It's that time of year. B-school applicants are hearing Yes, No, or Maybe. Let’s discuss those of you in the latter category: MBA wait-lists.
I encourage you to seize the initiative. Unless the MBA program discourages additional contact, take a pro-active approach. You have already shown that you qualify; otherwise you wouldn't find yourself on the wait-list. They like you. Now give the adcom additional reasons to admit you by writing a succinct wait-list letter:
Keep the letter short and sweet -- two pages max. Don't succumb to the temptation to rewrite or even summarize your life history or essay(s). Stay focused on what you have accomplished since applying.
Then plan a campaign of regular, but not pesky, contact designed to demonstrate your interest in and fit with this school. Three to four weeks after you send in your initial letter, submit an additional letter of recommendation. After another three to four weeks go by, send in another update. Follow this last correspondence with a phone call and offer to interview, either in person or over the phone. If you are informed of your wait-list status later in the application cycle, compress the timeline and contact the schools at slightly more frequent intervals.
If feasible, plan to visit the school and see if you can set up an appointment with a member of the adcom. If you haven't previously done so, ask for a tour, attend a class, and meet with students. Then write the school and say how the visit strengthened your conviction that you and School X are a match.
Show them that you are committed to attend, demonstrate that you are "new and improved" since you initially applied, and you'll increase your chances of moving from the MBA Wait List to the Accepted List.
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