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I've interviewed at 3 schools, waitlisted at 2, still waiting to hear from the 3rd. I don't really know if there is necessarily anything I did wrong in my interviews, I think my stats just come back to haunt me. I have sub-par stats and seem to have gotten these interviews out of luck or other areas of my application. Anyways, it seems like I keep getting waitlisted....

Is there anything an applicant can do to get off a waitlist? I've heard stories from writing letters/updates to visiting the dean? Does anyone else have anecdotal evidence?

I appreciate the input :)
 

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I don't really know if there is necessarily anything I did wrong in my interviews, I think my stats just come back to haunt me. I have sub-par stats and seem to have gotten these interviews out of luck or other areas of my application.

Hey, I don't have much input.. except for the fact that I totally agree with what you said up there. Some might say it's bad interview skills, but I personally feel like I did just fine on my interviews, and got waitlisted at 3/4. I feel like stats do keep playin a role after the interview.. and if you interview equally as well as someone else with better stats, they're gonna get chosen over you.

Good luck man! Remember to send update letters and letters of interest so that they know you're still interested and alive! At many schools (especially lower tier ones), a strong letter of intent/interest may go a long way!

And remember, waitlisted doesn't mean they don't want you. If that were the case, they could have just rejected you. They're just not ready to commit just yet.
 

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Well there is not that much you can do, except wait. :p

But a few things that can help you get up higher could be:
1. SIGNIFICANT new letters of recommendation
2. Any awards or achievements you have recieved
3. Any interesting experiences you have encountered over time

Basically its keeping in touch making sure you let them know you are still interested in their place. Otherwise, as captain obvious as it sounds, all you can do is wait.
 
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Wow, it makes total sense about the generic LOI's. I never thought about that.
 

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bumping my own thread and adding the following...

are there any statistics showing how many matriculants come off the waitlist? at least from lower/mid-tier schools?
 

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I sent an LOIntent to Berkeley last week and got accepted this week off the alternate list. Perhaps a coincidence, but it certainly didn't hurt. My LOI was VERY specific -- I said EXACTLY what I liked about the program and what I thought I could add to it. Because they were absolutely, 100% my top choice, I said I would attend, no doubt about it, if they accepted me.
Last week when I was interviewing at Hopkins they even said we could send in letters of interest if we were waitlisted. So if you have a definite top choice, it's worth a try, I think.
 
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