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Harvard Class of 2023 Waitlisted Discussion

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Replies to: Harvard Class of 2023 Waitlisted Discussion

  • jzducoljzducol Registered User Posts: 716 Member
    ^ You have already been admitted, albeit on the waitlist. As such, there will not be another committee session where 40 people meet and compare different candidates records and vote. It all boils down to how they want the freshman class to look like. If they want more high stats kids they would have done that in the first go around.

    The good news is that if last year's pattern holds there would be a few dozen admits coming off the waitlist. Just make sure your phone does not block any number from 617 area code. If they cannot reach you in time it will go to the next candidate. Best of luck.
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 42,917 Super Moderator
    Will admissions call you if you did not get off the WL?
    No. At some point, they will just say that they will be taking nobody else from the WL.
    do people who get off the WL get a phone call earlier (say mid-May), than those who don't get off (say mid-June)?
    People can come off the WL at any time after May 1; there is no set date. If they are taken off the WL,they will be contacted right away.
    source? weird to think that stats don't matter
    It's not that the stats don't matter; it's that they don't matter at this point. Just getting on the WL means they think your stats are strong enough to succeed at Harvard,but at this point, they are just rounding out the class with what they need/want.
  • LincolnsGFLincolnsGF Registered User Posts: 166 Junior Member
    @skieurope Is it true that if admissions can't reach you on time, they go to the next candidate? How many times will they call you (or how much time will they give you to call back) before they move on to the next person?
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 42,917 Super Moderator
    edited April 2
    Is it true that if admissions can't reach you on time, they go to the next candidate?
    No. They will try all the phone numbers and emails on file, including those of your parents, and give a reasonable amount of time to respond, before they move on.

    That said, if you know you're going to be in the Amazon rainforest with no cell reception for an extended period of time, your outgoing message should reflect that.
  • LincolnsGFLincolnsGF Registered User Posts: 166 Junior Member
    I noticed that the only three people who got waitlisted to Harvard from my school didn't get into any other Ivy or Ivy+ schools. While those who did get into Ivy and Ivy+ schools got straight up rejected from Harvard. I know that admissions aren't black and white, but does Harvard typically waitlist less-qualified/non-ivy-bound applicants?
  • JustLetMeInPlzJustLetMeInPlz Registered User Posts: 42 Junior Member
    @LincolnsGF What does Ivy+ mean?
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 42,917 Super Moderator
    does Harvard typically waitlist less-qualified/non-ivy-bound applicants?
    I'm not really understanding the question. Harvard typically only waitlists qualified applicants. They may (and this is purely supposition, since they won't say) WL less-than-qualified legacies as a soft reject.
    What does Ivy+ mean?
    I interpreted it as peer schools - MIT, Stanford, etc.
  • pandi2023pandi2023 Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    Hi where (email address) we send the LOCI to? thanks
  • hgrad2010hgrad2010 Registered User Posts: 133 Junior Member
    Yeah I would just echo what @jzducol and @skieurope have said. I'm an interviewer and the head of our local interviewing committee explained to us that Harvard doesn't have a ranking of waitlisted candidates--they just have different profiles of students they would like to swap in should one defect. As a result, Harvard has a rather large waitlist to cover their bases.

  • LincolnsGFLincolnsGF Registered User Posts: 166 Junior Member
    Is it best to email the LOCI to admissions or upload it to the additional materials link provided for waitlisted applicants?
  • gibbygibby Registered User Posts: 10,751 Senior Member
    It's best to follow directions, meaning you should upload the additional materials to the link provided for waitlisted applicants.
  • ibanker38ibanker38 Registered User Posts: 92 Junior Member
    Does harvard read every waitlist LOCI?
  • gibbygibby Registered User Posts: 10,751 Senior Member
    edited April 9
    Admissions has spent the last five months creating a class, meaning they have balanced the number of men and women, admitted students from each state, taken EC's into account to makes sure the orchestra has enough tuba players etc.

    To maintain the balance created, when a student turns Harvard down, Admissions goes to their waitlist to find a "like kind" replacement. For example, if a student who plays the violin turns them down, Admissions is going to search their waitlist for violin players. If you're not a violin player then chances are you won't be pulled off the waitlist for that slot and your LOCI will not be read. But it might be read if you are a "like-kind" replacement for another student's slot.
  • bertieprcbertieprc Registered User Posts: 23 Junior Member
    does your potential major factor into the balancing @gibby
  • gibbygibby Registered User Posts: 10,751 Senior Member
    ^^ No. Yes. Possibly. Who knows. Admissions is anything but transparent.
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