All of these are Need-Based Fee Waivers..
Applied to a joint-degree program at Duke (J.D./M.A. in Economics).
11/4 - Recieved a small cream-colored envelope from Georgetown. Inside was a letter indicating I was admitted to their full time program for Fall 2006 with a personal note from Dean Cornblatt.
11/26 - Took a self-guided tour of Penn Law. GORGEOUS. Aside from the amazing facilities, its right across the street from like 5 bars. I was very impressed all around.
11/30 - It has been about a month since my first (and so far only) law school acceptance. I could sure use a big envelope/nice phone call right about now!
12/8 - Recieved an email from Virginia saying that my online status has changed and that a decision has been sent to my house. Now comes the waiting game..I'm really not expecting much (my money is on a deferral), but I guess we'll see.
12/12 - Deferred at Virginia, as expected. Came in a beige, thin envelope, with the letter dated 12/7/05. I'm pretty indifferent to the situation - though, of course, an admit would have been nice. Also, called UCLA and they told me I've been considered complete since they recieved my file from LSAC, so I estimated that date.
12/15 - Recieved a small white envelope from Penn dated December 9th stating that the admissions staff has decided to "hold" my application for further review. Better than a reject I guess! Not too thrilled about having to submit my new transcript to LSDAS, though. After all these deferrals, I'm really glad to have a Georgetown admission behind my back..
12/16 - Status checker on Cornell changed from Early Action Complete to Decision. Kind of nervous because Cornell sent out a bunch of admissions emails today and I didn't get one. ARGH! The next few days of waiting are going to KILL me.
12/17 - Recieved a package dated Dec. 15th from Boston College offering me admission. For some reason it was sent to my permanent address, so I have no idea what it looks like.
12/19 - Impatient me emailed Cornell to get my decision, and I found out I was put on Reserve and will be considered again after February (letter was sent out 12/14, I was told). Recieved a letter later in the day to reinforce it (small, white).
12/21 - Deferred at Duke via email. Accepted at GW via email.
12/28 - Deferred at NYU. Came in small, white envelope dated 12/22.
1/4 - Withdrew Virginia application. Thought it over and realized even a full ride wouldn't get me to choose Charlottesville over DC and Georgetown. Good luck Virginia applicants!
1/7 - Booked my flight and hotel room for Georgetown's open house on January 26th and 27th. REALLY excited.
1/9 - USC acceptances in large, white envelope. Letter dated January 6th. In the letter it says I have been selected for a scholarship too (will find out the amount in February). REALLY happy about this one!
1/11 - Invitation from USC to apply for Frank Rothman Scholars Program. Full ride + Summer Fellowship at Skadden. AWESOME!
1/12 - Waitlist at Northwestern via email. I was really hoping for an admit (obviously), so I'm a little disappointed. Still, I'm incredibly excited by my options thus far, and will consider whether or not I wish to remain on the waitlist later.
1/17 - Recieved an email from Michigan saying that my file has been reviewed by at least one faculty member, but they are waiting to make a decision. Have changed status to deferral.
1/18 - After scholarship offer from GW, I decided to withdraw from Boston College. Good luck BC applicants! Also, rejected from Stanford in a thin, beige envelope dated Jan. 13.
1/20 - University of Chicago rejection in the mail in a small, white envelope. Not surprised at all. Good luck Chicago applicants!
1/26-1/27 - Went to Georgetown for their Early Admitted Student's Reception. I was FLOORED by it. Aside from loving the location and facilities, more than anything I was taken back with how happy, smart, and collegial all of the students there were. Every one I spoke with (both on my own and those who the Law School put me in contact with) seemed extraordinarily delighted to be attending the school. Even the professors I met were extatic in their support for the Law Center. More than anything though, while there I truly felt like I was in a place where I can easily spend the next 3 years of my life and be happy.
2/3 - Large packet from GULC with information about their faculty and their international law program. Okay, this isn't really news, but I was tired of having nothing to update with!
2/3 (later that night) - ADMITTED AT UCLA VIA EMAIL!!!! Very excited!!! Way to break that deferral/waitlist/rejection streak!!
2/4 - Columbia rejection in a regular-sized, beige envelope (letter dated February 1st). No surprise there! Good luck Columbia applicants!
2/6 - Small package from GULC asking for my $250 seat deposit. Should I wait for Berkeley and my UCLA and USC visits? Hmmm. Also, withdrew from George Washington after a failed attempt to bargain my scholarship offer up.
2/11 - Large UCLA admissions packet. Not very helpful, except in letting me know how expensive the school is (same price as GULC?!?!). Will need some serious scholarship consideration to attend, considering the financial aid offer I will probably get from GULC..
2/15 - As I keep getting mailings from GW, I faxed them the letter that came along with my Presidential Merit Scholarship telling them, once again, that I will not be attending. Hopefully that money goes to someone who needs it now!
2/17 - Wow. E-mail from Berkeley welcoming me to their entering class.. followed shortly by an e-mail saying that it was a computer error. Thanks, Berkeley. Really.
2/21 - Recieved a call from Edward Tom over at Boalt. My heart was racing after I heard "Hi, this is Edward Tom from Berkeley," but to my dismay, it was not an admit. It was in response to a message I left at the admissions office before the correction e-mail went out. I'm still hoping the next time I hear from him it's good news! (but so far I'm 0-2)
2/25 - DUUUUUUKE acceptance via large envelope dated 2/23!!! Accepted to a joint-degree program, too (MA in Economics). Awesome! It will take some serious money for me to attend, but I'm thrilled to be admitted!!!
2/28 - Recieved a grant-award notification from UCLA via email. Roughly $7000. $7000?! You have got to be kidding me. My GULC offer is going to be around $20,000, I'm told. Promptly e-mailed UCLA and asked them to reconsider. Will wait for a response.
2/28 (continuted) - Waitlisted at Berkeley. Found out via phone call. Will work hard to turn this into an acceptance (correction: found out there's nothing I can do - will anxiously wait).
3/2 - Great news from UCLA. I appealed the grant amount they offered me and they were responsive. I will be recieveing a new need-based grant offer within a few days.
3/3 - Waitlisted at Michigan via e-mail. Will stay on the waitlist. (Apparently, I'm going from deferral king to waitlist king).
3/4 - Pretty nice mail day. Big GULC binder with a lot of helpful information (though most of it I got at their admitted students day). Also letter w/ CD from the Economics department of Duke welcoming me to their upcomming class, and a postcard from UCLA to boot. No new acceptances, but I feel so wanted :-)
3/13 - Scholarship offer came in the mail from USC. $10,000 is far too little to sway me there.
3/17 - Visited UCLA. Main campus is GORGEOUS. Great location. Law facilities are nice, but definitly not as nice as Georgetown. Sat in on a class and students were very, very bright and the professor was more than interesting (although, she was a visiting professor). Overall, I didn't feel any of that "wow" factor I got when I visited Georgetown, but I am going to wait for my scholarship award before I make a decision. It's a great school, no doubt about that.
3/18 - Withdrew from USC. Downtown LA sucks (the traffic is awful!!) and so does the scholarship I was offered. Besides, if I was going to go to school in LA I would much rather be a Bruin.
3/20 - PENN!!!!!!!!
3/21 - Still in absolute shock that I got into Penn. I can't make the admitted student's weekend though =( Will be there for the Penn Preview day. Also, got Duke's scholarship. Way too low. Will not go to the admitted student's day as a result.
3/22 - Withdrew from Duke. It was a tough decision, but I think it was the right one for me. Good luck Duke applicants!
3/29 - Called GULC and they told me they mailed my financial aid decision last Friday. They wouldn't tell me what I got over the phone, though! Bastards..
3/30 - Wahoo! MORE than generous financial aid offer came in the mail from Georgetown. Finally, being poor pays off!!
3/31 - See ya Northwestern. See ya Cornell (one Ivy League school if enough for me!) See ya NYU. See ya Michigan. On a side note, I also realized that I have a 7 admissions and my name is Lucky7. A little bit ironic, don't you think?
4/1 - Nothing in the mail but still head-over-heels for Penn Penn Penn Penn PENN!! I don't even want it to be Sunday tomorrow because it's a useless day in between me and my aid offer. It's sad when I start disliking the weekend..
4/4 - Faculty profiles sent to me from Penn. They are all amazing, but does everyone have to be a white male? Ah well, still in love :-)
4/6 - Rejected at NYU AFTER I withdrew? Ah well. Letter dated March 30th (so they rejected me a day before I withdrew). In any event, this definitly puts an end to my cycle, minus Boalt. Just waiting on my Penn financial aid!
4/10 - Penn offer sealed the deal. Not as high as Georgetown, unfortunately, but since they are nearly equal offers the first year and I plan on getting a firm job both 1L and 2L (I actually am pretty confident I can do this), I will have no problem paying the extra. Thus, I am Philadelphia bound!! I'm going to take a week or two to withdraw from the other schools, though. Sorry if you are waiting for a spot.
4/11 - Sent deposit to Penn.
4/20 - Withdrew from GULC. It was hard to do, but I know I won't head there over Penn. I'll miss you DC (perhaps I'll see you in 3 years!)
4/24 - Withdrew from UCLA. Was hesitant to do so because I absolutely love California and the location that the campus is in.. but since they threw no money at me other than need-based, I couldn't possibly attend.
5/15 - Got my place on Boalt's waitlist (3rd quartile) and decided to withdraw. On that note, my admission's season has come to an end. Go Quakers!!!
GW - $10,000/year Presidential Merit Scholarship for 3 years
USC - $10,000/year
UCLA - $11,800/year need-based grant (negotiated up from $7,000)
Duke - $5,000/year + $1,000 for the summer-start (includes merit and need)
Georgetown - $24,000/$22,300/$22,300 need-based grant money. ($68,600 total)!!
Penn - $19,100/$15,280/$9,550 need-based grant money. ($43,930 total)