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Here's the predicament: 7 interviews, and so far 6 waitlists and pending 7th at Cornell- Should I begin looking for a plan B for next year? Weeks of research and hounding admissions offices has yielded very little information on my place on the lists and history of waitlist movement. Please post any past year's WL statistics, advice, or knowledge on the WL policies at:

1) University of Michigan
2) SUNY Upstate (HPA)
3) SUNY Buffalo
4) Mt. Sinai
5) NYU
6) Northwestern
7) Cornell????

Thanks guys.
 

Kashue

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Originally posted by bufer1
Here's the predicament: 7 interviews, and so far 6 waitlists and pending 7th at Cornell- Should I begin looking for a plan B for next year? Weeks of research and hounding admissions offices has yielded very little information on my place on the lists and history of waitlist movement. Please post any past year's WL statistics, advice, or knowledge on the WL policies at:

1) University of Michigan
2) SUNY Upstate (HPA)
3) SUNY Buffalo
4) Mt. Sinai
5) NYU
6) Northwestern
7) Cornell????

Thanks guys.

Lots of movement on Upstate, Buffalo and NYU's waitlists. If things go the same as last year, you will probably get off from Upstate's waitlist.
 

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If you can somewhere find it in the other Northwestern post, people have been saying that Northwestern accepts like 6 people off the waitlist, bummer.
 

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Since you got interviews at UMich and Cornell, perhaps they are taking a wait and see approach by waitlisting you. You might just need to write a LOI to one of those lower ranked school to get off their waitlist.
 

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I am fairly na?ve with this whole process. I was wondering if somebody could tell me when/if adcoms can communicate with each other with regard to an applicant?s status.
 

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UMich has a very active waitlist, with a high percentage of its matriculating class each year getting in off it. They are very responsive to things like LOIs. If you really want to go there, give it a shot. Good luck.
 

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Pardon my stupidness, what is an LOI?
 

jennie 21

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Letter of Intent. Basically, you write a letter saying that you love their school and that if accepted, you definitely would attend. Letters of intent are looked at as binding and it's bad form to write them to more than one school (although some people do...but I wouldn't recommend it).
 

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talked to adcoms at one of these schools. said that right around mid march amcas sends a list of all the students who applied and where they got accepted to every medical school. so schools know exactly where u have been accepted
 

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Why don't we get a list like that? I mean we are sitting here, going out of our minds, and they calmly have been handed a list so they can make their decissions! This process sucks!
I just had to vent+pissed+
 

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In terms of Mt Sinai: I was told that 30% of the class comes off the waitlist which sounds pretty good to me. But I know that they are serious about your desire to go there so if you make it clear that it is your first choice (if it is) then that should help. Good Luck!
 

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Originally posted by sh2021
In terms of Mt Sinai: I was told that 30% of the class comes off the waitlist which sounds pretty good to me. But I know that they are serious about your desire to go there so if you make it clear that it is your first choice (if it is) then that should help. Good Luck!

thatsonly 40 students. doesnt sound too good to me :(
 

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Is this true:?

NYU's WL has lots of movement because the never have more acceptances handed out than their class size. For example, currently only 160 acceptances are out in people's hands right now (not including withdrawls from acceptances)?

Whereas, NU hands out double their class size because the expect some to withdraw but just enough to make their class size. Therefore, there is relatively little movement.

This is the opinion i generated during my correspondence with NYU staff.

Any other thoughts?

Edit: doesn't anyone know percentage-wise how many NYU matriculants come off the WL?
 

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It's 40 more than none. Ok, maybe i deluded myself into thinking this is good but I have to or else i will fall into a deep, dark depression...:)
 

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NO SCHOOL, not even the big H would hand out only as many acceptances as seats. Maybe the only do 1.5 to 2x but no school in their right mind would gamble like that.

Also do the math, they receive about 3500 applications a year. They say they interview 25% so that's about 850-900 interviews. They accept 25% of that which is about 225-250.



Originally posted by Gollum
Is this true:?

NYU's WL has lots of movement because the never have more acceptances handed out than their class size. For example, currently only 160 acceptances are out in people's hands right now (not including withdrawls from acceptances)?

Whereas, NU hands out double their class size because the expect some to withdraw but just enough to make their class size. Therefore, there is relatively little movement.

This is the opinion i generated during my correspondence with NYU staff.

Any other thoughts?

Edit: doesn't anyone know percentage-wise how many NYU matriculants come off the WL?
 

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Originally posted by exmike
thatsonly 40 students. doesnt sound too good to me :(

It's 40 students that were accepted off the waitlist AND matriculated. I imagine a lot of people are accepted off the waitlist, but also got off the waitlist somewhere else and decide not to go.
 
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