The USC waitlist chat transcript is now online. I would like to spotlight a couple of brief exchanges in the chat, because for schools that permit contact, these exchanges reveal what you should and should not do if you want to move from the waitlist to the accepted list:
Linda Abraham (Feb 22, 2007 12:01:45 PM)
What should waitlisted applicants do to enhance their chances of acceptance?
KelleeScottUSC (Feb 22, 2007 12:03:09 PM)
At this point, your application is complete, but you can send in supplemental information to enhance. In the past, candidates have sent in an additional letter of recommendation, results of any projects they have been working on, and an additional essay to demonstrate leadership skills. If you are on the cusp of the GMAT 80% range, the lower end, some candidates may choose to re-test in order to improve their score.
Linda Abraham (Feb 22, 2007 12:36:18 PM)
What are some mistakes waitlisted applicants make that hurt their chances of acceptance?
KelleeScottUSC (Feb 22, 2007 12:38:54 PM)
Linda, great question! Waitlisted candidates who come in unannounced and demand an interview show a lack of maturity as an example, However, in general, candidates who do not demonstrate their continued interest in Marshall don’t necessarily stay high on the ADCOM radar.
Linda Abraham (Feb 22, 2007 12:39:29 PM)
Would it be fair to say that intelligent, substantive, periodic communication is the way to go?
KelleeScottUSC (Feb 22, 2007 12:40:04 PM)
Linda, I would agree with that enthusiastically.
There is much more to the chat than these exchanges, but they reveal much about what a school that encourages contact wants to see and does not want to see from its waitlisted candidates. Be mature. Don’t drown them in meaningless drivel. But do demonstrate your continued interest while taking advantage of the opportunity to trumpet recent achievements.
This week we have a waitlsit chat with Cornell Johnson on Wednesday February 28 at 12:00 PM PT/1:00 pm ET/8:00 PM GMT. Please feel free to join us if you are on Johnson’s waitlist. If you would like waitlist assistance and are on another school’s list, please check out: