I'm on the waitlist - now what?


What should I expect from the waitlist/waitpool in 2021?

This year continues to be different in so many ways. Several schools have a full class for Fall 2021, however given the unusual times (i.e. India’s COVID outbreak, strong job market leading to job promotions for several successful candidates), many schools are unclear how many students will actually matriculate in just a few months’ time. While there are fewer extended deadlines than in Spring 2020, there are larger-than-usual waitlists/waitpools.


What does this mean for you?

In a nutshell, waiting patiently.


Given the continued uncertainty, we expect schools to continue to evaluated waitlisted candidates long into the summer. Some candidates may even get a phone call a few days after a program starts. That’s because there is a chance some students don’t show up, opening new spots after the first tuition payment deadline. We expect that patience will be rewarded.


How will this uncertainty impact my MBA application?

If admitted off the waitlist during the summer, you may have to scramble a bit to move and catch up on some of the academic material. However, you may be surrounded by higher-quality classmates. Top schools have deep applicant pools, and in normal years can fill their classes many times over with qualified candidates. However, the students who are patient off waitlists will likely be more resourceful, more eager to achieve their goals, and more creative in how they use their MBAs to change the world. They will be exactly the people you want as classmates!


What am I supposed to do now?

The evolving waitlist should not stop you from communicating with your admissions contacts, continuing to grow professiona