"I've Been Waitlisted! Now What?" [Ep. 18]

admissions podcast Mar 11, 2020

Being put on the waitlist at your dream school isn't ideal.

You were hoping to be accepted outright, after all.

But it's not a death knell, either.

Plenty of people are accepted off the waitlist each year, and there's no reason you can't be one of them. In fact, there are a lot of practical, actionable things you can do to increase your chances of getting off the waitlist in a favorable way -- and Hillary Schubach of Shine MBA Admissions Consulting is here to break them down for you.

Listen to our conversation on The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:


In this episode we discuss:

  • How to think about the waitlist, and what it means from the admissions committee's perspective
  • Whether you're more/less likely to be waitlisted if you apply Round 1 vs. later rounds
  • What to do in the week immediately after finding out that you've been waitlisted
  • The #1 thing you should emphasize in your first correspondence with the school(s)
  • When and how often to communicate with the admissions committee during the waitlist period
  • Strategies for improving your profile so that schools want to select you off the waitlist
  • What to do if you find out you've been accepted off the waitlist
  • What to do if you find out you haven't been accepted off the waitlist
  • Tips for avoiding being put on the waitlist in the first place
  • And more!

By the end of this week's show you'll have a more optimistic view of the waitlist and know exactly how to proceed should you find yourself on it.

Let's get you accepted!


  1. Summary tips for Getting Off the MBA Waitlist from the Shine Blog
  2. Connect with Hillary: http://shineadmissions.com/contact/
  3. Connect with Dominate Test Prep: https://www.dominatetestprep.com/pages/contact-us


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