How to Get Off Waiting List?

How to Get Off Waiting List?
How to Get Off Waiting List?–荣生留学 最新资讯 2015


First of all, be realistic — as our previous article explains, the majority of students never get off the list. Most years less than a third of wait-listed students eventually get accepted. In some cases, especially at elite colleges, no students actually get off the list. You should definitely move forward with a back-up college.


But not all hope is lost, and you can do a few things to improve your chances of getting off a wait list:


  • Do: Contact the Admissions Office to Learn More

Unless the school says not to, contact the admissions office to find out why your application wasn’t accepted. Were your test scores low? Were your extracurricular activities weak? If you are able to identify the reasons your application didn’t make it to the top of the pile, you’ll be better able to address the issue.

Also, try to learn how the wait list is managed. Are students ranked? Where do you fall on the list? Are your chances of getting off the list fair or slim?

  • Do: Write a Letter Restating Your Interest

Write to the school to reaffirm your sincere interest in attending (and if you aren’t sincerely interested in attending, you shouldn’t put yourself on the wait list to begin with). Your letter should be polite and specific. Show that you have good reasons for wanting to attend — what exactly is it about this college that has made it your top choice? What is it that the college offers that you won’t find elsewhere?

  • Do: Send the College Any New and Significant Information

Send along any new and significant information that might make your application stronger. Did you retake the SAT and get higher scores? Did you win a significant award? New academic accomplishments are particularly important.

  • Don’t: Have Alumni Write to the School for You

It’s rarely effective to scrounge around to find alumni who are willing to write letters recommending you. Such letters tend to be shallow and they make you look like you’re grasping. Ask yourself if such letters will really change your credentials. Chances are, they won’t.

  • Don’t: Pester the Admissions Counselors

Harassing your admissions counselor won’t help your situation. Calling frequently and showing up at the admissions office isn’t going to improve your chances, but it may annoy the extremely busy admissions employees.

  • Don’t: Send Trivial or Off-Target Materials

If you’re applying to an engineering program, your latest watercolor or limerick probably doesn’t add much to your application (unless it won an award or got published). If you received a new SAT score that’s only 10 points higher than the old one, it’s probably not going to change the school’s decision. And a letter of recommendation from a bighead who doesn’t really know you — that too won’t help.


What’s the Role of GPA in Graduate School Admissions?  


What's the Role of GPA in Graduate School Admissions?
What’s the Role of GPA in Graduate School Admissions?–荣生留学 咨询 2015

Your GPA or grade point average is important to admissions committees, not because it signifies your intelligence, instead because it is a long-term indicator how well you perform your job as student. Grades reflect your motivation and your ability to do consistently good or bad work. Generally, most master’s programs require minimum GPAs of 3.0 or 3.3, and most doctoral programs require minimum GPAs of 3.3 or 3.5. Usually this minimum is necessary, but not sufficient, for admission. That is, your GPA can keep the door from shutting in your face but many other factors come to play in getting accepted to graduate school.


Course Quality Can Trump Grade

Not all grades are the same, though. Admissions committees study the courses taken: a B in Advanced Statistics is worth more than an A in Introduction to Pottery. In other words, they consider the context of the GPA: Where was it obtained and of what courses is it comprised? In many cases, it’s better to have a lower GPA composed of solid challenging courses than a high GPA based on easy courses like “Basket Weaving for Beginners” and the like. Admissions committees study your transcript and examine your overall GPA as well as the GPA for the courses relevant to the programs to which you’re applying (e.g., GPA in science and math courses for applicants to medical school and graduate programs in the sciences). Ensure that you’re taking the right courses for the graduate program to which you plan to apply.


Why Turn to Standardized Exams?
Admissions committees also understand that applicants’ grade point averages often can’t be meaningfully compared. Grades can differ among universities: an A at one university may be a B+ at another. Also grades differ among professors in the same university. Because grade point averages are not standardized, it’s hard to compare applicants’ GPAs. Therefore admissions committees turn to standardized exams, like the GRE, LSAT, and GMAT, to make comparisons among applicants from different universities. Therefore if you have a low GPA, it is essential that you try your best on these tests.


What If I Have a Low GPA?
If it is early in your academic career, for example you are in your sophomore year or beginning your junior year, you have time to boost your GPA. Remember that the more credits you have taken, the harder it is to raise your GPA, so try to catch a spiraling GPA before it does much damage. What if it’s too late?

  • Try your best (obviously).
  • Take high quality courses. Sure it’s easy to raise your GPA with introductory courses and so-called “easy A’s” but admissions committees see through those tactics. A lower GPA composed of high quality courses will do you more good than a high GPA composed of “easy” courses.
  • Take more classes. Don’t just take the minimum number of courses needed to graduate. Instead take more courses so that you have more opportunities to raise your GPA.


I’ve been placed on Waiting List. What should I do?    


I’ve been placed on Waiting List. What should I do?
I’ve been placed on Waiting List. What should I do?–荣生留学 最新资讯 2015


I’ve Been Waitlisted. What Now?


In the spring, college applicants begin getting those happy and sad admissions decisions. They tend to begin something like this: “Congratulations! . . .” or, “After careful consideration, we’re sorry to inform you . . .” But what about that third type of notification, the one that is neither acceptance nor rejection? Thousands upon thousands of students find themselves in college admissions limbo after having been placed on a waiting list.

What should you do now? Do you go ahead and put down a deposit at a school where you’ve been accepted, even if your waitlist school is your first choice? Do you simply sit around and wait?

The answers to these questions, of course, vary depending upon your situation and the schools to which you applied. In general, however, you should move forward as if you’ve been rejected. Why? Because the math generally isn’t in your favor

Here’s how waiting list works: All colleges want a full incoming class. Their financial well-being is dependent upon full classrooms and full residence halls. So, when admissions officers send out acceptance letters, they make a conservative estimate of their yield (the percentage of admitted students who will actually enroll). In case the yield falls short of their projections, they need some students on back-up who can fill out the incoming class. These are the students on the waiting list.

Most schools send out a letter asking you if you will accept a position on the waitlist. If you refuse, that’s the end of the story. If you accept, you then wait. How long you wait depends on the school’s enrollment picture. Students have been known to receive acceptances from the waiting list a week before classes start. May and June are more typical notification times.

It’s important that you have a sense of the math, for in most cases the numbers aren’t encouraging. The examples vary widely, from Penn State where 80% of waitlisted students were admitted, to Middlebury College where 0% were offered admission. The norm tends to be in the 10% range, which is why you should move on with other options rather than pin your hopes on the waiting list.



Which Ivy League Business School Is Right For You?


Which Ivy League Business School Is Right For You?
Which Ivy League Business School Is Right For You?–荣生留学 咨询 2015


The Six Ivy League Business Schools


Ivy League schools attract intellectuals from around the world and have a legendary reputation for academic excellence. There are eight Ivy League schools, but only six Ivy League business schools. Princeton University and Brown University do not have business schools.


The six Ivy League business schools include:

  • Columbia Business School- Columbia University
  • Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management- Cornell University
  • Harvard Business School- Harvard University
  • Tuck School of Business- Dartmouth College
  • Wharton School- University of Pennsylvania
  • Yale School of Management- Yale University


Columbia Business School

Columbia Business School is known for its diverse entrepreneurial community. The school’s location in the business hub of New York City provides unparalleled immersion in the business world. Columbia offers many different graduate programs, including an MBA program, executive MBA programs, doctoral programs, and Master of Science programs in several business disciplines. Students who are seeking an international experience should explore Columbia’s pioneering program with London Business School, EMBA-Global Americas and Europe, or the EMBA-Global Asia, created in partnership with the University of Hong Kong.


Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate Schoolof Management

Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, more commonly known as Johnson, takes a performance-learning approach to business education. Students learn theoretical frameworks, apply them to real-world situations in actual business settings, and receive continuous feedback from qualified experts. Johnson offers the Cornell MBA five different ways: one-year MBA (Ithaca), two-year MBA (Ithaca), tech-MBA (Cornell Tech), executive MBA (Metro NYC), and Cornell-Queen’s MBA (Offered in conjunction with Queen’s University). Additional business education options include executive education and PhD programs. Students seeking a global experience should look to Johnson’s newest program, the Cornell-Tsinghua MBA/FMBA, a dual degree program offered by Johnson at Cornell University and PBC School of Finance (PBCSF) at Tsinghua University.


Harvard Business School

The overall mission of Harvard Business School is to educate leaders who make a difference. The school does this through its educational programs, faculty, and influence around the world. HBS program offerings include a two-year MBA program, executive education, and eight full-time doctoral programs leading to a PhD or DBA. HBS also offers summer programs for ambitious undergraduates. Students who like the idea of studying online should explore the school’s HBX online programs, which incorporate active learning and the case method learning model.


Tuck School of Business

The Tuck School of Business was the very first graduate school of management founded in the United States. It offers only one degree program: a full-time MBA. Tuck is a small business school, and it works hard to facilitate a collaborative learning environment designed to build lifelong relationships. Students participate in a unique residential experience that promotes teamwork while focusing on a core curriculum of general management skills. Their education is then rounded out with advanced electives and seminars.


Wharton School

Founded more than a century ago in 1881, Wharton is the oldest Ivy League business school. It employs the most published business school faculty and has a global reputation for excellence in business education. Undergraduate students who attend Wharton School work toward a BS in economics and have an opportunity to choose from more than 20 different business concentrations. Graduate students can enroll in one of several MBA programs. Wharton also offers interdisciplinary programs, executive education, and PhD programs. Minority students who are still in high school should check out Wharton’s pre-college LEAD program.


Yale School of Management

Yale School of Management prides itself on educating students for leadership positions in every sector of society: public, private, nonprofit, and entrepreneurial. Programs are integrated, combining fundamental core courses with unlimited elective choices. Graduate students can choose from a range of programs at the graduate level, including executive education, MBA programs, a Master of Advanced Management, PhD programs, and joint degrees in business and law, medicine, engineering, global affairs, and environmental management, among others. Yale School of Management does not award undergraduate degrees, but second-, third-, and fourth-year university students (as well as recent graduates) can participate in Yale SOM’s two-week Global Pre-MBA Leadership Program.



美国研究生申请常见问题及解答FAQ–荣生留学 最新资讯 2015
  • 大学本科在国内读,欲申请美国研究生,需要准备哪些材料?








  • 美国研究生院何时开学?要提前多久开始申请?


  • 成绩高低对录取的影响大么?



  • 美国研究生费用一般为多少?

美国研究生院的学费不是全美统一的,而是每个大学自行设定的。一般来讲,知名大学比普通大学费用高、私立大学比公立大学费用高。Top10 学校的学费一般每年都在5万美金以上。

至于在美国的生活费用,要具体看在学校坐落于美国的哪个地理位置。一般来讲:西部和东北部的生活费用要 高于中部和南部。平均来看,留美一年的费用要在3万-5万美金左右(学费+生活费)。商学院、法学院、医学院的费用会更高一些,一般在4万-6万美金一年。

  • 申请美国奖学金很难么?需要什么样的条件?


  • 美国的实习/就业机会如何?

美国的实习和就业行情根据专业有所区别。一般来讲,理工科比商科的机会多一些。但是,每个专业和领域都有相应的市场需求。美国允许国际学生在假期时以CPT的形式在美国公司实习。学生可以通过学校的工作网站找和本校有合作的公司进行实习、通过参加学校组织的校园招聘会寻找合适的实习机会、通过上届学长的推介、通过linked in, career builder, monster, dice, indeed等多种美国常见的求职网站找合适的实习和工作机会。同时,学校一般都设有就业辅导/简历指导服务,学生可以寻求相关帮助完善自己的实习/就业计划。

  • 美国研究生院的中国学生比重有多少?

中国学生比重一般取决于学校所处地理位置和具体的研究生学院。一般来讲,美国西部(加州)和东部(大纽约区)华人学生所占 比重非常高,远高于中部和南部的学校。并且,理工科学院的中国学生比重要高于文科和商学院。目前来看,由于近年来中国留学生队伍的壮大和美国大学的宽松录取政策,不管学校所在地区和学院设置,几乎哪里都充斥着中国学生的身影。并且学校都设有中国学生学者联谊会,以方便中国学生的内部交流。

  • 美国的社会治安如何?是否安全?

美国的社会治安根据地区不同而有所差异,中部的一些州治安相对较差。一般来讲,城区中心要比郊区治安差,有色人种(黑人、墨西哥人)聚集区治安可能相对较差。但是,总体来讲,美国治安要远好与中国。人们很少在公共场合吵架或斗殴,住宅也一般 没有所谓的“防盗门和铁栅栏”,大都是普通木门和落地玻璃窗。平常开车出门,不存在拦路抢劫的问题。



研究生申请–GPA不高怎么办–荣生留学 资讯 2015



有的学校对GPA有硬性规定,要求申请者的GPA必须达到一定标准,eg. 3.0或3.5。对于有此类规定的院校,申请者还是谨慎行事,不要冒险的好。因为学校第一轮先审核学生的GPA和各标准考试成绩,不达标者被自动筛掉,因此任你PS, 推荐信和其他成果再闪耀,评审委员会也不给机会对你做进一步评定。




申请美国研究生六大要素–荣生留学 资讯 2015


申请美国研究生基本要在六个方面做好准备,分别是:科研背景/研究经历、GT成绩、本科院校和GPA、PS & Resume、推荐信、工作经验。下面我们逐一浅谈这六要素在申请时的作用。(重要性不分先后)




其次是托福和GRE/GMAT成绩。来美国留学,这两个是必考项目,但其在申请中所起的作用并没有那么重要。换言之,高分GT未必能进好学校,但低分一定遭殃。现在申请美国研究生的中国学生千千万,加之世界各地的其他学生更是人数众多,很多美国研究生院基本在接受申请的时候先用GT筛一遍,达到一定分数的进入下一轮,低于一定分数的免谈。在这里要强调一下托福IBT。学校对口语部分还是比较重视的,尤其是申请做TA 的学生,基本口语分数要在25分以上,这对于广大中国考生来说还是有一定难度的。因此,如果想申请TA奖学金,还是要在口语上下下功。




PS & Resume如同上文所说,每年申请美国研究生院的中国学生千千万,教授和评审委员会基本不会认认真真品读每一个申请者的个人陈述和简历,但绝非意味着其不重要。被筛了一遍GT成绩成功晋级的申请者,下一轮就在PS & Resume上接受考核。如何让评审委员在最短的时间内抓住你个人陈述和简历的脉门,发现你的闪光点,是门大学问。在写个人陈述和简历的时候如何组织结构、如何行文、如何表达是关键。800多字的个人陈述,评审委员看了一分钟还没抓住你要表达的重点,那你就悲剧了。


推荐信。推荐信这个要素,好的一举成功,普通的效果都一样—-就是基本没有效果。如果你的推荐人在你申请领域享有一定的国际知名度,或者你申请学校的教授熟悉/认识你的推荐人,那么这个推荐信的作用杠杠的,写好了基本被录取就没跑了 (当然在其他要素不是很差的状况下)。除了以上情况外,所有的推荐信分量都一般。与其拼了命找你们学校或者你们专业的“著名大牛教授”写,不如切切实实找个非常熟悉你的导师或者老师写,反正他们在美国教授眼里都一样—–都不认识—-熟悉你的老师写出来的还相对比较真切些。





美国的硕士项目基本上是两年制的,短一点的有一年半的,也有一年的。 那么来美国读硕士,能否申请奖学金?有多大的希望能申请到奖学金?是不是我自身条件特别优秀就可以申请到奖学金?


  • 美国的硕士项目是面向就业的项目。


  • 美国的硕士项目招收人数比较多。

因为美国的硕士项目是以就业为导向的,所以学校在招生的时候态度也是“欢迎各界人士踊跃报名”。 每年大学的硕士项目招收人数基本都有几十号人。有的多,有的少,具体取决于学校和专业。但还是那句话,现在美国的硕士项目基本是为学校创收的。

  • 有的学校硕士项目还是有奖的

并不是说所有的美国大学的所有硕士项目都没有奖学金。有的学校还是会给录取者颁发奖学金的。一般而言,排名比较靠后的、或者学校规模比较小的、或者一些冷门专业、或者学校/专业是新成立的情况下,硕士项目会给录取者颁发奖学金,目地是希望招收更多条件比较好的学生。 相反的,那些规模大、排名靠前、知名度高、热门专业的硕士项目的态度则是“你爱来不来,反正我没钱给你,你若不来,自然有人排着队的来”。

  • 既然硕士项目没钱不给奖,那我直接申请博士项目如何?

的确,申请博士项目,如果获得录取,基本都会拿到全奖(不排除有些学院比较穷,从第二年才肯给全奖的情况)。 但是,美国的博士和硕士项目的培养方向和导向是完全不相同的。和国内不同,在美国,博士不是硕士的继续,他们是两个独立的项目。此外,硕士项目是以工业界为导向的,是培养学生的实践能力,以方便毕业后能找到工作。而博士项目是以研究为导向的,注重的是理论和科研能力的培养,博士生毕业后基本上都是在学术领域发展的。













1)in what capacity do you know the applicant? – 你是如何知道/了解这个申请人的 (换言之,你们是什么关系,有多熟?)


3)在你认识的学生当中,此申请人是top 1%, 5%, 10%, even lower or Not Applicable(也就是你没办法评价)?







试想一下,即使你通过各种关系找到了很牛很厉害、但是却并不了解你的推荐人,那他/她在提交推荐信息时,如何回答前面那些问题?这样的推荐信该怎么写?就算推荐人答应写,他/她很有可能选择Not Applicable,弄得整个推荐信等于没写。最糟糕的情况:甚至选择你是比top 20%还要低的(这个对于申请好学校来说,是很致命的)。







众多申请类型中,研究生跨专业相对来说难度大一些。跨专业申请分两种情况,一种是文或理工学士去读mba, international management, international business的硕士课程,这类情况的难度比较小,因为,这些硕士课程接受任何专业的申请;另一种情况是文科学士去读理工科的硕士课程,比如说,语言学的毕业生去读电子工程,或理学士丶工学士读文科硕士课程,像土木工程的学生去读比较文学,这些情况都是所学和将学的课程扯不上关系,跨度很大。对于专业跨度比较大的申请,有以下几条建议:

1,跨专业申请之所以比较困难,根本原因是所学的专业课程有很大差别,对于对方的领域没有很深入的了解。针对这种情况,建议那些想换专业读研究生的同学做好长久打算,在修本专业的同时,旁听一下相关课程,对其有个认识,这样对申请大有帮助。如果本科学的是经济,但是硕士想来美国学物理,那么最好在本科期间兼修complex analysis(复变分析)丶group theory(群论) topology(拓扑学)丶theoretical physics(理论物理)丶theoretical mechanics(理论力学)丶classical electrodynamics(经典电动力学)丶statistical physics(统计物理)等物理专业的课程,并且取得不错的成绩,那么最终就很有可能被美国的物理学专业研究生所录取。

2,参加gre专项考试。如果你只是自学了相关专业的课程,而没有学分,这种情况下,最有效的办法就是参加该专业的专项考试,如果有个专项成绩,无疑会对申请起到一些正面作用。芝加哥大学的一位教授说,gre subject test可以用作比较不同国家和地区,不同大学,不同评分制度的标准,由此可见专项考试对录取与否的作用非常大。

3,参加相关的研究。有这样的背景可以为你的申请加不少的分。实际案例:某位同学是香港科技大学化学专业的学生,GPA非常低,不要说跨专业申请了,就是申请本专业,也很难得到录取,但他最后是到stanford university读社会学的研究生,能得到录取的根本原因是,他在香港做过1个月的社会调查研究,并且发表了一篇相关内容的论文。


5,个人陈述。如果上面4条你做得都不是很好,你可以在personal statement里罗列些与所申请专业相关的书籍,只要读过就成,不必读懂,能读懂最好,用很恳切的,有说服力的语言表现出自己对未来研究领域的热爱和执着,及该专业对自己将来就业选择甚至人生发展的重要性,明确表达自己的人生目标。有的时候,两张4a纸的PS也能打动教授,拯救你的申请。