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Waitlisted at Washington St. Louis

nephistonephisto Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
I was waitlisted at Washington St. Louis, but I'm confused because I was selected as an Emory Scholar Finalist and an A. B Duke Scholar finalist-- shouldn't that mean that my application is competitive enough for WUSTL? I would say my (one) essay for WashU was of similar caliber to the essays I wrote for WUSTL & Emory. Does this mean that my chances are slim for other Ivies, esp. HYPS?

Replies to: Waitlisted at Washington St. Louis

  • privatebankerprivatebanker Registered User Posts: 3,021 Senior Member
    edited March 15
    No, it means you are an amazing student with great options at two of the finest schools on the planet earth.

    HPYS offer slim odds to all. You are probably more competitive than most. But odds are slim.

    And wash U, like many other highly selective schools have too many great kids for spots available.

    And the Duke and Emory people are not looking for the same things as Wash U.

    Congrats on the success so far.
  • HamurtleHamurtle Registered User Posts: 1,837 Senior Member
    Being waitlisted isn’t the end of the world. And if you have Duke or Emory acceptance in hand, I would honestly not worry about WashU.

    Perhaps WashU sensed a lack of perceived interest. Don’t try to second guess or analyze things.
  • nephistonephisto Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    Thanks guys. Just got waitlisted at JHU and UChicago as well, I guess my application wasn't as competitive as I thought.
  • giantoctopusgiantoctopus Registered User Posts: 129 Junior Member
    what was your whole list?
  • nephistonephisto Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    UCs: UCSD, Davis, UCLA, Berkeley
    All Ivies except Dartmouth
    MIT (rejected)
    JHU (waitlisted)
    WashU (waitlisted)
    UChicago (waitlisted)
    Duke (likely letter- A.B. Duke scholar finalist)
    Emory (likely letter- Emory University Scholar finalist)
    Stanford
    Case Western Reserve
    Northeastern (likely letter- accepted full ride)
    Northwestern
    Vanderbilt
    Univ. North Texas (accepted full ride)
    Virginia Commonwealth University (accepted full ride)
  • HamurtleHamurtle Registered User Posts: 1,837 Senior Member
    Are you in-state or OOS for the UCs?
  • nephistonephisto Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
  • HiToWaMomHiToWaMom Registered User Posts: 1,313 Senior Member
    Just got waitlisted at JHU and UChicago as well, I guess my application wasn't as competitive as I thought.
    Your application WAS competitive!! That's why you got those great likely letters!! It was just that JHU and UChicago wanted someone else. That's all. Different schools want different students!
  • HamurtleHamurtle Registered User Posts: 1,837 Senior Member
    OOS for UCs means paying 65,000 with no aid.
  • nephistonephisto Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    thanks, i'm aware. our efc is pretty high, we aren't going to get great aid anywhere
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