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The wait list at Laurier is open until July 31.  You may or may not hear any time until then.  Definitely not necessarily a few days to a few weeks.  You will only hear if a spot opens up in the program.  Laurier has 28 spots in the program and they keep a waitlist of about 30 spots.  So obviously not everone, or even a large majority of people, will get off the wait list.  There is usually some movement but no guarantees.

 

I am also waitlisted at Laurier but I will be removing myself from the list because I will be attending UofT.

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I wonder if all schools have the same window of time for their wait list. It is killing me. I have yet to be accepted anywhere and I don't know what to do. I also read that theres only a 28% chance of getting off a wait list in general. Is there anyway to find out if anyone declined a spot at my top choice? Any advice is appreciated.

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I wonder if all schools have the same window of time for their wait list. It is killing me. I have yet to be accepted anywhere and I don't know what to do. I also read that theres only a 28% chance of getting off a wait list in general. Is there anyway to find out if anyone declined a spot at my top choice? Any advice is appreciated.

Nope, it varies by school/program.  The good news is that being wait listed is not an automatic denial, of course, and that it might give the applicant a chance to do something to strengthen their application.  I'd get in touch with the program and ask when I could reasonably expect a decision and if there is anything I can do in the meantime (to add to my application.  More letters of recommendation?).  And as always, be 100% professional. 

 

As for finding out who declined...I dunno.  Maybe there is a Facebook page/group, Google+ group, and the like.  You can always start a thread here at GradCafe, too. 

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Thank you for the advice. I am glad it was not an instant denial. I did contact the department but unfortunately I received a generic " wait and see" response in return. I guess it is time to start filling out new apps.

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