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Chances of Getting Off the Waitlist


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Hey guys!

So I already know there are tons of topics based on this subject, but I'd love y'all's input on my situation!

I've been accepted into Bush and SPEA, but wait listed at LBJ and Batten (two of my top picks). What do you think the likelihood is for someone getting off those wait lists (or any wait list in public policy)?

I'd love to attend UVa or UT, but I'm wondering if I should accept Bush or SPEA in anticipation of a rejection.

A little background: I'm straight out or undergrad, but have a strong upper division/last 60 GPA (which is what LBJ says they care about), and decently good GRE scores. I also have about a year of relevant work experience and national-level work for a political party. I'm also a Texas resident, which kinda dissuades me from SPEA's exorbitant costs.

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Why not ask them? Tell them the specifics of your situation, that you want to go to their school, but would accept other offers if there's not really any chance of you getting in. Showing interest isn't going to hurt your chances, and you might get sufficient clarification from the schools to make your decision. 

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Why not ask them? Tell them the specifics of your situation, that you want to go to their school, but would accept other offers if there's not really any chance of you getting in. Showing interest isn't going to hurt your chances, and you might get sufficient clarification from the schools to make your decision. 

Thanks for the advice!

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