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Purgatory a.k.a. wait listed

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by Fenrez, Mar 19, 2002.

  1. Fenrez

    Fenrez AT Stills worst nightmare

    Mar 2, 2002
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    My number one choice, Nova, put me on a waiting list. So as I was banging my head into the wall, I got to wondering about it.

    Does anyone know the actual numbers involved with wait lists? As far as how many people on average get a seat from the alternate list?

    It's hard to find those kind of numbers so I was wondering if there was someone "on the inside" that had access to alternate list data over the past couple of years.

    Thanks in advance!

    Okay, back to that wall...
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  3. jcschultz

    jcschultz Junior Member

    Feb 14, 2002
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    In my experience, it is different for every school. I would say on average that most schools take approximately 50-70 people from their wait-list. It takes some time though, many people hang onto acceptances until the end. I would say that if you are in the top 25 of the waitlist you can count on acceptance for sure. I am accepted at DO schools and have been waitlisted at a few MD schools, I am waiting for them to make my final decision. I am in the top quartile of each waitlist, and the adcom said to begin celebrating now... but having been through this process once already I don't count any chickens until they are hatched. Don't panic, there will be a lot of waitlist movement in the next few months, it is a painful process, but one that will seem like nothing compared to the stress of 1st year! Good luck:)

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