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I JUST GOT ACCEPTED TO BOSTON COLLEGE! I'm crying so hard. I'm so thankful and in disbelief, I've been shaking since I got the email. I'll be emailing shortly to take myself off of the UConn waitlist

Just got an email that I'm now at the top of the waitlist at Boston College. Fingers crossed! I'd love to see a five + year dream/goal achieved and never have to go through an admissions cycle again 🙃

Guys!!! I am in at UT-Austin!!!I cannot CANNOT CANNOT believe

Hello everyone! I am a long time lurker and first time poster to the forum. I decided to create a profile and join in on the discussion because there seems to be an influx of waitlisted applicants this season, myself included. I applied to Northeastern's PhD program in English, but was placed on the waitlist, which has been rather difficult to accept since this program is my first and only choice. The purgatory comparison is accurate, ha ha.

It is nice to meet you all! 🙂 

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Hi everyone! As you can probably see, I'm currently waitlisted at BC and UConn, and hoping to at least be waitlisted at Notre Dame. My top choice is Notre Dame followed closely by BC (both have been my absolute dream programs for years) I primarily do 20th century Irish lit and identity studies. I do like (or hope) to think that there's a chance for a lot of us! Many people get accepted to more than one program but can only choose one, obviously, which ends up normally creating at least some movement. 

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Just now, Rehana202 said:

Hey all! Waitlisted at UVA, UNC Chapel    Hill, Loyola Chicago and Rutgers. @arrowseeker, Rutgers is my #1, Af. American lit focus. Wonder if there’s any chance for us in a year like this...

I'm anxious about it too. The DGS indicated there has been no medieval acceptance because of reduced cohort size this year, which makes me wonder in vain how it might have been for all of us if it weren't for the COVID 🤣 Fingers crossed!

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I'm on the waitlist at Ohio State, and although not my top choice (who I'm still waiting on), it's an extremely close second! And I agree with @Rehana202, my waitlist email essentially said under normal circumstances I would have gotten an offer. The thing that stresses me out is it's not ordered, it's dependent on who turns them down, so I'm desperately crossing my fingers that a Rhet/Comp PhD acceptance gets a better offer somewhere else.

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I’m on the waitlist at UVA. It’s my top choice, so my fingers are crossed for movement—though this year has been so unpredictable I think I’ve decided to go into the wait period self-protectively, and assume the worst. I work mostly on the 19th century novel, queer studies, and—even more specifically—Henry James! 

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7 hours ago, Emailchecker said:

Hi waitlisters and stress warriors! I am currently waitlisted at WUSTL--I would really appreciate if the offer holders also have other offers lol

If there are any tactics to increase the waitlister's odds, let's talk about them

I've mostly heard people on this forum saying that you don't need to do anything for waitlist emails other than let them know you're still interested in the program, but I did do something a little different last year when I was waitlisted for UVA (albeit, I was still eventually rejected so take my advice with a grain of salt). Per my professor's advice, I used the waitlisted email as an opportunity to share with the DGS what I was able to accomplish in the time since turning in my application. I wouldn't necessarily do that for little things, but during the couple month period in which my application was being considered I had been nominated for a prestigious award at my university. If you've gotten a big award or have been accepted for a publication and it's not included in your application, I would definitely take the waitlist email as an opportunity to share that achievement. Worst case, it does nothing. Best case, it could move you a couple of spots up the waitlist! 

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Hi everyone! Here's another lurker that after being placed on waitlist by her top choice university thought it was a good idea to come here to bond over our shared suffering 😂 It's going to be something else, this March.

I got a message from Temple University today and it turns out I have been accepted, but without funding. I wonder if there's any other person in my situation around here or if someone intends to decline an offer from them. Best of luck for your out there who are still hoping for the best! 🌠

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13 hours ago, Literary_H3art_313 said:

Hello everyone! I am a long time lurker and first time poster to the forum. I decided to create a profile and join in on the discussion because there seems to be an influx of waitlisted applicants this season, myself included. I applied to Northeastern's PhD program in English, but was placed on the waitlist, which has been rather difficult to accept since this program is my first and only choice. The purgatory comparison is accurate, ha ha.

It is nice to meet you all! 🙂 

13 hours ago, cassidyaxx said:

Hi everyone! As you can probably see, I'm currently waitlisted at BC and UConn, and hoping to at least be waitlisted at Notre Dame. My top choice is Notre Dame followed closely by BC (both have been my absolute dream programs for years) I primarily do 20th century Irish lit and identity studies. I do like (or hope) to think that there's a chance for a lot of us! Many people get accepted to more than one program but can only choose one, obviously, which ends up normally creating at least some movement. 

12 hours ago, isabelxarcher said:

I’m on the waitlist at UVA. It’s my top choice, so my fingers are crossed for movement—though this year has been so unpredictable I think I’ve decided to go into the wait period self-protectively, and assume the worst. I work mostly on the 19th century novel, queer studies, and—even more specifically—Henry James! 

Hang in there! In my cycle, I got into my top choice off the waitlist. 🙂 These things happen! 

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10 hours ago, onerepublic96 said:

I got into my top choice off the waitlist. 🙂 These things happen! 

Thank you!! This makes me feel a whole lot better :) one of my friends was waitlisted at FIVE programs during her cycle, no acceptances, and she got off of four of those waitlists! So never give up until the very end, people.

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3 hours ago, cassidyaxx said:

Thank you!! This makes me feel a whole lot better :) one of my friends was waitlisted at FIVE programs during her cycle, no acceptances, and she got off of four of those waitlists! So never give up until the very end, people.

In my application year, we were actually able to track wait-list movement in our version of this thread.  Someone who was admitted to Indiana got in off a waitlist at her top choice.  Her spot at IU then went to someone who had been admitted to U of Rochester, and that person's U of R spot went to me.  We saw all of that movement happen from like April 11th-13th.  The wait is agonizing, but don't give up.  The departments are hamstrung until they hear from the people who received initial offers, and those people might be waiting on their own waitlists.  A LOT of movement happens in early April, usually.

 

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Wishing everyone the best of luck! It does seem like a lot of people end up in the situation @Tybalt is talking about, where movement doesn't really happen until the 11th hour. Does anyone have any insight on how many people usually get put on waitlists? I assume it depends on cohort size and other factors. Also, it seems there is quite a bit of variation in terms of how people get notified of being on a waitlist: people receiving calls, emails, or finding out on their own by contacting the school Wondering if any of this matters. Just thinking out loud. 

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1 hour ago, Rehana202 said:

Does anyone have any insight on how many people usually get put on waitlists? I assume it depends on cohort size and other factors. Also, it seems there is quite a bit of variation in terms of how people get notified of being on a waitlist: people receiving calls, emails, or finding out on their own by contacting the school Wondering if any of this matters. Just thinking out loud. 

Different departments at different schools have their own procedures. How you're contacted doesn't matter. People might even be contacted in ways that are different than in the past because of COVID. Some schools rank their waitlists regardless of field. Some do it specifically by proposed sub-field. I think it is sometimes helpful to remember that being on a waitlist already means the school is interested in your work.

Some schools might have a very small waitlist because they accept 1.5-3x as many people as they have spots for. Some schools might waitlist as many people as they have spots for. Some schools waitlist 2-3x as many people as they accept. Some schools might also have a "hidden" waitlist. Some schools might not ever get to their waitlist. The number of available spots might also depend on if they had an unexpected amount of people accept or reject their offer in the previous year(s).

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I am legit losing my mind waiting to hear back. I have to read two novels, read three critical articles, grade about 100 assignments, and write multiple response posts by Monday and yet all I can do is refresh my email while looking at tiktoks.

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1 hour ago, Warelin said:

Different departments at different schools have their own procedures. How you're contacted doesn't matter. People might even be contacted in ways that are different than in the past because of COVID. Some schools rank their waitlists regardless of field. Some do it specifically by proposed sub-field. I think it is sometimes helpful to remember that being on a waitlist already means the school is interested in your work.

Some schools might have a very small waitlist because they accept 1.5-3x as many people as they have spots for. Some schools might waitlist as many people as they have spots for. Some schools waitlist 2-3x as many people as they accept. Some schools might also have a "hidden" waitlist. Some schools might not ever get to their waitlist. The number of available spots might also depend on if they had an unexpected amount of people accept or reject their offer in the previous year(s).

Thank you for this! It does seem to be very school-specific, which just makes it all more confusing...does anyone have any insight on Rutgers waitlist process, specifically?

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