from 1999. An update is expected sometime in 2002.

    The "hold" (after interview) category is not mentioned.

    "Although the wait-list is neither rank-ordered nor broken into priority groups, information will be provided to students or advisors seeking details about the likelihood of acceptance. In addition to communicating their desire to remain on the wait-list, students should submit their final transcript and other evidence of accomplishment. A sincere letter of interest in CWR may also help. Greatest movement from the wait-list occurs from May 25 to June 15; fewer than ten are normally accepted after June 15."

    It seem to me possible that the late start this application year because of the AMCAS foul-up may have modified this statement to what you were told. I would also interepret "hold" to be secondary to "wait-list" because "wait-list" is a definite decision, "hold" usually means no decision has been made except that you are not being rejected at this time.

    If they told YOU not to call, don't. However, I suggest you ask your premedical advisor (with whom they are more likely to speak) to inquire for you. Dr. Kirby, the Assoc. Dean for Admissions, has been a long-time friend of premedical advisors.

    State capitation policies require that at least 60% of students be Ohio residents.

    There is also a strong Early Decision Program; about 10-15 places usually go to those EDP's accepted. Class size is 145.

    2000 entering class: 43% women; 12% minority students; 10% over age 30; 60% legal Ohio residents; average GPA 3.6; average MCAT 10.9.

    Good luck!
  6. UCLA2000

    UCLA2000 7+ Year Member

    Dec 19, 2001
    the hospital
    I was put in the hold category at Case months ago, and also wanted to know more. I was told by an adcom member at UCLA that most people from the hold category at Case usually just end up on the waitlist...and eventually get rejected.
  7. Dylann FMD

    Dylann FMD Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 9, 2001
    I was at Case for an interview a few weeks ago. They call the category "hold" because throughout the application process will take second looks at these applications. For example, the first group of "hold" candidates have already been re-evaluated, with some being sent rejections or acceptances. With most schools, wait-listing means your applications is not looked at again until after all interviews are done. From the sounds of it, though, they don't tend to have too much waitlist/hold activity--they seem to accept enough up front to fill their class. I hope this helps.
  8. danny_husk

    danny_husk Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 8, 2001
    I dealt with Case last year. I interviewed with them in October (off site, at Henry Ford Hospital). I was put in the hold category shortly after. Later I was put on the wait list. However, I do remember people that were put in the hold category and then rejected. Finally in late June I was offered a spot off of the wait list.

    Dylann FMD's response seems to be how I remember it. However, I would not go around thinking that schools do not pull people off of the hold and waitlist categories. Last year I started interviewing in September and did fourteen interviews, all at schools in the USnews top thirty. I was put in the hold category, waitlist category, or rejected by all fourteen. I did not get my first acceptance until May 15th. Remember that date! it's very real! From then until the first week of July I received four additional acceptances.

    In the spring I started to send schools short letters addressed to the dean saying that I was still interested and asked them to keep my file under consideration (I know that I sent Case at least one letter like this). In the spring I also chose my first choice school and sent them a letter saying basically the same thing but I also said that it was my first choice and that I would definetely accept a spot if offered and that I would withdraw from all other schools (I ended up getting into my first choice school in July).

    One last point: Don't send the "you're my first choice" letter to more than one school. I was told my the admissions committee at one interview that they can communicate with other schools and that if they found out you did this with another school they would take back their offer of acceptance.

    Good luck with applying. Don't get discouraged if May rolls around and you only have a bunch of waitlists. It worked out for me, many of my classmates, and many of my friends at schools all over the country.

    If any one has any questions feel free to email me. I really only check this site when I'm not in school.
  9. Smoke This

    Smoke This Sweet cuppin' cakes! 10+ Year Member

    Thanks, all. I appreciate your help.

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