This is my 2nd cycle. I screwed up my first 2 LSATs last year, had a pretty unspectacular application & personal statement, and applied at the deadlines. Decided waiting a year to improve my LSAT and to get my apps in order was worth it. I got an LSAC fee waiver so I decided to carpet bomb the T14 and see if I get lucky.
12/20: BAM! My first acceptances! I was walking out of work around 1pm when I noticed I had 2 new voice messages: one from Texas and one from SMU. That's a nice way to break the tension of the last 2 months.
12/21: Called Cornell. Very nice lady said I was deferred.
1/14: Rejection letter from Michigan arrived. It was a reach so nothing really surprising there.
1/28: Rejections from G-town and Penn today. Those are the last of the schools that I had little to no desire in attending anyway. From here on out, the denials are gonna sting a little.
2/1: Dinged at NYU. Very brief letter.
2/7: Dean's scholly from SMU with no strings. Nice.
2/25: Rejection letter from Duke arrived. Most apologetic one so far.
2/29: Harvard really does reject you by email. I almost didn't believe it.
3/1: Columbia rejection in a cream envelope.
3/10: Out at Chicago. Really brief letter.
3/24: Phone call from UT about Tom C. Clark scholarship. That would make my estimated debt out of UT $60k!!! That pretty much clinches it. I don't expect to get into UVA and I don't see Cornell making a more compelling offer than that.
3/31: Withdrew from SMU today. After UT's ASD, I can't imagine choosing SMU over them. I'll keep waiting on Cornell and UVA just to satisfy my curiousity, but I can't wait to be in Austin in 4 months!
4/4: Waitlist from UVA arrived. I'm surprised they're the only school that waitlisted me. I had hoped for maybe 1 or 2 more just for pride's sake, but in the end, I'm withdrawing anyway.
4/10: Got another $13k in need-based aid from UT. That'll bring down my debt to less than $50k! That's awesome. I really feel for those folks taking out $150-200k in loans. Thank you Texas state legislature!
4/20: Cornell rejection arrived. That's the last one!
Now that my cycle's pretty much over, time to reflect. I went into this year really just hoping to get into UT. The in-state tuition's a steal and I love the school. I threw the other apps out there knowing they were mostly reaches and was just curious what would happen. Knowing now that I'm about to be a Longhorn in a few short months is a gigantic weight off my shoulders after this long 2 year process. I hope future applicants find my info helpful!