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Title: Minnesota Deadline Extension- What does this mean?
Post by: CoupDeGlace on March 17, 2008, 10:19:36 PM
I noticed that the University of Minnesota extended its deadline to April 01. I've been considering sending off an application and received a fee waiver from them the other day, but I really am wondering if it's worth it at this point in the cycle? It's definitely a school I would attend, but it's a reach.

When schools extend their deadline like this, what does it indicate? I know that the more applications they get, the better it looks for them. But would a school like Minnesota (or Georgetown, or GWU) be doing this to resort to cheap numbers-boosting tactics, or are they looking for quality applicants?

Title: Re: Minnesota Deadline Extension- What does this mean?
Post by: boilerguy84 on March 18, 2008, 12:17:26 AM
i was wondering the same thing. the email they sent kind of bugged me because it was addressed to the wrong person. To make matters worse, it's not even a common name. Nor is it anywhere near my name in the alphabet.

"Dear Noele Aabye De Hernandez,"

Yeah, that's not me.  ???
Title: Re: Minnesota Deadline Extension- What does this mean?
Post by: Trivium on March 18, 2008, 12:32:38 AM
i was wondering the same thing. the email they sent kind of bugged me because it was addressed to the wrong person. To make matters worse, it's not even a common name. Nor is it anywhere near my name in the alphabet.

"Dear Noele Aabye De Hernandez,"

Yeah, that's not me.  ???

Wow.....weird, Same thing happened to me, exact same name was used as well. I was like seriously its half arabian and half mexican. Anyway, I replied in email so I'll report back on what they say.
Title: Re: Minnesota Deadline Extension- What does this mean?
Post by: Fountainhead on March 18, 2008, 02:46:52 AM
Reminds me of making the band, that episode where Diddy went out and recruited a whole new crop of guys even though almost all the beds in the house were filled.  He didn't add anymore beds, instead he made everyone compete for the same number of beds as before.
Title: Re: Minnesota Deadline Extension- What does this mean?
Post by: SabrinaK on March 18, 2008, 06:57:31 AM
I got the email with the random name too.  Either someone wasn't on the ball, or it's just a cheap way to boost numbers.
Title: Re: Minnesota Deadline Extension- What does this mean?
Post by: Team Awesome on March 18, 2008, 07:24:41 AM
Last week I got waitlisted via email. Then an hour later I got someone else's waitlist email. I guess that's better than getting an acceptance meant for someone else.
Title: Re: Minnesota Deadline Extension- What does this mean?
Post by: mpk1516 on March 18, 2008, 07:27:59 AM
I was deferred in December. I received an email from them last month basically stating that they are still waiting to see if there are better applicants and that they hope I will put a deposit somewhere else and then switch to them if offered after April 15.

I take it they are having a rough cycle when you consider emails like this along with the deadline extension.
Title: Re: Minnesota Deadline Extension- What does this mean?
Post by: Trivium on March 18, 2008, 08:33:02 AM
well, i emailed them and they said that they had a major computer error yesterday. They were nice enough to attach a fee waiver when I requested in the email. I just decided I'm not going to apply though because I would feel bad for the guy in this threat waiting to get in off deferral.
Title: Re: Minnesota Deadline Extension- What does this mean?
Post by: boilerguy84 on March 18, 2008, 09:51:17 AM
I got the email too, but they put my real name  :)

you must be special in the eyes of those at umn.

i'm not going to apply anyway because it's so late in the cycle, but that email left a sour taste in my mouth.  >:(
Title: Re: Minnesota Deadline Extension- What does this mean?
Post by: twiggy386 on March 18, 2008, 02:31:51 PM
I got the email too, but they put my real name  :)

Maybe you're actually Noele Aabye de Hernandez?
Title: Re: Minnesota Deadline Extension- What does this mean?
Post by: Bulldog86 on March 18, 2008, 05:42:36 PM
I got the weird-name email too! I thought it might be some kind of scam, with fake links to some off-shore server that I could enter my information for someone to steal. Since the links seemed to be legit, and then I saw this here, I guess UMN is just really sloppy.
Title: Re: Minnesota Deadline Extension- What does this mean?
Post by: CoupDeGlace on March 18, 2008, 09:15:29 PM
The email situation is interesting...

What's turning out to be the biggest deterrent for me is the fact they want a "Why Minnesota?" I have reasons why I'd love to go there... but I'm so drained that I can't really figure out a good way to stick in a Why Minnesota paragraph without it just seeming lame. If I can somehow garner up the enthusiasm this week, I'll send it. If not... oh well.

Title: Re: Minnesota Deadline Extension- What does this mean?
Post by: Papa Bear on March 18, 2008, 09:18:36 PM
The email situation is interesting...

What's turning out to be the biggest deterrent for me is the fact they want a "Why Minnesota?" I have reasons why I'd love to go there... but I'm so drained that I can't really figure out a good way to stick in a Why Minnesota paragraph without it just seeming lame. If I can somehow garner up the enthusiasm this week, I'll send it. If not... oh well.



Interesting. Last year they required a second essay but didn't require be a "why Minnesota" essay.
Title: Re: Minnesota Deadline Extension- What does this mean?
Post by: CoupDeGlace on March 18, 2008, 09:34:51 PM
The email situation is interesting...

What's turning out to be the biggest deterrent for me is the fact they want a "Why Minnesota?" I have reasons why I'd love to go there... but I'm so drained that I can't really figure out a good way to stick in a Why Minnesota paragraph without it just seeming lame. If I can somehow garner up the enthusiasm this week, I'll send it. If not... oh well.



Interesting. Last year they required a second essay but didn't require be a "why Minnesota" essay.

It's not necessary an entire separate essay, but somewhere in the personal statement there has to be mention of your reason for wanting to go to Minnesota. This in theory shouldn't be difficult... but I don't think that if I spoke from the heart and told them that one of the biggest reasons was, after their great international law faculty, they have a law school ice hockey team, that I'd be taken very seriously.  :D