Earlier this week, the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business sent out interview invitations to Round 1 applicants, and MBA admissions director Soojin Kwon posted information on her blog for applicants who did not yet receive a coveted invitation.
If you have been waitlisted, this means your application will receive further consideration against the pool of Round 2 candidates. Now, as for why you may have been waitlisted, this is what Kwon has to say.
“Here are the two most common reasons for being waitlisted: (1) your academic record wasn’t as competitive as other applicants whose experience or background was similar to yours; (2) your work experience wasn’t as strong as others in the pool (in terms of what you’ve accomplished to date). If the reason is #1, there’s opportunity to do something about it (i.e., retake the GMAT or GRE). If it’s #2, there’s not much you can do other than wait to see how you stack up in the Round 2 pool.”
The admissions director also notes that this is the second consecutive year Ross has seen an increase in applications, as well as an increase in interview invitations for both U.S. and international applicants.
“The pool was strong, so we wanted a chance to meet more candidates and evaluate their experience and fit in person,” Kwon explains.
Although the waitlist isn’t an ideal place to be, those who find themselves in this position should take heart: schools offer admission to applicants on the waitlist every year, and it means your application was strong enough to merit further consideration. This is good!