The OFFICIAL what's up with Wash U?

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  1. KDMD

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    I interviewed at Wash U in early February. While I was there, one of the members of the AdCom said that there were 50 spots left and decisions would be made within the month over the course of 2 admissions meetings. He even mentioned that I might receive a phone call/email the night after the AdCom meeting if a favorable decision was made on my file. Shortly thereafter, I got a letter in the mail from WashU noting that I was misinformed if I was told that I would be hearing within a few weeks and that I shouldn't expect to hear until about 4/15. I know that WashU is rolling, but does anyone know what is happening in their admissions office, or has anyone heard from them since February?
     
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  3. ValleyGal

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    I'm in the same boat with you on this one. I feel like I have seen a post on this website where someone got into WashU a few weeks ago, but that is the only one which I remember. It could be that they are sorting out all of the decisions now instead of just accepting people, which is why it is taking so long. Their next committee meeting is on the 28th, so hopefully we will get decisions shortly after that!
     
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    Same here. Interviewed late Jan. Old guy promised that our files would be reviewed the following week. Got letter saying old guy was wrong. What the hell is going on there? All the admissions people are taking a long spring break or something? :mad:
     
  5. LizardKing

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    Interviewed late Jan. as well. The old man told us wrong info. Don't know when they are meeting. The people who have been accepted within the past month, I know, are mostly people who interviewed mid. Jan and before.

    40 spots left? If his info was wrong, how can we trust this statement too? Are we all on hold right now and waiting to get on the waitlist?
     
  6. Fluffy

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    Interviewed in November, got a postcard with the "won't hear until 4/15". I called last week and they said that "no decision has been made on your application so far." I asked if my committee member had to bring it up or something and they said "no, the adcom has them all and they are working through them. You may not hear until 4/15." So, I take that to mean that I'm waitlisted or rejected and they just don't want to tell me until the very last minute. One thing is for sure, doesn't sound like I'm getting a scholarship there!
     
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    I interviewed on Jan 29 and heard back a few weeks later. I think that they are now waiting to see how many people will hold onto their acceptances and then you guys will hopefully get in. Good luck, maybe I'll see you there next year!!
     
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    I interviewed at Wash U on Feb. 14th and just got a letter in the mail today (postmarked 3/21) saying that I've been placed on the waitlist. I'm very disappointed. This is the third school in a row I've been waitlisted at and Wash U's my top choice. Oh well, I suppose I'll just have to wait some more. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Frown]" src="frown.gif" />
     
  9. KDMD

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    Still waiting for the mail...

    But-IF anything comes in the mail, I think it will be a wait list letter at best. Don't they send acceptances Fed Ex? :confused:
     
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    I interviewed in late November and they told me that we would hear decisions in about 4 weeks. Then I got a postcard that said that that information was wrong and that it could be many months before I would heard anything. It came in a holiday card...I think other people mentioned getting it too. Then I got a phone call from the admissions committee about a week later! So I think that recieving those postcards doesn't necessarily mean that it will take a long time to make a decision on your apps. My theory is that they send them to everyone to cover themselves so they are not necessarily held to the "4 weeks" that they tell people during the interview.
     
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    Yeah I got the waitlist letter today too.
     
  12. KDMD

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    Does anyone know if Wash U sends rejections to anyone post-interview? For some reason, I was under the impression that you are either accepted or moved to the "waiting pool"
     
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    Does anyone know if Wash U sends rejections to anyone post-interview? For some reason, I was under the impression that you are either accepted or moved to the "waiting pool" a.k.a wait list
     
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    I got the waitlist letter today too -- it was one of the nicer waitlist letters I have seen. "Fully qualified for admission, however at this time we have more outstanding applicants than available positions" and the "I believe you would thrive here" are nice touches. It will be interesting to see how big the waitlist is!
     
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    Has anyone who interviewed in February been accepted or are we all just waiting for the wait list?
     
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  17. Hey everyone, I received the waitlist letter in the mail today, too. I'll get in touch with my friend who's a first year and see if I can find out any useful information about how many people are on the waitlist, whether it is ranked, etc.
     
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    From what I remember, they told us at the interview that the way that their "waitlist" is simply a pile of all the applications that haven't yet resulted in admission. Therefore, it is unranked and depends only on which region (ie West Coast, Midwest, etc) that your college is in. Each meeting the subcommittee will pull a few applications out to discuss in front of the full committee.
     
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    Hmmm, seems like enough waitlists that they have sent out the mass mailing. However, it doesn't seem like many of us are getting put on the waitlist! Everyone else post your results!!!!!
     
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    I got the Waitlist letter from WashU today (3/25)as well.
     
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    For those who have received a waitlist letter or even acceptance, what did it say on the status check page when you got your letters. Do they change the page when they make a decision? Right now all mine says is that wash u has received all the materials to review my application. Thanks for your help guys and gals!
     
  22. waiting123,

    I received the waitlist letter today, but the status check page has not been updated...it says the same thing as yours.

    Good luck!
     
  23. lorarp

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    sadly i was waitlisted also. damn, it was my first choice. guess i'm going to vandy.
     
  24. Dark Sandbars

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    Got the wait list letter, too, today. I interviewed all the way back in December.
     
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    I didn't get anything in the mail... I am West Coast tho... Does this mean I am rejected? I knew getting an interview there was too good to be true. They must have realized their mistake and are wondering how they can reject me even if they do not send rejections soon after interview.
     
  26. paige

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    i got the waitlist too --

    did anyone get a post-interview rejection? :confused:
    how active is the waitlist, anyway? :confused:
     
  27. cm7b5

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    I also got the waitlist......is this just a formality??
     
  28. ValleyGal

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    Anyone who knows how the waitlist works please let us know -- if they are putting all post-interviews not accepted on the waitlist that would be darn near 1000 people.
     
  29. </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by ValleyGal:
    <strong>Anyone who knows how the waitlist works please let us know -- if they are putting all post-interviews not accepted on the waitlist that would be darn near 1000 people.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">This can't be the case because I know of someone who was rejected post-interview.
     
  30. Gainer

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    I haven't recieved anything yet.....
    could this be a good sign? or does this mean rejection.....

    I think this is good, but I am skeptical after the whole Duke fiasco...
     
  31. ValleyGal

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    It could be good or it could be bad. No one could really guess at this point. Maybe they are sending out the next acceptance letters soon. However, something to consider about Wash U is that in the beginning of Feb they only had 40-50 spots left to give out, and they have been accepting people for the last two months. The waitlist letter also says that they expect to take at least 50 people off of the waitlist, making it sound like they do not overfill their class by too much. And maybe they are just sending out the waitlist letters as they are printed, so they could be coming in spurts. So, cross your fingers for an acceptance, but it could really be any of the three choices at this point!! Good luck!
     
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    I spoke with someone at the admissions office sometime last week and she informed me they are still offering acceptances. They only give out acceptances at the full meetings, but do give out waitlists or rejections at the regional meetings (that was the impression she gave me). The woman told me that at this point, no news is good news and that they would let everyone know either A,W, or R by april 15.
     
  33. Avi

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    I called the admissions office yesterday to inquire about the status of my application post-interview (mid-february). The nice lady told me that I was mailed a letter on 3/21 and in it would detail what I needed to do to "remain under consideration." To which I replied: "Oh, so it's a waitlist letter." Then she says, "no, but it's a letter." I have yet to receive it, probably because I'm on the west coast (mail comes in a couple of hours today). I wonder what she meant by it: how can I remain under consideration if I'm rejected? and why would I need to remain "under consideration" if I am accepted? -- You would think I am waitlisted, yet I wasn't sent a waitlist letter, at least not according to her. Any predictions?
     
  34. Sir William Osler

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    i called and the lady said the exact thing about "remaining under consideration." sounds like a waitlist letter to me.

    good luck
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Avi:
    <strong>I called the admissions office yesterday to inquire about the status of my application post-interview (mid-february). The nice lady told me that I was mailed a letter on 3/21 and in it would detail what I needed to do to "remain under consideration." To which I replied: "Oh, so it's a waitlist letter." Then she says, "no, but it's a letter." I have yet to receive it, probably because I'm on the west coast (mail comes in a couple of hours today). I wonder what she meant by it: how can I remain under consideration if I'm rejected? and why would I need to remain "under consideration" if I am accepted? -- You would think I am waitlisted, yet I wasn't sent a waitlist letter, at least not according to her. Any predictions?</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Sounds like a waitlist letter to me. Perhaps Wash U simply doesn't use the term "waitlist". They just have "a pool of applicants still under consideration." Damn semantics... as if we didn't have enough confusion about this whole application process already.
     
  36. Gainer

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    After calling, I was told that no decision has been made on my application yet.

    UGH! (Thats what Duke told me twice before rejecting...)

    But I will remain hopeful for WashU, especially because of how late I interviewed and becuase I have yet to recieve a rejection or waitlist.....
    Cross your fingers for me.. :D
     
  37. waiting123

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    I got the waitlist too. This is soo stupied. It is basically another way for med schools to take advantage of their applicants by keeping them hanging until the med schools need them to fill a spot! Please! Why don't they just reject the majority and keep like 100 max on the waitlist? These med school are really pissing me off :mad: . I think I will call and ask what number I am. Also, what is up with the schools like U Mich that won't even give you the number, just the tier. I think that as an applicant I should have the right to know. Anyways, just venting. <img border="0" alt="[Pissy]" title="" src="graemlins/pissy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Pity]" title="" src="graemlins/pity.gif" />
     
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    I withdrew from WashU in december but I just got my waitlist letter today. How annoying!
     
  39. Gainer

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by waiting123:
    <strong>I got the waitlist too. This is soo stupied. It is basically another way for med schools to take advantage of their applicants by keeping them hanging until the med schools need them to fill a spot! Please! Why don't they just reject the majority and keep like 100 max on the waitlist? These med school are really pissing me off :mad: . I think I will call and ask what number I am. Also, what is up with the schools like U Mich that won't even give you the number, just the tier. I think that as an applicant I should have the right to know. Anyways, just venting. <img border="0" alt="[Pissy]" title="" src="graemlins/pissy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Pity]" title="" src="graemlins/pity.gif" /> </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">You probably won't get the number by calling, especially if they are just telling people that they are in an ongoing applicant pool, not a waitlist.
    The person who gave our interview-presentation DID tell us that to get off the waitlist at WashU all you really had to do was shower them with interest letters and updates (grade updates, activities updates, adress updates). I am guessing that if they really are your top choice and you really want in and do this, they would give ya one of those 50 spots...

    Well just passing on info that I heard there that, hopefully, will help some of you out.

    Hopefully I'll find out where I fit into WashU soon.... (fingers still crossed for going to full commitee tommorrow)
     
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    I doubt they have a concrete numbering system on the waitlist. It seems likely that as people decline acceptances, the school will look at what kind of student they want to replace the one who's left. I'm sure they try to create a balance by geography, age, sex, race/ethicity, etc. A student who has shown a lot of interest in the school and meets these criteria will get in. I could be wrong. That's just my two cents.
     
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    Is there anyone else out there who hasn't heard anything (except the Christmas card letter) since their interview? My interview was in November, so I think this might be a bad sign...
     
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    I got the waitlist letter today. It's a pretty nice letter as waitlist letters go. It was postmarked on the 22nd. I interviewed way back in September, and this is the first time they've contacted me! I thought they had forgotten about me.

    Does Wash U reject anyone post-interview?
     
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    Thanks Gainer. I didn't really know that that's how Wash U goes about picking people off the waitlist so I must have forgotten which schools do it mostly by numbers and which don't. As for the person who asked, does anyone get rejected, I would now bet that the answer is no or very few! Has anyone gotten rejected on this board? I think that they just waitlist you and then reject you at the end in july or whatever. Also, scottie, if I were you I would just call them and ask your status to make sure they still have your folder and see if it has gone to committee yet. It can't hurt to call, especially at this point when they are winding down.
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by scottie:
    <strong>Is there anyone else out there who hasn't heard anything (except the Christmas card letter) since their interview? My interview was in November, so I think this might be a bad sign...</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">just call the office of admissions. they were nice enough to tell me on the phone that my application was no longer under consideration.
     
  45. Gainer

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    I am afraid to call again.... I don't want to jinx what I think is probably good news.

    With the vast amount of waitlists we've seen here, "no decision yet" could mean I am going to commitee tommorrow, right? (or am I be overly optimistic?)
     
  46. KDMD

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    ceelo-did you interview at Wash U?
     
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    WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! i am getting scared. i interviewed march 1st (not too long ago, i know) but i would NOT mind a waitlist letter!!! i talked to a lot of students there who'd been on the waitlist at some point. for some reason it doesn't make sense to me that washu would send out waitlists before sending out all the acceptance letters...i mean how do they decide that someone isn't good enough for a spot if they haven't decided who IS good enough for a spot. seems counter-intuitive to me,...
     
  48. Gainer

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    Because they decide waitlists at the regional commitee level and acceptances have to go throught the formality of a full commitee...

    in the immortal words of Wilson Phillips, "Hold on for one more day"
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    The full commitee is supposed to convene tommorrow, and if the admissions office still tells us there is not a decision made, then it probably means the worst.
     
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    Gainer--How did you get the info that the adcom is still meeting?
     
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    The guy at my interview on March 8th.

    It is probably about as accurate as you can get... (considering last interview day was March 11th)
     
  51. Gainer

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    Today is the day..... keep your fingers crossed...
     
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    KDMD--thanks for starting such a great thread! Obviously there are plenty of people in need of this information.
     

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