Waitlist Advice

Kristin Roth - Admissions, December 21, 2014 | 0 comments
Tags: advice, admissions, applying, waitlist

This is a repost of last year's waitlist blog, but the advice still stands: relax, read the instructions, be patient, and stay positive.


So we know, getting on the waitlist wasn’t the news you had hoped for. Please know we have an incredibly competitive applicant pool, and due to our small size, we have to make some very difficult decisions.  While obviously not the desired outcome, being placed on the waitlist should be viewed as a positive result of your efforts.  There are silver linings in this cloud!  While on the waitlist, consider some ways to prepare yourself for business school or another year of work before you start graduate school.

First, take a deep breath. Do something healthy for yourself. Spend time with family and friends, go for a run, or do whatever you do to decompress. Good decisions about future paths are rarely made when you’re under stress or feel anxious. Release some of those anxieties and put your efforts into building a wise strategy for moving forward.

Second, follow the instructions. Your decision letter lets you know what you need to do next. You’ll need to decide whether or not you want to remain on the waitlist. If you choose to remain on the waitlist (and we hope you do), an Admissions Officer will be in touch with you in the coming months to let you know if there are any steps you can take to enhance your application.  Sometimes we might suggest you retake the GMAT, take some quantitative classes, or provide us with clarification on an essay.  Other times, there is nothing to do but sit tight and wait to see how the class shakes out.

This is a good time to look back on your application and decide for yourself what your strengths and weaknesses are. An honest assessment of what you could improve is a great opportunity for you to come up a game plan. Maybe you think you could score higher on your GMAT, or you realize your goals or your rationale for your MBA weren’t clear. Perhaps you can take on new challenges or stretch yourself more at work or in your community life. That insight can help you take proactive steps now, without waiting for feedback from us.

Third, trust the process. We know being in limbo is challenging. We work hard to make the waitlist process as informative and clear as possible. If we need something from you, we will let you know. Update us with important information such as promotions or new test scores. There’s no need to make surprise visits to campus, bombard us with extra letters of recommendation or email weekly asking about your status. Keep in mind how you handle yourself on the waitlist also gives us an idea of how you will handle yourself as a student. You can help your candidacy by maintaining your professionalism and checking in every once in a while.

Finally, don’t give up hope.  While every year is different, and we have no way to predict how many people we might be able to take, each year we typically do admit people from the waitlist, and those people are often our favorite students at Tuck!

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