Waitlisted! What Now?

Listen to the full recording of 'Waitlisted! Now What?'So, you’ve been waitlisted and you’re not sure whether to laugh or cry. You can choose to do either, neither or both, but then it is time to figure out what to do next.

Listen to the recording of our latest podcast episode to hear Linda Abraham’s six tips for waitlisted applicants. Make sure you know what to do (and what not to do!) to ensure that you are the candidate on the very top of that waitlist.

00:01:28 – Devastated about your waitlisted status? Don’t give up!

00:02:16 – Don’t be an independent thinker please.

00:03:43 – Self-evaluate and take action.

00:04:24 – Spread the good word (even if it doesn’t relate to your weaknesses).

00:05:44 – Schools like applicants who are interested in attending their program!

00:06:13 – Don’t spam the adcom.

00:06:48 – How a waitlist letter should begin and what it should include.

00:07:33 – Addressing your weaknesses without sounding weak.

Listen to the full conversation to learn more!

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Relevant Links:

•  MBA Waitlist Advice 101
•  Med School Waitlist Advice 101
•  Grad School Waitlist Advice 101
•  College Waitlist Advice 101 
•  The Nine Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make on an MBA Waitlistan ebook
•  The Nine Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make on a Med School Waitlistan ebook
•  The Nine Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make on a Law School Waitlist, an ebook

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How to Write Waitlist Update Letters

You are so close to acceptance, but still not quite there! Get the guidance you need to get that offer of admission.

Continue fighting for that acceptance!

The application process is not over for waitlisted applicants. You’ve still got a chance of getting into your dream school, so now’s not the time to slack off, and it’s certainly not the time to give up. Continue fighting for that acceptance!

Your waitlist updates (you write those) and letters of support (other people write these) should focus on three areas:

1) Your growing list of qualifications. You want to prove to the adcoms that while you were a responsible, accomplished, impressive candidate before, now you are even more so. Discuss recent initiatives you’ve taken—in the workplace and in your community—and developments or advances you’ve made in your career or academics.

2) Steps you’ve taken to ameliorate shortcomings. Figure out what weaknesses were revealed in your application and/or interview and work to improve them. Be able to discuss specific changes you’ve made in your life—education and career—that make you a stronger candidate.

3) How you fit with the school. You were born to attend this school and this school was created just for you. Your fit is as perfect as a cozy glove on a cold hand.

Waitlist Update Writing Step-By-Step:

1) Begin your letter by briefly thanking the school for considering your application. Don’t talk about your disappointment; instead focus on how the school’s philosophy and approach fit your educational goals.

2) Discuss your recent accomplishments. Choose achievements that you did not address in your application and try and tie them back to key themes in your essays. These could include a recent promotion, freshly minted A’s, a new leadership role in a project or organization, a recent volunteer experience, initiatives you’ve taken in your department, business, or club, additional work responsibilities, etc.

3) Talk about the measures you’ve taken to ameliorate your weaknesses, if necessary. Focus on the action you’ve taken rather than on the actual shortcoming. For example, if you have/had weak communication skills, discuss how you enrolled in Toastmasters and how the experience has influenced and inspired you.

4) If you are sure that upon acceptance you would attend, inform the school of your commitment.

Above all, stay positive as your letter will reflect your attitude. Adcoms do not want to read a bitter and angry letter, nor will they want that writer in their classrooms.

A couple of caveats:

• Don’t waste your reader’s time by repeating material already in your application.

• Don’t write if the school states explicitly that it doesn’t want to hear from you.

Click here to listen to the 6 Tips for Waitlisted Applicants!

Help! I'm on the waitlist!

For more information on how to transform your waitlist status into an acceptance, check out one of Accepted’s popular waitlist ebooks:

• The Nine Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make on an MBA Waitlist

• The Nine Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make on a Med School Waitlist

• The Nine Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make on a Law School Waitlist


All You Need to Know About MBA Waitlists Q&A

MBA Waitlist Chat


Waitlisted? Accepted.com founder and president, Linda Abraham, will be hosting a Q&A devoted to waitlisted applicants on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 6:00 PM PT / 9:00 PM ET. During the Q&A, Linda will provide an overview of waitlist basics – key steps you should take, things to avoid, and more. The overview will be followed by plenty of time for questions and answers. Don’t just dream of being accepted to your top school – make it a reality when you attend Accepted’s live waitlist Q&A and benefit from Linda’s successful waitlist tactics.

Register now to reserve your spot for the Accepted.com MBA Waitlist Q&A.

What time is that for me? Click on the link to find out the exact time for your location.

For more information, please e-mail your questions to webinar@accepted.com.

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2012 MBA Waitlist Q&A with Linda Abraham

MBA Waitlist Q&ADid you make it to our 2012 Accepted.com MBA Waitlist Q&A with Linda Abraham? If so, then you know what a huge success the Q&A was. Your questions were excellent and we hope that Linda’s answers will help you achieve your goal of moving from the waitlist to the accepted list at your top choice b-schools. If you missed the event, then you’ll definitely want to read/listen to the transcript for current info and must-know advice for waitlisted applicants, including the following tip:

Here is a very common question. “I have been rejected from all the schools I applied to except one where I am waitlisted. I would love to go to my waitlisted school. How should I proceed?”

The best way to proceed is to send in an update, when you have something to say. And turn to people who know you well and know the school well and ask them to perhaps send in a letter of support. You should address any weaknesses that there may be in your profile. And if you are sure you would attend the school, let them know that you will attend the school if you are accepted. The problem with that statement is that people aren’t always honest. A lot of people will make that statement and won’t attend the school, so the schools don’t put a lot of stock in that. But I would not say, “I got rejected everywhere else, and I’m desperate to go to your school.” I would not say something like that. That is not going to enhance your chances. But do say that this is your #1 choice of where you want to go because it supports your goals, and give some substantive reasons.

Other questions asked were:

  • Could you give an example for how to make it clear that this is my first choice and that I will attend if accepted?
  • When speaking to a school representative directly, in person or on the phone, how do you suggest we show continued interest, aside from asking questions about the waitlist?

For answers to these questions and many others, please view the full transcript or listen to the audio file. For addition advice on how to proceed as a waitlisted applicant, see MBA Waitlist 101.

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Last Chance to Sign Up for FREE, Individualized Waitlist Q&A

MBA Waitlist Q&AJust a quick reminder that our Waitlist Q&A will take place TOMORROW, Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 10AM PT/1PM ET/6PM GMT.

If you’ve been waitlisted to your top choice MBA program, then you won’t want to miss this opportunity to ask MBA admissions guru and Accepted.com founder, Linda Abraham, your most pressing waitlist questions.

Register now to reserve your spot for the Accepted.com MBA Waitlist Q&A.

For more information, please e-mail your questions to webinar@accepted.com.

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