VMI Wait List

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  1. Gen_214

    Gen_214 New Member

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    Hey everyone, I applied early decision to VMI and got differed and then rolled over to regular admissions and got put on the wait list from that. I was just wondering if anyone had any friends who were wait listed and did/didn't get in or is o nthe wait list now. Thanks.
     
  2. Lawman32RPD

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    I am sorry. While my information is a year old, as I recall the information available on the college data website, individuals on the VMI waitlist are unlikely to gain admission. It isn't impossible, but it is unlikely. Our son was waitlisted and ultimately withdrew his application. His best friend was waitlisted and did gain admission to VMI in the end. As I recall our son's letter it ended with the phrase "you should make other plans", which was, while blunt, important guidance to receive. You may wish to consider writing to the Director of Admissions explaining why you feel you are a good candidate for admission from the waitlist. Because I knew our son's friend well from six years in Boy Scouts I took it upon myself to write a letter on his behalf (without his knowledge, or that of his father, a VMI alum) explaining in detail why I believed his friend was a good candidate for VMI. I couldn't begin to tell you if that is why he was admitted from the waitlist, but he was. Now, that admission didn't come until summer, too late for the summer program that some prospective Rats participate in. If you choose to advocate for yourself on your behalf (and I haven't got a clue if that is a good idea or not) be specific. Using the college data website (collegedata.com, type in "freshman profile virginia military institute to a search engine) or other objective information (such as admissions.vmi.edu and look for profile of the class) and compare and contrast yourself to other candidates. Explain why you think you are a good candidate for very small handful of waitlisted slots. Hyperbole, and entreats along the line of "but I really really wanna...." are unlikely to be successful. In successfully defending the British soldiers accused in the Boston Massacre their lawyer John Adams (later President Adams) used the phrase that "Facts are stubborn things, and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of the facts and the evidence" (or words to that effect). I usually truncate that to "Facts trump Advocacy (well, most of the time anyway). So, explain, using facts, why you should be admitted and explicitly and honestly address the issues you know about that caused the Institute to place you on a waitlist (grades, standardized test scores, attendance problems, you've likely got a good idea why). Similarly, if someone writes on your behalf, they should explain in detail why you are a good candidate. Lastly, you too should make other plans. Please know that there are many paths to the top of the mountain; it might entail doing well at a community college for a year and reapply to the Institute, it might entail enlistment and then college, it might entail going to a military junior college (New Mexico Military Institute, Valley Forge, there are others, not endorsing or advocating for one over another), it might entail applying to the other Senior Military Colleges next year after a year of work and/or study at another college or community college, it might entail ROTC at a different institution, etc. As Pop told me many years ago it's hard to know when it is happening if it is a good break or a bad break until years later. Our son ended up A&M in the Corps there and he is happy and doing well. His friend is doing well at VMI and has now finished the Ratline. I promise, it'll work out. I wish you Godspeed and all the best wherever the future takes you.
     
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    I'm curious, when did you find out you were waitlisted? My DS applied for ED and is still waiting. I will second what Lawman said. If you are wanting to become an officer, there are many different roads to the same destination. I have worked with officers who received their appointments from all sources: USMA, SMCs, ROTC and OCS (direct appointments are a little different). All sources produce fine officers.
     
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    My son applied for regular decision. Once he had everything submitted he received his acceptance within a couple of weeks.
     
  5. Yuri

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    You still have a shot! I was waitlisted for regular decision back in December or January (can't remember) do to low sat scores(1470 to be exact). I just received my offer of appointment Tuesday! I BELIEVE I read online that 17% of last years class was weight listed. Again, I'm not positive on that number. Regardless, don't close the door on yourself when you have a chance!
     
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    I just received my wait list letter today by mail. When do the admissions counselors send applicants their second decision? Will I hear back by the end of May?
     
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    What VMI's recommended GPA? A friend's daughter was waitlisted at JMU for having 3.7 instead of 4.0....
     
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    Does anybody know the rate of applicants who were wait listed? Because the letter said they only accept 10% of wait listed applicants.
     
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    According to collegeboard, 150 students were wait listed last year, and 15 were accepted from that list.
     
  12. Johncitocastillo

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    That sound like it's extremely competitive to be placed out of the waiting list. It's sort of like applying to an Ivy League school.
     
  13. Bozo

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    I was wait listed in early February of this year. I received an offer of appointment in the mail just two days ago.

    Despite my absolute joy of being offered (I was 216 out of 300 something on the wait list) I've ultimately decided to go to the Citadel as I feel it has a better computer science program.

    Don't give up hope bro!
     
  14. Johncitocastillo

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    Congratulations! But my question is...How did you get wait listed then being offered of appointment 2 days later? Don't they look back on the waitlist ing applicants sometimes in May (if they have some slots tonopen for those applicants)?
     
  15. Bozo

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    I wasn't offered an appointment two days later, lol. I recieved an offer of appointment two days ago. My wait listed letter was recieved in early February, so two months went by before I was notified of my acceptance. The actual date on the admission form said it was decided on March 26th.

    I believe they go down the list, marking down the individuals who show the most interest. A lot of applicants this year are wait listed apparently, with the majority of those being taken off having some years in sports, class officer positions, and having also submitted the optional alumni interview and essay.
     
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    That's strange because one of the admissions counselors told me they don't look at the waitlisted applicants until sometimes in May.
     
  17. Johncitocastillo

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    Did you apply for early decision or regular decision or did you apply twice this year? Perhaps you are confused with being deferred from early decision and you were asked to re apply for regular decision. Then they found that you were good enough to be offered for appointment and that is why they accepted you this week.
     
  18. Cav

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    I think you are right. The regular decisions were supposed to be wrapped up by the end of March. The paperwork to reserve a spot is due by 1 May. I believe they start pulling from the waitlist after that.
     
  19. Gen_214

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    Congrats, how did you know the numbers of the wait list. Did you ask?
     
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    Communicating your 'intent to attend if accepted' with the admissions office may assist in the process.
    --Good Luck!
     

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