I have heard that if, by some act of God, a candidate is accepted at a school from the waitlist, he or she has only a very brief timeframe in which to accept or reject the school's offer, on the order of 24 hours, if that.
However, what if a student (like me) is waitlisted by two or more of his top choice school that report waiting list admissions at different times? If he gets accepted by his #2 choice but still hasn't heard from his #1 choice because they call the following week, does he have any options? It seems like a paradox to me.
I ask because I was waitlisted by both Middlebury and Amherst and want to try to get into both, only they report wait list admissions at slightly different times, Middlebury (my #1) coming after Amherst (my #2). Something tells me the admissions officer from Amherst won't be too understanding if I ask for a bit of time to consider my options.
Am I potentially sticking myself between a rock and a hard place?