Monday, February 2, 2009
This Friday, February 6th, we will release November Round decisions. At that time, a number of you will be placed on the waitlist. There are many questions surrounding the waitlist, including communication protocol and the big one; whether or not you have a good chance of coming off the waitlist. First, let me explain how we decide to waitlist someone. Candidates are placed on the waitlist for a variety of reasons. Sometimes we need more information about an applicant, but see many positive qualities and are interested enough to seek additional data. Sometimes we have questions about English or quantitative proficiency, so we will encourage the candidate to retake their GMAT or Toefl or to complete additional coursework. In other cases there are no particular areas of concern but we are unable to offer admission at that point in our cycle. So, how do you know which category you fall into? Consistent with our admissions philosophy, we are happy to communicate with you about ways to strengthen your candidacy. Once waitlisted you will be given the option of withdrawing or staying on the waitlist. If you decide to remain on the roster you will be contacted individually by an admissions officer. One of us (your designated contact) will then be available to discuss your application. However, it is important to make sure that you are communicating with us in a way that reflects well on you. It is great(in fact a good idea) to tell us that you are still very interested in Tuck, and to discuss ways to improve your profile. However, please believe us if we say that we have all the data that we need and that it is a matter of waiting to see how the class falls out. It is also ok to update us if there is a material change in your situation - a promotion, new job, international experience, etc. Now for the big question; how do you know if you have a reasonable chance of admission? Unfortunately, there is no reliable way for us to help you assess your chances. Historically, we have admitted people from the waitlist every year - but the number varies, as does the profile of those admitted off the waitlist. Most of the time we do not admit waitlisted candidates until later in the cycle - usually not until the Spring. We understand that it is hard to wait and manage the ambiguity, and we appreciate your continued interest in Tuck.