What Should I Do?

<p>Hello, i am a questbridge finalist and admitted applicant to Northwestern (2013)CAS. I got in (33 act, rank 11/850 lots of ec's and all that good stuff). However, my twin, rank 12/850 also a 33 ACT got waitlisted.</p>

<p>Is there any reasoning for this? He had also mainly the same EC's. Do you think our apps weren't read by the same person/ didn't think we were twins?</p>

<p>Is it possible for either me or my guidance counselor to call and ask them to admit my brother? Has NU ever done this before? I really dont want him to be on the waiting list until possibly june, and put a non refundable deposit to another school. Him being on the waitlist also may affect my decision to attend NU.</p>

<p>I am interested in attending school with him because a) I dont mind and b) it makes moving in/ schedules much easier on my parents- just incase anyone comments on that matter.</p>

<p>Personally, I don't think YOU should be doing anything. Of the two, your brother should be the one to explain things. That being said, I highly doubt (as in just about no chance) they will accept him before they hear back from RD admittees. It seems the best you can hope for is that he gets accepted off the waitlist. In order to do this, he should update NU on anything noteworthy that he has done and continue to display interest. In addition to accepting a place on the waitlist, I suggest that he write a letter explaining that NU is his first choice (unless, of course, that is not the case; don't lie unless it's true) and include the reasons why he wants to go, including why he wants to go to the same school as you.</p>

<p>I can't say it's guaranteed. But through my work with international students I am in frequent contact with the admissions office, I suggest your brother get on the waitlist and contact them. As for your guidance counselor, s/he may contact the admissions office, explain the situation, reiterate that your brother wants to be admitted and possibly find out what's the best plan of action for him. Again, even though you have very similar stats, it is unlikely that they will accept him on the stop or even offer to relook at his application. The entire admissions process is very thorough, and they have put a lot of thought and consideration into their decisions. </p>

<p>I wish you and your brother the best. I hope you both will be coming to Evanston in September.</p>

<p>ohh thats a tough situation... i have a twin too and we had one such incident. Your brother can try to talk to the adcoms...idk how effective that will be. Otherwise hope that he gets off the waitlist. Im really sorry...I know being in that situation is terrible. I hope everything works out</p>

<p>Any idea why your brother did not get the same result you did? How different are your other scores? Obviously your essays were different, but what else? Something must be different. I hope something (in addition to essays) was different because if not, it makes the process seem random.</p>

<p>Whatever the situation, you sound like a sensitive brother and I wish you both luck!!</p>

<p>^ thanks for the suggestions so far. Unfortunately, there is almost no difference as far as scores. My AP scores were USH: 5, AP ENG LANG: 4 and AP PSYCHOlogy :5. He took the same tests and had all 5's... </p>

<p>As far as SAT 2's: mine were Chem: 730, USH: 790: Math 2 : 710. His were Chem :700, USH: 800, Math 2: 710. </p>

<p>He had a "5" on an Ap english while i had a 4, 10 points higher on sat USH, and 30 pts lower on sat II chem.. so theres really no difference...</p>

<p>Did you both apply to the same school and talk about the same things in your essays? Do you have the same extracurriculars, interests, aspirations? Your applications were undoubtedly different in some ways, but qualitative or even quantitative differences don't necessarily give any indication of who will be admitted. As was the case with you two, almost identical profiles led to two different outcomes... All I can say is college admissions is a crapshoot - as my mother says, they likely narrow it down and then just throw darts. </p>

<p>Again, I wish you and your brother the best!</p>

<p>We both applied to the college of arts and sciences, and our essays were completely different (we made sure of that). Yes we both had plans in chemistry but were not completely certain. Do you think that the admissions committee would be more inclined to take him of the wait list because of the situation, or it has no weight?</p>

<p>What are your brother's other options? Perhaps he was accepted to another school that appeals to him as well? </p>

<p>As a twin, myself, I think a little space to blossom and grow away from your twin can be a good thing and it brought my twin and me closer as adults. </p>

<p>I guess I would discuss with HIM how much he really wants NW and consider all his options as well as follow some of the good advice above.</p>

<p>For what it is worth, I read somewhere--can't remember where-maybe on CC somewhere?-an interview with an admissions counselor who said that they tag applications from twins and do try to make sure they have consistent results. Not only to be nice to twins, but because,in theory, their process should lead to consistent results. Perhaps Northwestern feels the same and your brother fell through the cracks. Definitely makes sense to have him contact the office and delicately let them know that your twin is in.</p>

<p>Same exact thing happened to me and my twin. Your brother should call the admissions office and explain what happened and ask if there is any chance for admission. In our situation the college said they were over enrolled and took the other twin for spring semester.</p>

<p>I hope this doesn't affect your decision to attend, especially because of your plans in chemistry. As a rising senior chemistry major, I really hope you decide to attend. If you have any questions about the chemistry department, feel free to let me know.</p>

<p>Awwww! The problem probably lays (lies?) in the essays or recommendation. This is so tough. But I think if you and your twin call and explain how his waitlist status might affect your college decision, they will understand. Hopefully, they will admit him off the waiting list or list him as a priority candidate or something. Good luck! Again, this is SO tough!</p>

<p>thank you all for all the helpful advice. Fortunately, I don't think we will be making any calls, for we were both just accepted at other schools that we would be both thrilled to attend. Giving up Northwestern, nonetheless, is always hard.</p>

<p>I'm sorry NU didn't accept your twin brother. You have fine choices though. Best of luck!</p>

<p>thank you liontreelion and everyone in the NU community!</p>