5/12/17: Going to be a Seminole! FSU upped their offer a little bit and that was all I needed.
Good luck to everybody else!
5/11/17: UF campus was great. Got a chance to sit down and speak with Dean Byrd. Very friendly and understanding. Negotiated a little bit.
5/9/17: Visited FSU for admitted students day. There were only 6 of us. Campus is amazing. Really like the school. I wish the scholarship offer was a little bit better. Going to check out UF on Thursday.
5/2/17: Accepted off the waitlist at Wayne State (email).
4/27/17: Accepted to Florida via email.
4/26/17: Email from Tennessee with scholarship offer. 15k per year.
4/25/17: 45% scholarship first year from FSU. 65% if I qualify for instate tuition in my 2nd and 3rd year.
4/24/17: Email from Texas Tech. Admitted and offered $7500 per year.
Packet from Tenn. They asked me to email them the competing offers that I'm considering.
4/21/17: Indiana increased their offer by about six grand per academic year.
4/20/17: Accepted off the waitlist at Tennessee.
4/17/17: Called TAMU, they offered in state tuition and a 75% scholarship. Planning to visit. I think Texas offers better job opportunities than Pennsylvania. Especially comparing Dallas/Fort Worth to Happy Valley.
4/14/17: Accepted to Texas A&M. Don't know if there's a scholarship offer with it. I'm going to call on Monday since the voicemail said they'd be out of the office the rest of the day.
Letter from Baylor. Waitlisted for the fall, but accepted for the Spring. The letter says they just don't have any more spots open for the fall, but who knows.
4/11/17: Offered $25,000 per year from Marquette. Maintain 2.0 GPA
4/7/17: Put down my first deposit at Penn State (UP). $750. Withdrew from Dickinson.
3/30/17: Phone call from Nebraska. Scholarship increased to equal instate tuition. No Stips other than good academic standing. Which is a 4.0 (C average) on their 9 point grading system.
3/29/17: Tried to negotiate Penn State (UP) up to full tuition. They countered me halfway with $42,000 a year.
3/25/17: Admitted Students Day at West Virginia. Campus is very very amazing (Trump voice). School was nice. Standard state school. Didn't get a lot of interaction with professors. But did get to speak with some students and administrators.
3/24/17: Voicemail from Florida State. Admitted. Said to expect a packet in the mail. I'm not positive about how they offer their scholarships, but I think there is a separate application process for them.
3/22/17: Phone call from Nebraska. Accepted off the waitlist with a 50% tuition and fees scholarship. Not sure about stips but I would assume there are some having looked at their 509 reports.
3/19/17: Admitted Students Day at Penn State (UP). Also really enjoyed it. I've got a tough decision to make. This one was interesting because I got a chance to speak with the new Dean, Hari Osofsky, for about 20 minutes at lunch. Obviously, extremely bright woman. She went to Yale. Unlike me, she seemed very focused on the school's ranking. I got to hear some pretty cool insider info on how those rankings are equated by USNews and what she wants to do to improve Penn State's standing.
I'm also going to get to speak with Interim Dean, James Houck Navy JAG Ret. I'm really interested in applying for JAG. It's super competitive though, so we'll see.
3/17/17: Visit to Penn State Dickinson for Admitted Students Day. Really enjoyed it. Got to speak with a ton of students and a few faculty members. FWIW, it seemed a little more laid back amongst the students. I'm sure that there are some gunners, but some guys invited me out to the bar with them the night of Admitted Students Day and genuinely seemed to care about people coming to the school. These weren't the hand picked student panel kids either.
3/15/17: Accepted to Wisconsin via email. Waitlisted at Kentucky.
3/3/17: Duquesne offered $28,000 per year (remain in good academic standing).
3/2/17: Michigan State requested that I submit a video interview in which I respond to a few questions they presented. "What experiences have influenced you..." blah blah blah. MSU is considering me for a $10,000 scholarship. I wasn't all that excited about MSU anyway and I don't want to do an interview in hopes of being admitted. It's weird to me that they haven't even committed to accepting me and they're trying to lure me with a relatively small scholarship in comparison to others I've received from similarly ranked schools. Looks like I'll go 0/2 in my home state.
2/24/17: Accepted via email to Indiana. Kind of surprised I got in. Very surprised they offered me any money. $25,000 per year. Remain in good standing (2.3).
2/21/17: Received envelopes from Cincinnati, Hofstra, and Temple. Cincinnati offered $10,000 a year (maintain 2.0).
2/16/17: Package from Duquesne. Cup, sticker pen notepad etc along with some school info.
Accepted to Hofstra via email. Offered $40,000 per year. Contained a link to their scholarship requirements and info. They have a sort of sliding scale of how much of your scholarship you could potentially retain or lose depending on your class ranking. Long story short, remain in the top 50% to maintain the entire scholarship.
2/13/17: Accepted to Temple via email. Waitlisted at Tennessee (also email).
Syracuse changed their stipulation to simply remain in good academic standing (email). I spoke with them on the phone earlier and they mentioned they would probably be make this change, but it's nice to get it in writing.
2/11/17: Packet from Cardozo. 44,000 dollars per year. Only stip is to remain in good academic standing.
2/9/17: Penn State Dickinson increased their offer via email to full tuition plus a small stipend ($2,000 a year). Pretty excited about it. I like what I've heard from interim Dean Gildin in his interviews about graduating practice ready attorneys.
2/4/17: Received packets relaying same information from Marquette, Cumberland and Penn State Dickinson. Cumberland scholarship stipulation requires maintaining a 2.5 GPA.
1/31/17: Letters from Marquette and Nebraska relating same information from status checker.
1/30/17: Accepted via email to Marquette.
Waitlisted at Miami.
Received a voicemail from Cumberland informing me that I have been accepted and granted a full tuition scholarship.
1/27/17: Received package from Syracuse relaying same information as earlier phone call.
Package from West Virginia. It had been delivered to the wrong address. Contained scholarship information. Full tuition scholarship with stipulation that I remain in good academic standing (2.3).
Accepted to Penn State-University Park via email. Offered $36,000 per year.
1/26/17: Accepted to Penn State Dickinson via email. Offered $40,000 per year (remain in good academic standing).
1/25/17: Deferred by Wayne State via status checker.
1/24/17: Admitted to Stetson via status checker. $14,000 Merit Based Scholarship renewable each year. I received an email later that day relating the same information and letting me know the stipulation for the scholarship (2.25 GPA). Stetson was my first choice, but now I'll have to reconsider. Including the scholarship, I would still be paying around $27,400 for tuition each year. Plus fees and living expenses.
1/21/17: Received acceptance letter with scholarship info from Toledo. Full tuition scholarship. Only stip is to remain in good academic standing (2.0).
Received a package from FIU. 65% tuition scholarship. Stipulation: remain in the top 50% of the class or a 2.7 GPA.
1/20/17: Admitted to Drexel via email. Scholarship offer of $43,500 for first year. Renewable each year with the stipulation of maintaining a 2.95 GPA.
1/18/17: Admitted to WVU via status checker.
1/17/17: Admitted via phone call from Syracuse. Was offered 35k per academic year. Stipulation: maintain above a 2.8 GPA.
Admitted via snail mail to Arkansas. Offered $8000 first semester of 1L and $8000 second semester as long as I remain in good academic standing (2.0).
1/13/17: Admitted via email to Chicago Loyola. Offered Dean's Merit Scholarship of $20,000 per academic year. Stipulation: remain in good academic standing.
Admitted via status checker to Toledo.
12/21/16: Received a voicemail from Akron letting me know that I was accepted with a full tuition scholarship (24,214/yr). Stip: remain above 2.0. Received an email relaying the same information within a few hours.