Re-applicant. Fall 2010 and Fall 2011 cycles.
In: Michigan (45k)
Out: Yale, Harvard, NYU
WL: everywhere else (didn't apply to Stanford and Berkeley)
I didn't retake, so applying early really does help improve your chances.
For everyone who gets discouraged by the process, or life in general: don't despair, you will be able to smile eventually! :)
Note on scholarship/financial aid:
I only published merit-only scholarships on the list. I received quite generous offers from Penn and Berkeley. However they are mostly need-based. I am not sure if without need I would have still received the same offers, so I chose to not disclose them to make sure the figures wouldn't mislead anyone.
Note on preference:
Those were preferences BEFORE the cycle. I am very fortunate to have top target locked in. The top 3 were reaches - I may or may not had a fair shot at any of them. The Harvard WL is a big surprise, and I would be elated if I can get off the WL.
4/26 This one was hard - withdrew from UVA
4/25 Withdrew from USC
4/22 Wait list email from NYU.
4/21 Wait list offer from Harvard!!! My last decision is going to be Harvard, that's amazing! I hope I get in!
4/21 Status checker for NYU changed to Decision Letter Sent 4/10. The wait goes on to find out what it is.
4/18 Withdrew from Duke.
4/15 Withdrew from UT Austin. Hard to let it go, biggest scholarship and probably the lowest cost of living!
4/14 Was hoping for better results, but no-thank-you letter from Stanford today.
4/3 Submitted a matching request at Texas, they bumped the total to $93000. That leaves a COA of $33000 a year. Pretty good option!
4/1 Withdrew from Michigan. Sad to have to turn down such a wonderful school, but excited that I am narrowing down choices and slowly coming to a final decision!
3/28 Email from USC letting me know I have access to the admitted student portal. My decision was finalized on 3/25. I need to fill out forms for financial aid!
3/28 Withdrew from Cornell's Reserve. Penn's ASW was wonderful. Received financial aid notice from Penn with a good amount of need grants. Still trying to negotiate merit scholarship. Also received first year need grant offer from Berkeley, very comparable to Penn's, but also no mention of merit yet. So everything is still up in the air. Looking forward to visiting Berkeley in a week!
3/22 2 weeks of nothing leads to - Reserve at Cornell. Sigh. But expected. Will probably withdraw at the same time as some of the others.
3/10 It's been forever since I had anything to update it seems. $22,500 per year scholarship from Duke!
2/12 White business mail envelope with no return address. Business end of a Yale Law School admission decision.
2/5 Acceptance via email from Duke! The email asked to submit a scholarship form which I will send it tomorrow. I don't know if they would offer more than UVa but here is to hoping!
2/3 Reserve via email from Columbia. Looks like the end of the cycle is near?
2/2 WL via email from UCLA - not sure what's up with this.
1/29 Received $45k Dean's Scholarship offer from Michigan ($15k/year)!
1/21 WOW what a day. First got in to Michigan, then received a call from UVa! And UVa came with a $90k scholarship offer ($30k/year)!
1/10 Waitlisted by Chicago via email. Don't feel happy about the WL :)
1/10 Put on "Hold" by Harvard by email. Feel pretty happy to be held.
1/5 finally under review at NYU.
12/20 Phone call from Dean Post @ Penn!!! Really happy to have the option to stay at Penn. Well worth the wait!
12/10 Finally complete at Michigan. Come on NYU!
12/7 Things are moving slowly right now. Received a letter from USC inviting me to apply for the Rothman scholarship. Sounds good, will be sending off an essay shortly.
11/29 Accepted to Berkeley via phone! Great surprise the day after the holiday weekend. Looking forward to visiting in April!
11/29 Decision at Cornell via email - deferred to regular applicant pool. Got the Berkeley call while wondering what's up with Cornell. Most likely will withdraw, but I have until 2/1 to do so.
11/22 Submitted to NYU. One of the last apps for the cycle hopefully. Took a while to write the scholarship essay, but I am happy with the end product. Here is to more waiting!
11/15 Under review at Chicago. I guess may have to wait until December for another decision?
11/11 So I have decided to update that there is nothing to update ... hopefully new decisions soon.
11/5 Received scholarship letter from Texas. $9,500/year non resident exemption totaling $76,500 over 3 years!
10/29 Acceptance from Texas via phone! Great start! Scholarship info to follow in a couple weeks.
10/24 Under review at Berkeley, Stanford, Duke, UVA and Harvard.
10/24 Received a viewbook from USC. Liked it and the letter that came with it so I sent an application in since I applied to UCLA as well.
10/13 So I decided to start updating the process. Most of my apps are in. Still working on the Yale app and the certification forms, it may take a while longer. Under review at a few places, hopefully will have some news soon!