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difference b/w waitlist, alternate, and acceptable?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by hellojed, Jan 22, 2002.

  1. hellojed

    hellojed Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 5, 2001
    Hi guys! I hope you don't mind the silly question, but I've heard these terms thrown around and I've been "waitlisted" at one school and "acceptable" at another-- do these mean subtly different things, or are they all one and the same? Also, does anyone know if schools wait to interview everyone first and send out a whole bunch of acceptances before they consider taking people off their waitlist/alternate list/acceptable pool? I'm kinda confused here! :confused: :confused: <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
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  3. Resident Alien

    Resident Alien What? 7+ Year Member

    Jul 21, 2001
    Im confused the ones you listed, there's also the "Deferred List" (OSU) and the "Hold" (CWRU).
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  4. Jamier2

    Jamier2 SDN Hillbilly Moderator Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Mar 22, 2001
  5. mma

    mma Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 6, 2001
    Houston, TX
    Acceptable is something that is sent out before acceptances/rejections/waitlists are made. After an interview, adcoms will meet and make prelim decisions on the people they have interviewed. Some will be viewed as "acceptable," some will not. The "acceptable" ones go into another round of reviews and from there the adcoms choose whom they will accept and whom, despite having previously been "acceptable," they will reject after full review.

    BU does this whole "acceptable" thing--they send this out about a month to six weeks post-interview. In the letter they explain that they will do full reviews in March and that the letter indicates you are still in the running. They then ask you to write them a letter telling them that BU is your first choice (essentially), if it is--they really want to know that you want to go there.

    So, in sum, "acceptable" means "You did not mess up your interview."

    Good luck!

  6. ConstantlyWaiting

    ConstantlyWaiting Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 12, 2001
    Southern California
    For UCSD the acceptable pool is basically a slightly euphemistic way of saying "wait list"
  7. hellojed

    hellojed Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 5, 2001
    Cool, thanks for all your help guys!!!! Here's to all of us being accepted off of waitlists/alternate lists/acceptable pools/deferred/on hold!!!! :D :cool: :) :p
  8. USeF

    USeF sunny L.A. 10+ Year Member

    second definition of hold

    University of Florida places the application on 'hold to compare with future interviewees' accepting people on hold throughout the process.
    In the past, half of those placed on hold are eventually accepted or placed on the alternate list. We feel this year will also..

    so I guess this is a hold for continued review, as opposed to the CWRU hold. Just to clarify, all these are post-interview status, right?
  9. E'01

    E'01 1K Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 26, 2001
    A poor friend of mine is on hold for an interview at two places - whats that about??

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