The Waiting Game

A quick rundown of some B-schools' policies for waitlisted applicants

The amount of contact a B-school wants and expects to have with waitlisted applicants can vary significantly by school. While some maintain a strict "wait and see" policy, others invite additional information that might strengthen an applicant's candidacy or confirm continued interest in attending. The number of students added to and accepted from the waitlist can also vary significantly from school to school and year to year, depending on a variety of factors including application volume and yield.

SCHOOL ADD'L MATERIALS POLICY FEEDBACK PROVIDED WAITLISTED LAST YEAR ACCEPTED OFF WAITLIST
Berkeley (Haas) Encourages No 11% 41%
Carnegie Mellon (Tepper) Encourages No 11% 18%
Chicago Encourages No NA 42%
Columbia Encourages Yes NA NA
Harvard Does not accept No NA 0%
Michigan (Ross) Accepts some No 13% 26%
MIT (Sloan) Encourages No 5% 33%
Penn (Wharton) Does not accept No NA NA
UCLA (Anderson) Accepts some No 11% 29%
Virginia (Darden) Encourages No NA NA
WashU (Olin) Encourages Yes 18% 26%
Yale Accepts some Yes NA NA