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Wailist Acceptance Procedures

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Universal Coverage, May 17, 2002.

  1. Universal Coverage

    Universal Coverage Junior Member 7+ Year Member

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    If a school offers you a position off there waitlist, are you obligated to attend and withdraw your other one acceptance because it's after May 15th? This is assuming you sent strong letters of interest but never a letter of intent saying you would withdraw all other applications and go if accepted. If you are offered a position how much time do we usually have to think about it? Would you need to decide right there on the phone or might there by time to visit the school again? Thanks for the advice guys!
     
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  3. whoanelly

    whoanelly Member 7+ Year Member

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    I think that the time you have to make a decision varies from one school to the next. If the letter, or caller, doesn't make it clear, then ask. You are not obligated to accept the offer. Even if you sent a clear letter of intent, you have no legal obligation, "only" a moral/ethical one. For example, your first acceptance may offer you a better aid package, or other circumstances in your life may have changed making the first acceptance more attractive. I think other threads have quoted verbatim from the amcas site about your obligations, but you could go there to check it out.
     
  4. whoanelly

    whoanelly Member 7+ Year Member

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    Here is some of the info from amcas:

    Only after May 15 are schools free to apply appropriate rules for dealing with accepted applicants who, without adequate explanation, hold one or more places in other schools. These rules should recognize the problems of the applicant who has multiple offers and also of those applicants who have not yet been accepted. Only schools whose first official day of classes begins prior to August 1 may start to request decisions from accepted applicants prior to May 15 but not earlier than April 15. This rule applies to all accepted applicants for the entering medical school class, including those individuals entering M.D./Ph.D. programs and individuals to whom merit scholarships or other special scholarships have been awarded.
    By May 15 of the year of matriculation, an applicant who has received offers of admission from more than one school should choose the one school that he or she prefers and withdraw from all other schools to which he or she has been accepted.
    *Prior to May 15 of the year of matriculation, an applicant should be given at least two weeks to reply to an offer of admission. After May 15, schools may require applicants to respond to acceptance offers in less than two weeks. An applicant may be required to file a statement of intent, a deposit, or both. The statement of intent should provide freedom to withdraw if the applicant is later accepted by a school that he or she prefers. Under no circumstances should an applicant be asked to withdraw from waiting lists as a condition of accepting a place.
    *It is recommended that the acceptance deposit not exceed $100 and be refundable until May 15. After that date, a school may retain the deposit as a late withdrawal fee. If the applicant matriculates at the school, the school is encouraged to credit the deposit toward tuition.
    Subsequent to June 1, a school of medicine seeking to admit an applicant already known to be accepted by another school for that entering class should advise that school of its intent. Because of the administrative problems involved in filling a place vacated just prior to the commencement of the academic year, schools should communicate fully with each other with respect to anticipated late roster changes in order to keep misunderstandings at a minimum.
    After an applicant has enrolled in a U.S. school of medicine or begun a brief orientation program contiguous to enrollment, no further acceptances should be offered to that individual. Once enrolled in a school, students have an obligation to withdraw their applications promptly from all other schools. Enrollment is defined as being officially registered as a member of the first-year entering class at a school.
     
  5. Assassin

    Assassin Assassin 7+ Year Member

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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 whoanelly:
    <strong> After May 15, schools may require applicants to respond to acceptance offers in less than two weeks. </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I was given 1 day. That's it. Word of advice: prioritize the schools that accepted and waitlisted you as quickly as possible, you do not want to make such a decision on the spot.
     
  6. lmm

    lmm Member 7+ Year Member

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    When you're on the waitlist and you're offered a position, do they give you an idea of financial aid that you'll get????
     
  7. Assassin

    Assassin Assassin 7+ Year Member

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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 lmm:
    <strong>When you're on the waitlist and you're offered a position, do they give you an idea of financial aid that you'll get????</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">generally, yes, assuming you sent in all the required paperwork and confirmed that your FA file is complete beforehand.
     
  8. waitingwaiting

    waitingwaiting Member 7+ Year Member

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    do you think that the most movement occurs sometime in June? When should I bust out those MCAT books? I'll probably do it sometime in the next couple of weeks? <img border="0" title="" alt="[Frown]" src="frown.gif" />
     

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