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Two Questions about WUStLove

getup01getup01 Registered User Posts: 91 Junior Member
I am a high school senior and will apply to washu. I heard that people who are "well qualified" are waitlisted frequently, and that one must show a lot of interest in washu to not get waitlisted. I am wondering how to show interest besides for the mailing list and interview (i dont want to be a stalker tho).

Also, I cant find any info on washu's core classes. Do they even have any?
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Replies to: Two Questions about WUStLove

  • wustl11!wustl11! Registered User Posts: 25 New Member
    applying early decision is your best bet.
  • mich_GIRL88mich_GIRL88 Registered User Posts: 164 Junior Member
    washu is incredibly random. i got in with less than stellar stats on top of not sending in an application fee and missing midyear reports (regular decision). i applied business tho and i heard some people say that its easier to get in if you pick business as ur number one major. of course if bschool isn't for you, you can switch to the liberal arts just as easily.
  • mapmap Registered User Posts: 322 Member
    Although they have no supplement requesting this, writing a "Why WashU?" essay might be a good idea. Not only will doing so give you an opportunity to express your interest and enthusiasm, but it can also assist the admissions office if you point out specific reasons why you think you and WashU are a good match.
  • missmollymissmolly Registered User Posts: 381 Member
    My S was well qualified and he got in regular decision. I resent the notion that Wash U waitlists "well qualified" candidates. I believe that Wash U receives an overload of well qualified applicants and has to waitlist some of them.
  • jazzymomjazzymom Registered User Posts: 3,676 Senior Member
    With any highly selective college, showing interest is not just going for a visit and interviewing. It's important to show that you've researched the school, its academic programs, its special offerings, its "culture" and traditions and try to convey why the college is a good match for you and vice versa ---- what you have that dovetails with what that college wants in a student.

    Obviously, a college trying to build up certain programs will be looking for students strong in those areas. Maybe engineering is looking for students who are interested in the study abroad program in China or the humanities department wants more students interested in a specific language. Find out about the university's unique integrated programs or research and then describe the kind of double major you would pursue at Washu. IMO, that's the "interest" the adcoms want to see.

    I doubt admissions are "random." Some really qualified applicants are waitlisted; some aren't (S was NMS, 35 ACT, top 2 percent in GPA in h.s. admitted RD). No one can pinpoint why certain decisions are made without the entire app in hand --- not only the student's stats and interest area, but the h.s. location and status (bec gc can make a difference), the parent's education status and ability to pay (it is a private uni), student's ethnic background and gender, what personal qualities or obstacles overcome on the app might have caught the adcom officers' attention.

    And then you have to be able to compare that app with the 20,000 other apps that came in and the needs of the university for that particular admission cycle. You need a lot more information to know why admissions went the way they did in any one year.
  • getup01getup01 Registered User Posts: 91 Junior Member
    thank you all very much. I have researched WashU a lot, and it may even be my first choice, regardless of what other schools i get accepted into. The only problem is that i don't have an admissions officer standing over me, watching me research. I love the programs, research opportunities, and environment that it has to offer, so I dont want to be just waitlisted. I hope you guys know where I'm coming from.

    Two more questions: If I apply ED, will I receive any financial aid? and Does anyone know about the PNP program (I want to premed with it also)?
  • jazzymomjazzymom Registered User Posts: 3,676 Senior Member
    Go ahead and email your ED question to admissions. It's not going to affect your application and it does show interest. You can also send an email to the College of A & S and ask them to send you the brochure they have that's specifically about PNP. Again, interest shown. Also, go to the washu forum and click on forum search and then do a search for threads or posts using "pnp." There are some threads with recent discussions.
  • dchow08dchow08 Registered User Posts: 3,267 Senior Member
    A quick question--would you classify students at WashU to be really intellectual, or more mainstream?
  • getup01getup01 Registered User Posts: 91 Junior Member
    wow jazzy mom. thank you.
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