We posted the transcript from last week’s Cornell Johnson waitlist chat with Director of Admissions Randall Sawyer. The chat was noteworthy for Mr. Sawyer’s forthrightness and willingness to communicate with participants offline as well as for Johnson’s commitment to both hearing from and communicating with waitlisted applicants.
Here are a couple of excerpts:
Anuradha Muralidharan (Feb 28, 2007 2:11:11 PM)
Mr Sawyer, first off, thank you so much for hosting this chat. Since being waitlisted I have shared a lot of information with the adcom professionally as well as on an extra-curricular front (as have most people in this chat and otherwise I’m sure). At this point, I am a little concerned about what would constitute relevant information/updates that the adcom would like to have. I am worried that just any type of contact might be over communication and at the same time, not staying in touch at this point might be perceived as lack of interest. Is there anything specific that you would recommend apart from updates and letters of interest?
RandallSawyerCornell (Feb 28, 2007 2:11:34 PM)
AM that is a great question! I have a top notch team here that keeps the process moving smoothly and keeps me informed of changes to waitlisted files. I urge you to continue to communicate with us every couple of weeks with new info if you have it. This does show continued interest and strengthens you file by showing that passion.
RandallSawyerCornell (Feb 28, 2007 2:32:08 PM)
Has everyone asked us for feedback? If you have not, I urge you to do so
Linda Abraham (Feb 28, 2007 2:32:42 PM)
So Cornell gives feedback to all waitlisted applicants? That’s invaluable.
RandallSawyerCornell (Feb 28, 2007 2:32:54 PM)
We are happy to spend 30 minutes with you reviewing ways to strengthen your application.
Linda Abraham (Feb 28, 2007 2:33:12 PM)
Very impressive, and quite an opportunity.
RandallSawyerCornell (Feb 28, 2007 2:33:14 PM)
All waitlisted students who ask for feedback get it
Anuradha Muralidharan (Feb 28, 2007 2:40:33 PM)
Mr. Sawyer, if it is possible for you to comment about this at this point, what is the intended class size for this Fall? Is Johnson looking at increasing its class size from last year?
RandallSawyerCornell (Feb 28, 2007 2:41:58 PM)
HI AM–the class size for the fall will not exceed 280. With 172 deposits on 268 offers, we are moving quickly toward filling those seats.
Cornell Johnson provides an impressive example of two-way communications and transparency in its waitlist process.