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Re: 2020 Sweat Thread
Originally Posted by applyingforecon
Let me add two points here.
Originally Posted by tutonic
(1) Some schools basically admit only the number of spots they have, and are therefore likely to go to their wait list whenever someone turns them down. Most schools admit based roughly on expected yield, so some number of turn downs are expected before going to their waitlist.
(2) If you have multiple admits, don't turn any of them down until you are very sure you won't be going to a place. But as soon as you are sure it will help out everyone if you make your turn down as early as possible. Most turn downs seem to come in on April 15. That means departments can't easily go to their waitlist until then. That means some people are in the position of accepting an offer only to get off the waitlist from a preferred school later. (If this happens to you, it can be remedied.)
So once you're really sure you're not going to a school that's accepted you, please tell them so. They'll be appreciative, not offended.