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Getting off waitlist after starting at another school?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by docbee18, May 13, 2014.

  1. docbee18

    docbee18 2+ Year Member

    Nov 25, 2013
    I currently hold an acceptance at one school, and I was recently waitlisted at my top choice. However, this is what I'm worried about: the school where I was accepted starts classes three weeks earlier than my top choice school, and it is possible that I could get off the waitlist up until their orientation (after I will have already started class at the other school). Can you still get accepted off a waitlist if you have already matriculated somewhere else? I know this is not allowed with MD schools but does anyone know what the rule is for DO schools? Thanks!
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  3. chizledfrmstone

    chizledfrmstone Enjoying the finer things in life Administrator Moderator 10+ Year Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    I don't think you can do that.
  4. abolt18

    abolt18 I regret nothing. The end. 5+ Year Member

    Apr 24, 2012
    I don't see why not. It'd be a unique situation, but maybe? As long as they will not charge you your tuition you could do it.
  5. bionerd89

    bionerd89 2+ Year Member

    Jun 18, 2013
    Don't you have to pay for tuition before class starts?
  6. docbee18

    docbee18 2+ Year Member

    Nov 25, 2013
    Yeah it's technically due by registration. They do mention a late payment fee though, so as long as I could be absolutely sure that they wouldn't kick me out for not paying on time, I'd probably just pay the late fee and hold out for that waitlist for a week or two. I actually just found an older thread mentioning that a couple people did change schools after getting off a waitlist, so I guess it's not impossible.
  7. medickdb

    medickdb 5+ Year Member

    Feb 24, 2011
    Some schools will refund 100% of your tuition paid if you leave the school within the first week.
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  8. Hakuna Matata

    Hakuna Matata 2+ Year Member

    Mar 17, 2014
    This is true of several schools, so check your specific one docbee.
  9. Oo Cipher oO

    Oo Cipher oO 5+ Year Member

    Jul 21, 2011
    It happened to one of my classmates. He got off the wait list at our school 3 days after class already started. Definitely look at the school policy but I know it has happened before. 3 days is way different than 3 weeks...
  10. docbee18

    docbee18 2+ Year Member

    Nov 25, 2013
    I'll be sure to check with the school about their specific policies. Thanks for the responses!
  11. WhyDoWeFall

    WhyDoWeFall 5+ Year Member

    Feb 5, 2011
    I know for a fact that LECOM will get you a refund if you bail out after the first week to go to another school. My friend did this, you just have to talk to the Dean
  12. Goro

    Goro Faculty 7+ Year Member

    Jun 10, 2010
    Somewhere west of St. Louis
    I'm not 100% sure, but I believe that my school has lost some students on day 1-2 of the first semester when those kids got accepted into an MD school.

  13. WesternRedCedar


    Dec 14, 2013
    That would be such a hassle to have to relocate...give up any potential lease's for housing etc.
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