2008 MIT Sloan MBA Waitlist Chat with Jennifer Burke Barba

2008 MIT Sloan MBA Waitlist Chat with Jennifer Burke Barba

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Linda Abraham (Feb 20, 2008 12:58:23 PM)
Hello. My name is Linda Abraham. I am the founder of Accepted.com and the moderator of today’s chat. First I want to welcome you all to Accepted.com’s MIT Sloan waitlist chat.  I also want to welcome Sloan’s Jen Burke Barba, Associate Director and Waitlist Manager.  Thanks to everyone for joining.

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 12:58:55 PM)
Thanks Linda! I'm so happy that we could participate.

Linda Abraham (Feb 20, 2008 12:59:07 PM)
Please post your questions, and I will choose as many as possible from the ones you post and our guest will respond. You can also post follow up questions.

Sherwin (Feb 20, 2008 12:59:15 PM)
Do you review Round I waitlisted candidates during Round II? If so, in years past, what percentage of students accepted off the waitlist were notified during Round II? Also, in years past, what percentage of students were accepted off the waitlist?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:00:07 PM)
Hi Sherwin, Yes, we hope to review round 1 WL applicants during the Round 2 process. I don't have data on how many people have been accepted from R1 WL during R2, typically not a lot.

Chris Mather (Feb 20, 2008 1:00:21 PM)
Is this year's round 1 waitlist larger or smaller than last year's?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:00:45 PM)
Chris, this year's waitlist is about the same as in previous years, we have about 75 people.

A. Hartman (Feb 20, 2008 1:00:46 PM)
How does financial aid work if you are accepted very late in the process?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:01:28 PM)
Everyone is still considered for financial aid, that is loans. But if you are admitted late in the process there most likely will not be any fellowships left.

Subu (Feb 20, 2008 1:01:36 PM)
What can we do as waitlisted applicants to increase our chances of admission?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:02:28 PM)
Subu, the best thing to do is stay in touch with us. We want to know of any updates that could impact your candidacy (promotions, volunteer work, etc) and that if we were to extend you an offer, that you would accept.

lovesloan (Feb 20, 2008 1:02:32 PM)
What % of all the waitlisted applicants have NOT been interviewed?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:03:03 PM)
More than 50% of the WL have not been interviewed.

Saurabh & Ananya (Feb 20, 2008 1:03:13 PM)
Hi, we have both received a waitlist without an interview invite. How do we go forward from there? Can we expect an interview?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:03:57 PM)
An interview is required for admission. We hope to get some WL candidate interviews in during the round 2 interview process (Taking place in March), otherwise I intend to interview people throughout the months of May/June, as needed. Interviews are by invitation only.

Hamid (Feb 20, 2008 1:04:11 PM)
How early will the R1 waitlisted candidates be contacted from the Admissions Committee with an update? Thank you.

Patience (Feb 20, 2008 1:04:31 PM)
Will candidates who were not interviewed before being placed on the waitlist only be considered once the candidates who have already had an interview are offered admission?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:04:36 PM)
Hamid, we won't have any updates until we make decisions for Round 2.

Saurabh & Ananya (Feb 20, 2008 1:04:39 PM)
What sort of updates are you looking for as a part of the process?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:04:46 PM)
Patience, no.

CL (Feb 20, 2008 1:04:51 PM)
Is it recommendable to get support letters in addition from the recommender letters of the application?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:05:36 PM)
Saurabh, updates that are relevant to our process. Like I mentioned before, professional accomplishments, extra curricular accomplishments, possibly additional recommendation letters - as long as they are telling us something we have not already seen.

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:06:05 PM)
Carsten, yes, it's great to to get support letters, especially from people from our community (current students, alums, professors).

Tony (Feb 20, 2008 1:06:13 PM)
How many more do you expect to waitlist in Round II? Typically, how many are ultimately admitted off the WL?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:07:07 PM)
Tony, I wish I had that answer. We hope to keep the WL # under 100 people. But people are constantly dropping off (they decide to go to another program), so it's very hard to say now.

Injae (Feb 20, 2008 1:07:22 PM)
How many or what proportion of wait-listed applicants "finally" got accepted last year?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:07:43 PM)
Oh... last year we did not admit anyone from the WL, but that was the first time that had ever happened in school history. The year before that we admitted about 35 off the wl.

Chris_R (Feb 20, 2008 1:07:58 PM)
At this time, how much of an effect will a Sloan professor's recommendation help our chances of being accepted? Or in other words, how much "pull" do professors have in the admissions process (in general)?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:09:04 PM)
Chris, a recommendation letter does not make the decision. But for candidates like yourself, on the WL, an extra letter especially from a Sloan faculty member can really help show your commitment and fit with the program.

lovesloan (Feb 20, 2008 1:09:13 PM)
If I am waitlisted without an interview, will I be invited to interview during round II, or most likely after round II is finished?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:09:52 PM)
Lovesloan, depends... basically if space allows I hope to get some wl interviews done during round 2, otherwise, during May/June.

A. Hartman (Feb 20, 2008 1:09:56 PM)
How is the list prioritized?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:11:07 PM)
A. Hartman - the list is not prioritized or ranked. Basically the wl is a collection of candidates that we see fit to enter the program, but we just did not have space at the time decisions were made. So we take people off the list dependent on those who drop off.

CL (Feb 20, 2008 1:11:08 PM)
Lets assume we had a bad day in the interview. Is there any chance for a second interview, e.g. if we visit campus and drop by at the admissions office?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:12:06 PM)
Hi Carsten... I don't think you had a bad interview :-). If you visit campus you might be able to chat with me or someone else. It all depends on our availability. We do not make appointments to meet with WL candidates.

Ivan (Feb 20, 2008 1:12:07 PM)
What does it mean to be waitlisted without having been interviewed? Is that better or worse than having been waitlisted after an interview?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:13:01 PM)
Ivan, it doesn't mean anything. Basically we are only able to interview a small portion of applicants, about 25%, and out of those we are only able to admit about 40%. So sometimes we're just not able to interview everyone we'd like all at once.

Minsook (Feb 20, 2008 1:13:10 PM)
Till when would the admissions office be receiving such updates (e.g. essays. recommendations)?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:13:36 PM)
Minsook, we will take updates at any time. Just email them to mbawaitinglist@sloan.mit.edu.

Anjum Malik (Feb 20, 2008 1:13:41 PM)
You said that the wait list currently has about 75 people. By how much do you expect this number to grow after Round II?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:14:18 PM)
Anjum, we hope to keep the number below 100.

LocoJohnny (Feb 20, 2008 1:14:32 PM)
Regarding keeping you updated on our candidacy, how often is too often to stay in touch?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:15:06 PM)
Loco... use your best judgment. Not every day, and probably not every week.

cassie (Feb 20, 2008 1:15:20 PM)
Are those waitlisted without an interview at a disadvantage to those who have been interviewed?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:15:27 PM)
Cassie, no.

Linda Abraham (Feb 20, 2008 1:15:32 PM)
I would say not more often than when you have something to say, Loco.

Tony (Feb 20, 2008 1:15:45 PM)
What does it say about your chances if you were interviewed and then waitlisted?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:16:14 PM)
Tony, your chances are equal to that of someone who was not interviewed.

quant08 (Feb 20, 2008 1:16:21 PM)
In regard to Sherwin's question: Since a few R1 WL candidates might be accepted during round 2, is there a suggested deadline for submitting additional materials for Round 2?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:17:00 PM)
quant 08, the decision date for r2 is April 7, so about a week before that would be best.

Chris Mather (Feb 20, 2008 1:17:09 PM)
Jennifer, if we feel we could add information that would answer potential questions in the application is it appropriate to submit via email? For example, if one (like say me) wanted to get more specific in certain areas?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:17:53 PM)
Yes, but please be respectful of our time. Nothing too long.

Subu (Feb 20, 2008 1:18:06 PM)
I was waitlisted after being interviewed. Do you offer any feedback that we can address before a final decision is made?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:18:27 PM)
Subu, unfortunately we cannot give feedback to those that were interviewed.

Scott Edinburgh (Feb 20, 2008 1:18:34 PM)
Will a waitlisted candidate be contacted during the process or will this occur only when a decision is made on acceptance to the program?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:19:10 PM)
Scott, sometimes I'll reach out to waitlisted candidates. Especially to invite for an interview or possibly to gain clarification on something.

Chris Mather (Feb 20, 2008 1:19:15 PM)
Ok thanks Jennifer.

gongarda (Feb 20, 2008 1:19:23 PM)
Hi Jennifer, as per the waitlist invitation, waitlisted applicants are not ranked. Then, how does the process work? Each time a vacancy arrives, you scan all waitlisted applications?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:20:59 PM)
Gongarda, vacancies are filled based on the profile of the student who dropped. So if an international woman decided not to accept our offer, we might look for another int'l woman on the wl to fill that spot. Although as time continues, especially into the summer months, we look for people who would 100% accept our offer, and profile is not as important.

TimFisher (Feb 20, 2008 1:21:05 PM)
If we are not accepted from the waitlist this year, will we be able to get feedback on how to strengthen our application if we want to apply again next year?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:21:35 PM)
Tim, no promises. If you were interviewed you might be able to get some advice form your interviewer.

A. Hartman (Feb 20, 2008 1:21:47 PM)
Is there any value to an additional campus visit at this point?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:22:22 PM)
A. Hartman, only if you feel as though you did not show a commitment to the school in your initial application.

VeronicaM (Feb 20, 2008 1:22:34 PM)
I have already submitted a letter of intent to enroll if accepted off the Sloan waitlist. Would it be helpful for me to submit an additional update on my professional and personal accomplishments in early March?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:23:00 PM)
Veronica, only if there is something else to add/tell us about, that you have not already shared.

Brian (Feb 20, 2008 1:23:08 PM)
Hi Jen, where does the line get drawn between keeping Sloan up-to-date on our lives/jobs and annoying you with too many communications?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:23:49 PM)
Brian, use your best judgment. This is all part of the evaluation process.

Daniel Mazor (Feb 20, 2008 1:23:51 PM)
If we applied for a specific program (E&I or LFM), does this affect our approach to advocating for our candidacy?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:24:32 PM)
Daniel, I'm not sure what you're asking. If you are a wl candidate and applied for LFM, you'll still be considered for LFM. Same with E&I.

Brian (Feb 20, 2008 1:25:06 PM)
Is there a capacity for the E&I program and, if so, does that factor into admission decisions?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:25:14 PM)
Giancarlo, not necessarily. You want to be adding information to your file, not just repeating thing that we already have.

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:25:49 PM)
Brian, at this time we have not been given any restrictions for E&I. Although that could change depending on how many people are admitted to E&I in round 2.

Dante Cassanego (Feb 20, 2008 1:25:52 PM)
I really believe that Sloan is the right place for me. How best can I communicate this to the committee? Would it be appropriate to schedule a visit to Sloan?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:26:30 PM)
Dante, just tell us this in an email, explain why it's the right place, using specifics. You do not need to visit.

gongarda (Feb 20, 2008 1:26:42 PM)
The last date MIT provides as decision date is Aug 29th. Does this date take into account visa delays for international applicants or is just a last date from MIT logistics point of view?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:27:23 PM)
Gongarda, actually for international students the last possible date I could take you off the wl would be in early July.

Brian (Feb 20, 2008 1:27:37 PM)
Are there Sloan student ambassadors who were waitlisted themselves and could share their experiences with us?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:28:34 PM)
Brian, yes there are, but everyone has a very different experience with the wl and each year the need/numbers are different, so I'm cautious to have them on a chat like this because there is no "typical" path from wl to admit.

Chris_R (Feb 20, 2008 1:28:51 PM)
It is my understanding that the E&I program is selected in a secondary round of review. When does that round occur? And will waitlisted students be eligible for review if accepted late in the process (say, September 1st as an extreme)?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:29:29 PM)
Chris, it is my understanding that yes, wl candidates can still be considered for E&I, all the way through the end of the summer.

Chris Mather (Feb 20, 2008 1:29:41 PM)
If candidates have additional specifics that might help round out an application (e.g. more details on goals) is it appropriate to send in an email or should we only email new updates.

Brian (Feb 20, 2008 1:30:39 PM)
Are all waitlisted R1 applicants considered for available R2 admission spots?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:30:59 PM)
Chris, details on your goals are good, but our entire evaluation process is based on past performance. We actually don't put too much weight on future goals, because we have evidence that shows most likely those goals will change once you start our program. It is important for you to communicate why MIT Sloan is the best fit for you.

A. Hartman (Feb 20, 2008 1:31:12 PM)
Would all future interviews be on-campus? Or are there still regional options?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:32:01 PM)
A. Hartman, there are still regional options, especially through out the R2 process. After that, I'll figure out travel for interviews based on the geographic spread of where people are.

LocoJohnny (Feb 20, 2008 1:32:04 PM)
Are people on the R1 waitlist bound to the same timeline as those who applied R2? Is it likely to hear anything before the R2 decision date?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:32:48 PM)
Loco, no, round 1 applicants should not expect a decision on the round 2 deadline day. Most likely you will not hear anything until after round 2 decisions are made.

Qwerty (Feb 20, 2008 1:32:52 PM)
If we were to visit the Sloan campus while on the waitlist, would you like to know when we are visiting?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:33:48 PM)
Qwerty, it's not necessary to tell me when you're coming. There's always admissions officers on campus, and if you do visit you're welcome to stop in and say hello. But, we cannot guarantee that someone could meet with you.

Hamid (Feb 20, 2008 1:34:03 PM)
I applied to the E&I program - are E&I waitlisted candidates considered separately from the rest of the waitlisted applicant pool?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:34:23 PM)
Hamid, no E&I candidates are considered the same.

WY Tan (Feb 20, 2008 1:34:27 PM)
As international applicants, if we are not invited for interviews during Round II process, would we still be given a chance to interview in May/June - given the logistical difficulties? Would you conduct phone interviews then?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:35:13 PM)
WY Tan, it depends, we're always traveling, even during the summer. So potentially you could still be interviewed closer to home in May/June.

EMW (Feb 20, 2008 1:35:22 PM)
Jennifer, how early were you able to notify waitlist candidates last year when you realized that the class was full and no waitlist candidates were admitted?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:36:49 PM)
Not until August. Basically we will tell wl candidates that the class is over subscribed (if it is), but we will always keep an active wl up until the end because we need to make sure we have students to fill our spots. Sometimes another school will go to their wl and admit several of our incoming students... if that happens, we need a wl to pull from. Even if it's on Sept. 1.

tina (Feb 20, 2008 1:36:51 PM)
If we are not 100% that we would accept the offer from Sloan, should we take ourselves off the waitlist?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:37:23 PM)
Tina, it's up to you. But if you do decide that you would not accept our offer, please let me know.

Gabriel Ho (Feb 20, 2008 1:37:27 PM)
This is Gabriel. I think I had a bad interview and I would like to meet with you or someone from the Adcom personally. What is usually the best time to visit Sloan?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:38:27 PM)
Gabriel, we cannot meet with you again. We do not schedule second interviews or meetings with wl candidates. If you decide to visit campus, you can stop in our office, but we cannot guarantee that someone can talk to you.

Sherwin (Feb 20, 2008 1:38:37 PM)
Why does Sloan have a waitlist policy that involves a lot of, what seems like, "sucking up"? Why doesn't the school use a more fair process like Wharton's, where applications are reconsidered in the next round?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:39:50 PM)
Sherwin, we don't use a process of "sucking up". We want to allow the candidates on the wl the freedom to update us with anything they find relevant to their candidacy. I'm not aware of how other schools conduct their wl.

Linda Abraham (Feb 20, 2008 1:40:15 PM)
To me this process is not about "sucking up," it's about showing genuine interest. In my mind, while more effort, it is also more fair. It gives you the opportunity to keep the Adcom informed of your latest achievements. It is also a process that requires more effort on the adcom's part and forces them to process more information, invest more in the process of choosing a class, and base their decisions on more complete information.

CL (Feb 20, 2008 1:40:26 PM)
If we are already in a "good" GMAT range (e.g. 700), could we improve our chances by a significantly stronger GMAT score?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:40:55 PM)
Carsten, please do not retake the gmat if your score is 700. The gmat is only one very small piece of what we consider.

Daniel Mazor (Feb 20, 2008 1:41:05 PM)
Can we assume that the admissions committee refers to our application when reading our correspondence, or should we provide context?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:41:33 PM)
Dan, yes we will review the entire application when looking at wl candidates.

Dante Cassanego (Feb 20, 2008 1:41:40 PM)
Hi Jennifer, I am very excited about the E&I program. If I were so fortunate to be accepted, would it still be possible to participate in the program?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:41:55 PM)
Dante, yes, I believe it is still possible.

Chris_R (Feb 20, 2008 1:42:08 PM)
Is there a way for applicants to identify themselves as being willing to be considered for atypical "acceptances" such as an acceptance into the Class of 2011, or an acceptance pending 2 more years of work experience?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:43:31 PM)
Chris, we don't allow for deferrals, so we would not really pursue that. Last year was different, because we could not take anyone off the wl, so we did offer a few people who were on the wl a spot in this year's class. But that is the only time that has happened, and I hope we won't have to do that again this year.

gongarda (Feb 20, 2008 1:44:22 PM)
The proposed decision dates when MIT might offer the WL applicant a place go as far as Aug 29. Does that mean that R1 WL's can be passed to R2 WL? Or are they just dropped? Is there any priority between R1 and R2 WL's?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:45:02 PM)
Gongarda, there's only one wl... we just add to it with round 2 candidates. In the past we've held round 1 wl candidates all the way until Aug. 29.

PierreYves (Feb 20, 2008 1:45:23 PM)
Hi Jennifer, is there value to indicate we would 100% accept your offer at this point ?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:45:38 PM)
Yes, but I'd like to see why.

BIS (Feb 20, 2008 1:45:49 PM)
Hi Jen, thanks for doing this. Would our interviewers be able to tell us what area of our application is weakest-- so we could use an update to comment on that topic? Either way, how can we get in touch with our interviewer? Thanks.

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:46:17 PM)
BIS, we cannot give feedback to waitlisted candidates at this time.

lovesloan (Feb 20, 2008 1:46:37 PM)
Hi Jen, what about international students already in the US? Will the July deadline apply to us as well?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:47:23 PM)
Lovesloan, the problem is we need to allow time for you to get a student visa. If you have a green card, then you could be admitted all the way up until Aug. 29

josh (Feb 20, 2008 1:47:59 PM)
When requesting an additional letter of rec, am I to provide my recommender the same set of questions my original recommenders received? If so, how do I go about acquiring them?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:48:45 PM)
Josh, it's up to you. The recommendation letter questions can be downloaded from our website. But have the letters sent via mbawaitinglist@sloan.mit.edu, not submitted via the online application.

gongarda (Feb 20, 2008 1:48:58 PM)
Jen, if a WL changes her/his goals (or at least its approach to them) during the WL period, I suppose s/he has to update MIT asap. Will this hurt her/his chances to be admitted?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:49:47 PM)
Gongarda, if you think it can help your candidacy we'd like to see it. But not sharing will not hurt your chances.

Gerard (Feb 20, 2008 1:49:54 PM)
Did you receive in 2008 more applications than in 2007?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:50:11 PM)
Gerard, yes, our applications are up by 30%.

Anjum Malik (Feb 20, 2008 1:50:15 PM)
Given your busy schedule, I would imagine that one complete "update" might be preferable to frequent and potentially repetitive correspondences. However, I'm wondering if candidates who reach out with multiple correspondences would be viewed as more interested or committed. Do you have a view on this based on your prior experiences with wait list candidates?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:50:44 PM)
Anjum, thanks for asking this! One update is perfect. You do not need to email once a week.

TimFisher (Feb 20, 2008 1:50:50 PM)
How many total people are going to be accepted into MIT Sloan this year?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:51:09 PM)
Tim, we are looking to have an MBA class of 325 students.

Brian (Feb 20, 2008 1:51:27 PM)
Are MIT-owned housing options still available in May/June, or should those of us looking to move to Boston make alternate plans?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:51:45 PM)
Brian, sometimes. Usually you can find something, but it might not be your 1st choice.

A. Hartman (Feb 20, 2008 1:52:13 PM)
Will there be any future meetings of this sort to clarify this year's particular changes of WL admittances?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:52:43 PM)
A. Hartman I hope to do something similar after we admit people for round 2.

Scott Edinburgh (Feb 20, 2008 1:52:46 PM)
When submitting an additional recommendation, would you prefer a shorter recommendation so as not to bombard you, as opposed to the longer standard form?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:53:15 PM)
Scott, either is fine. If your recommender has a lot to say, then a long letter is fine.

Tony (Feb 20, 2008 1:53:25 PM)
Given that application numbers are up this year, is it likely that this will be another year when few (or zero) people will be admitted off the WL?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:54:10 PM)
Tony, I hope not. We've adjusted the number of people we accept as our yield has increased each year. It just means it is a more competitive year over all.

Linda Abraham (Feb 20, 2008 1:54:15 PM)
What applicant behavior detracts from a waitlisted applicant's chances?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:55:29 PM)
Thanks Linda. If an applicant is disrespectful of our time, that is bad. For example, sending long emails, very frequently, telling me nothing new.

Linda Abraham (Feb 20, 2008 1:55:39 PM)
If a waitlisted applicant stays on the waitlist and doesn’t get accepted this year, does he or she have a better chance when reapplying next year?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:56:00 PM)
Re-applicants are typically very successful in our process.

Anjum Malik (Feb 20, 2008 1:56:05 PM)
You mentioned that applications are up 30% this year. Is the number of seats you're looking to fill (325 in total) higher than it was last year?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:56:26 PM)
Anjum, no the # of seats has stayed the same.

Brian (Feb 20, 2008 1:56:32 PM)
For those of us with significant others, do any significant other oriented events happen over the summer that would be missed due to a late waitlist admission?

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:56:59 PM)
Brian, yes unfortunately, SO events are happening all the time, along with admit events.

Linda Abraham (Feb 20, 2008 1:57:21 PM)
Thank you again all for participating today. Special thanks to Jen for taking the time to virtually meet with you, provide this information, and make this process as transparent and humane as possible.

Linda Abraham (Feb 20, 2008 1:57:27 PM)
Have a very good day! Good luck with your applications!

JenniferBurkeBarbaMIT (Feb 20, 2008 1:57:37 PM)
Thanks Linda!

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