// UPDATES/COMMENTS //
12/13/05 -- i've significantly altered my profile to be more informative. below are updates on going complete, decisions, etc. and to the right i have my ECs as well as fee waivers for the curious. enjoy! i hope this helps.
12/14/05 -- received an email from ND notifying me that my ED decision was mailed today. times like these make me wish they emailed decisions...
12/15/05 -- the temple letter finally came. took a while to get from philadelphia. also, i got my george mason holiday card signed by anne richard, associate dean/dir of admissions. very nice gesture. hand signed. that's something.
12/19/05 -- called BU to check on my file. it's complete. the date posted is the date i was given as complete date. also called indiana-bloomington, and date posted is date i was given as complete, as well. IU-bloomington did mention that my file was "currently in review with the dean of admissions."
12/20/05 -- called W&L to check if i was complete. told that i would be "receiving a decision shortly."
12/20/05 -- my decision came very quickly, as a matter of fact. W&L letter came by postal mail this afternoon. how ironic. it's my first tier 1 acceptance and first top 25 acceptance!
12/21/05 -- ave maria phone call acceptance. i've never been called before, and it's quite nice receiving a phone call. they got back to me incredibly fast, considering i sent the app 9 days ago.
12/23/05 -- called USC to check status. i am complete. now i'm just waiting on alabama and then it's just the wait til decisions arrive...
12/23/05 -- deferred at illinois, except they called it the "hold" category. same difference.
12/28/05 -- received the "holiday present" waiver from Brooklyn. a little late, if i may say so myself.
01/10/06 -- withdrew from baylor. no scholarship offer, no chance. used the form they sent me. also WL'd at GW. ehhh.... also, i am COMPLETE EVERYWHERE. now i just wait.
01/12/06 -- withdrew from illinois, miami.
01/17/06 -- in at SMU! see below...
02/06/06 -- UVA status check updated to say that my decision mailed. i also rec'd an email about it. i was hopeful that my app wound hang around past the first round of rejections... but i guess not.
02/10/06 -- UVA rejection. oh well. but... SMU scholarship! i'm very excited about the offer. see below.
02/13/06 -- colorado scholarship offer. see below.
02/14/06 -- revised scholarship offers. temple scholarship raised from $10k to $12k/year. also, alabama scholarship received.
02/15/06 -- OCU withdrawal.
02/16/06 -- vanderbilt waitlist. not a surprise. it's what i was expecting. so i guess i'm pretty smart.
02/27/06 -- provisional list at ND. can't say i'm surprised, but i was hoping for a different result.
02/28/06 -- updated scholarship numbers within the school information. i previously had yearly amounts, but switched to the total amount offered.
03/01/06 -- withdrawn from temple, indiana-bloomington
03/08/06 -- recently re-ranked the schools. i'm fickle. also, i REALLY want the sumners scholarship from SMU. so if you're SMU... if you want to make a nice young man happy, grant me an interview. i promise i'll wow you.
03/11/06 -- okay, so the sumners foundation apparently doesn't think i'm good enough. rejected. ouch. will it affect SMU's standing? not negatively. getting an interview would've probably moved SMU above OU, but alas, no interview so SMU and OU stay tied to win me for the fall. p.s. props to alabama, as they have flown up my rankings from as low as group 6 (pretty low) to probably tied for #3 among schools i've been admitted (with W&L).
03/13/06 -- alabama decided to throw in $1,200/year in books in addition to my half-tuition scholarship. thank you!
03/21/06 -- for not getting mail for 4 days, i got very little. which is sad. although, i did get waitlisted at WUSTL. i'm starting to wonder how many waitlists i'm going to end up with... (later 03/21) re-ranked the schools after my visit. decided to not hang around for WUSTL. so, they're out.
03/28/06 -- withdrawn from arizona and hastings.
04/04/06 -- held at case. hmmmm.... confused....
04/07/06 -- visit to alabama was great. additionally, while i was there they upped my scholarship offer to 3/4th's tuition + books + laptop (or full tuition + laptop + books if/when i become a resident). altered the estimated 3 year value.
05/04/06 -- in off the GW waitlist...
06/24/06 -- as you can see, i'm going to OU. also, alabama offered full tuition when i withdrew. they are simply the nicest staff i dealt with--hands down. i highly recommend that everyone apply to alabama next cycle.
07/05/06 -- SMU upped their offer. too late, but thank you... went from 20k/year to 25k/year.
// COMPLETE NOTIFICATIONS //
-alabama: online status check
-ave maria: never notified
-baylor: online status check and email
-boston: i called, postcard sent to pernament address
-case western: email
-george mason: email
-GULC: online status check
-GW: i called
-hasting: online status check and email
-houston: online status check
-indiana-bloomington: i called
-miami: postal mail, postcard
-notre dame: i called
-oklahoma city: never notified
-oklahoma: never notified
-usc: i called
-UVA: online status check
-W&L: i called
-WUSTL: i called
// ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATIONS //
-alabama: email, letter to fllow.
-arizona: postal mail, letter, standard envelope. small handwritten note. scholarship offer may come later.
-ave maria: phone call, letter to follow. scholarship offered during phone call (see below).
-baylor: email then postal mail packet with handwritten note from dean at the bottom. no scholarship offered.
-coloroado: postal mail, packet. no scholarship mentioned. do they just not give out any or do i just not qualify?
-george mason: phone call, packet to follow, nice, but short, convo with the dean, ann richards.
-george washington: off the waitlist, email, packet to follow.
-hastings: online status check, admissions packet rec'd 01/17.
-houston: email, letter to follow. no mention of scholarships.
-indiana-bloomington: priority mail, letter. scholarship offer enclosed (see below). also a separate handwritten note from assistan dean. very nice.
-miami: postal mail, standard envelope, computerized signature of dean (not cool). no scholarship offer with acceptance.
-oklahoma city: postal mail, letter. scholarship offer with letter (see below).
-oklahoma: postal mail, packet. requested deposit by january 6. no scholarship offer with acceptance.
-southern methodist: phone call, packet rec'd 01/31. scholarship decisions rec'd 02/17.
-temple: short letter telling me i was accepted. "information on reserving [my] seat... will be mailed in early January."
-washington and lee: postal mail, letter.
// REJECTION NOTIFICATIONS //
-texas: postal mail, standard envelope. single sheet of paper.
-GULC: postal mail, standard envelope, white with clear window, single sheet of paper.
-UVA: postal mail, standard envelope. single sheet of paper.
// WAITLIST/DEFERRAL NOTIFICATIONS //
-case: postal mail, single page letter.
-notre dame: postal mail, small white envelope, letter
-illinois: postal mail, white envelope, letter, very thin.
-gw: postal mail, cream enveleope, single page letter.
-vandy: postal mail, small envelope. two pages.
-WUStL: postal mail, standard envelope, single page letter. waitlist, postal mail, standard envelope, single page letter and response sheet.
// SCHOLARSHIP NOTIFICATIONS //
-oklahoma (rec'd 12/06/05): postal mail, packet. deadline of january 21. offered $8000/$6000/$6000.
-oklahoma city: postal mail, came with acceptance. offered $22,000 renewable.
-alabama: full-tuition, plus books first year and laptop.
-ave maria: phone call, notified with acceptance. offered full tuition. very nice lady.
-colorado (rec'd 02/13/06): offered 15k for first year only.
-miami (rec'd 12/21/05): offered $16,000/yr renewable.
-indiana-bloomington: offered $25,500 over three years or $8,500/yr. notified with acceptance.
-SMU (rec'd 02/10/06): offered $25,000/yr renewable.
-temple (rec'd 01/09/06): offered $12,000/yr renewable.
// WITHDRAWALS //
-baylor: used their form enclosed with acceptance
-miami: sent an email
-illionois: sent an email
-oklahoma city: sent an email
// MISC NOTES //
sent: date application sent
received: date LSDAS report requested
complete: date I received complete status from law school
decision: date I received letter