I just had an epipheny! I applied to saba about 6 months ago, with sept 08 as my first choice, but i was very intent on going here and didn't apply to any other schools (no MCAT limited me a lot). I was told that i'd be put on the waitlist for sepetmeber, depending on how the next few interivews went to fill up september. This confused me because since i applied before these people, theoretically I should be higher up on the waitlist. Also, I have a very competitive application, so that wasn't it.
It just suddenly dawned on me. MOST students apply to a bunch of schools, and if they are accepted at a few, and have to make a decision. By having no other option, I may have gotten shafted to January thus losing my 2012 match! While if a student was only on the waitlist for september at saba, but accepted at say Ross or SGU for september, they would say 'screw saba' and go to a school that graduated them a year earlier.
Ah well,such is life! Just thought that i'd share this advice for future students applying. If you're accepted at a school of similar quality, you have way more leverage.
I'm pissed off at the idea of someone applying 4 months after me and taking my september spot just because they spent another 100 bucks and applied to ROSS or something.
Oh well, lesson learned!
There is of course a chance that my theory is wrong, and that there may be students that just have a better application that are given a higher priority... but with a >3.8gpa, tons of volunteer experience, LOTS of research experience, and a VERY good interview, I doubt that there is a legion of applicants significantly more competative than mine.