02/01 - Notified by mail of acceptance to Loyola-New Orleans and $15000 annual renewable merit scholarship.
02/06 - E-mail from LSU saying bulk of application decisions won't be made until between April and June! wtf. I should be an auto-accept at LSU. I hope that was just a mass e-mail and that I can get a decision from them by the end of March. We'll see.
02/17 - Notified by e-mail of acceptance to Tulane! I was a bit surprised actually, considering my LSAT number is near their low end. Maybe they want to boost their Midwestern numbers. Decisions of merit aid to come in mail soon.
02/20 - Big envelope from Tulane with no mention of merit $, so assuming I get 0. :-( This means I'll be considered for need-based $, but who knows how much of that they're giving out? Hopefully I can get a piece of that -- otherwise it would probably be fiscally irresponsible for me to attend Tulane.
03/02 - Waiting isn't so fun -- and honestly, based on my numbers, I'm only holding out real hope for SLU and LSU. Based on SLU's admits so far, I think I should get in there and get some merit $. Let's hope so, because if that's the case, that'd probably be where I'll end up going unless Tulane comes up with a decent need-based package.
03/02 - Accepted at LSU! Two small white envelopes, one with acceptance notice and the other with deposit deadline of April 1st. No mention of $ at all...do they give merit scholarships at LSU upon admission?
03/06 - Waiting on Iowa, Illinois, and SLU . . . . . and waiting . . . . . my files have long been complete with all of them, so I don't know what's holding them back, although I can at least dream that it's because they are struggling over how much more scholarship money to offer me. Yeah....right. :-|
03/09 - I finally received the big white envelope of love from SLU today. Or so I thought. Yes, I was accepted. But with no mention of scholarship money, I am stunned. Based on what others have reported being offered, I was expecting $8-15K per year. It's like a big fuck you. Nevertheless, it's now an option.
03/09 - I e-mailed Illinois and Iowa admissions to ask for status updates. Got a reply back from Illinois 9 minutes later saying that my file is in committee and being reviewed now and that I may hear something in 1-2 weeks. No word back from Iowa. If I miraculously got accepted to either Iowa or Illinois, it would be hard for me to turn down, especially Illinois with in-state tuition. Iowa wouldn't be bad either at full price, since that's what it looks like I'm going to be stuck with anyway with my other schools (besides Loyola New Orleans).
03/10 - E-mail reply from Iowa: my file has been placed on hold, and I'll be updated on its status on or before April 1.
03/22 - Withdrawing my apps from LSU (by mail) and Loyola-New Orleans (by e-mail)
03/26 - Received letter of rejection from UIUC.
03/26 - Received letter with option to be waitlisted at Iowa. I'll be pulling my name off that. I'd have gone there if accepted, but the waitlist would probably be a long shot.
03/27 - Received letter from Tulane with a notice of $2,500 annual need-based scholarship. It may be small considering cost of attendance is $52,000, but it is definitely appreciated. ;-)
03/30 - First committment deposit sent to Tulane, withdrawing apps from SLU and requesting removal from Iowa waitlist.
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FALL 2006: Tulane Law School - New Orleans, Louisiana!