Sent = when I submitted the application
Received = when the school requested the report.
Complete = When complete (set to decision date if i'm not notified)
Decision = When I got my decision.
8/28 At USC and very happy about it. I would have loved to get into Michigan, but in retrospect, that's probably the only school that I look back and wish I had gotten into. Otherwise, I can't be happier. All decision dates for Waitlist schools are when i got waitlisted, not when I got finally turned down. It's interesting that I hadn't even really considered USC at the beginning, but threw it in as another school "in my range" (which turned out to be an optimistic range).
For the record, at the beginning of the summer I wrote to Michigan and asked to be considered for a deferral for a year if that would get me in. They rejected that, but they did keep me on their waitlist until the end despite my fairly poor numbers.
4/26 I'm a few days away from my visit to USC, and I'm still sure that's where I want to go (over Emory). Though it hurts, I'm going to withdraw from Emory so I hope someone nice gets the spot. For now, I'm staying on all the wait lists.
4/21 Back from visiting USC and LA. I really liked the school, so I've renumbered my preferences. I need a few days to ponder it before I say for sure that I'd rather go to USC than Emory, but that's the way I'm leaning for now; I'll put up the A to signify that. I think I'd still take a Vandy waitlist offer if it came relatively soon, but as we get closer, that may not be true. I think I need to eliminate UCLA from consideration as realistically I'm not going to go back to LA to visit again, and I'd be stupid to give up a school similar in rank and options that I liked for one that I'd never visited. I'd still go without question to Michigan or Texas if I got in off the wait list, and probably though not assuredly Cornell. All unranked options I'll probably withdraw from shortly.
4/12 Withdrawing from W&M. I'm sad to do it, but in the end I know that I'd rather Emory and Atlanta with the money they've offered. With this, I'm submitting my deposit for Emory despite the very real possibility that I'll pick USC instead.
4/8 Waitlisted at Vanderbilt. Came home from Atlanta on Sunday to find it in my box. I had gotten the decision mailed date on 4/2.
3/31 Came back from my trip to Williamsburg to find a letter from Cornell letting me know that I've been placed on "Reserve." A rose by any other name: I'm putting it up as a wait list. I had assumed that was the best i could get after such a long wait.
3/31 I was rejected for Financial Aid by USC. How's it feel to get a letter rejecting you from a school you're already accepted to? Oh well. that'll make my decision harder, i'm sure.
3/26 Withdrew from BU
3/21 Got a scholarship offer from Emory for $54,000 over three years. That makes tuition about $17,000/year. Just a note: I didn't submit the scholarship/aid form.
3/15 Sorry for all the confusion. My roommate confirmed that it was actually USC and not UCLA. A bit disappointing, but it's better than a kick in the shins.
3/14 Possibly Accepted at UCLA after being waitlisted mid February. I'm not home, so my roommate opened it for me. It was a small envelope saying that the acceptance packet was following in the mail. I'm ecstatic. Someone has mentioned that my roommate may have misread USC as UCLA in which case I'll have to change this. Status changed back to simply Waitlist until and if confirmation is received. Stay tuned.
3/12 Waitlisted by UT. Found out via the status checker. I'm officially bummed.
3/7 Rejected by UVa. It came two days after my status checker went to decision in a small envelope. No surprise there!
3/2 Waitlisted by e-mail at Michigan. I'm fairly disappointed since it's my number one, but I guess having a chance at eventual acceptance is superior to being flat out rejected. Plus, my numbers never were going to take me far at Michigan. I've asked another prof for a recommendation, I'll send a LOCI soon and I'm pretty much willing to take any spot at any time they offer me (perhaps absent a UT acceptance). We'll see if any of that makes a difference in the end. I'm very far down the totem pole in terms of the numbers of the waitlist pool. In some ways, I think the only reason I got on the waitlist was because they liked my PS, essays and LORs already. I'm not sure how much more appealing I can make it!
2/22 Rejected at Duke. It came to my permanent address in a thin envelope. I expected it, but it's still disheartening. It's been a long time since I've gotten good news. To the next law school to respond: please stop this trend!
2/17 "Priority" waitlist at BC. I think they're trying to see if i care enough to send a letter of continued interest. This one doesn't bother me at all other than it's yet another negative response. I'm withdrawing.
2/16 Waitlisted at UCLA. It came in a normal envelope that was a little thicker than normal (for the return card). A little disappointed, but as I didn't think i'd get any love from them it's not too bad.
1/31/07 Waitlisted at GW. That sucks. It was a letter to my CURRENT address (in DC).
1/29/07 Boalt Rejection came to my permanent address today (why is everything going there?!). I'm really not that phased since i was expecting the rejection, and it's not one of my top picks regardless. Oh well.
1/16/07 Emory acceptance came today. I'm really glad to get it. Now my safeties are pretty much out of the way, I'd love to get some targets (or god help me, reaches). The acceptance came to my permanent address.
1/3/07 I got an e-mail from Michigan basically saying they had reviewed my file once, but weren't ready to make a decision. I think it's a mass e-mail thing sent to everyone complete there right now. For LSN's sake, i'm treating it as a deferral email.
12/21 I got a phone call from BU accepting me! They say they're sending my information by mail to my permanent address. I needed some good news after 4 straight nonacceptances. I don't know about money or anything like that yet. A note for BU: My complete date is pretty late because I forgot to give them the Dean's Certification until a little later.
12/18 Deferred at Boston College. That DOES make me 0 for 4 in the Early Action category. And three deferrals. Very strange.
12/15 Deferred at Cornell. Again, pretty disappointed, but I guess I didn't expect to get in although I thought there was an outside chance. It was by snail mail in a regular envelope. I've already sent the postcard for continued interest back -- although judging by LSN, there doesn't appear to be much success after a deferral.
I'm currently 0 for 3 with EA schools, I wonder if Boston College will make that a perfect shutout?
12/13 Held at UT. I'm pretty bummed, but I guess this is better than rejection. I hope I don't have to wait too long to hear for good. This is kind of torture.
Also, I got an incomplete notice from USC for accidentally not checking the box for first time applicant.
12/8 First rejection. It's from Georgetown. I always assumed that'd be the result, although I had hoped applying FT/PT might help a little. It's okay though. Of all the schools that I expect to reject me, GULC was the one I wanted to go to least. For future reference, it was a regular white envelope. I got it one day after my status went to "Decision" on GULC's status checker.
12/4 First Acceptance from W&M! It came to my permanent address (my parent's house), so they're sending it on to me. Apparently it's in-state tuition plus 3k/yr stipend plus a graduate work thingy worth 4k a year. That makes tuition a very reasonable 8k a year.
Chiashu Numbers (from worst chances to best, using most recent data available):
1. Boalt - 15%
2. Virginia - 18%
3. Michigan - 22%
4. Duke - 23%
5. Georgetown* - 25.4%**
6. UCLA - 31%
7. Cornell - 31%
8. Texas - 40%
9. USC - 42%
10. GWU - 51%
11. Vandy - 52%
12. Boston College - 52%
13. William and Mary - 53.8%**
14. Emory - 74.5%**
15. Boston University - 76%**
* Applying both PT and FT
** Using my old GPA (without last semester's grades) because I got my decision without them.
GCoop's Index Numbers http://www.lsatreport.com/table.php
Only listing included schools:
1 Boalt - 21/100
2 Duke 29/100
3 Cornell 39/100
4 USC 53/100
5 Vanderbilt 57/100
6. GWU 72/100
7. Boston University - 75/100
8. Boston College - 80/100
9. William and Mary 90/100
10. Emory Above Range