astroprof wrote:At this stage, it is perfectly reasonable to reply to whomever notified you that you were on the wait list that you are "still very interested in their program" and that you hope you hear positive news from them soon. However, I do not recommend stating explicitly that this is the only school left on your list (even if that is the case), as you do not want to indicate that other schools have judged you negatively (even if they have). While this e-mail will probably not change your ranking on the wait list, it is beneficial to keep the lines of communication open, particularly as it gets closer to April 15. However, I will also note in passing that, for the first time, my department down-ranked a few wait listed applicants based on their unprofessional responses to being told that they were on the wait list. So, while communication is generally a good thing, all communications with the department should be brief and professional.
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