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Deciding Where to Go => Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists => Topic started by: Jgunnz on March 28, 2005, 04:17:03 PM

Title: "Reserve" at Cornell
Post by: Jgunnz on March 28, 2005, 04:17:03 PM
In a letter dated March 22 and my name was placed on "reserve" at Cornell Law. Apparently it is list that helps Cornell keep in line with thier target admission level after they begin to hear back from students already accepted and from which their official waitlist is eventually created.

Is anyone else also on this list? Can anyone tell me what this means and how it differs from a wait-list?

Thanks.
Title: Re: "Reserve" at Cornell
Post by: Neub on March 28, 2005, 07:09:01 PM
Just out of curiousity, did you go to decision around Wednesday last week, or is this just out of the blue?
Title: Re: "Reserve" at Cornell
Post by: disgruntled on March 29, 2005, 10:30:58 AM
I got this letter too. I am under the assumption (and hope) that this really is a bit more than a glorified waitlist - because of cornell's super-small class size, the number of acceptances they dole out must unerringly be on the conservative side. I would venture to guess that at least a handful of the strongest candidates get pulled off this list, esp. this yr - as 1. again, they must lowball the number of acceptances 2. the number of ppl applying has dropped this yr  3. cornell generally seems to be the backup school for the rest of the T-14. My guess is that the vast majority of this list gets put on the "official waitlist" (as they put it) and a select few are rejected when all is said and done. And oh yea - I believe it is major bullsh*t when they say the list isn't ranked. I would put $$ on them privately ranking it for their own purposes - I have a hard time beleiving they would make such a list of several hundred people, and waste the time to go through each app blindly again without any context.
Anyways, this is all just what I have concocted in my mind - all other unfortunate souls on this list, please give us your take on it!
Title: Re: "Reserve" at Cornell
Post by: ScurvyWench on March 31, 2005, 02:31:55 PM
I'm on "reserve" as well. I will definitely be staying on this waitlist. At least until the home has been purchased in Houston. At that point, there's no going back. ;)

Good luck to everyone else who's been WLed too.
Title: Re: "Reserve" at Cornell
Post by: JAPAUL25 on March 31, 2005, 04:46:52 PM
where did you hear that cornell has less applications this yr?
Title: Re: "Reserve" at Cornell
Post by: Kwertee on March 31, 2005, 05:58:27 PM
I got on this list.  I don't think there is much hope of getting off of it.
Title: Re: "Reserve" at Cornell
Post by: cascagrossa on April 02, 2005, 02:40:07 PM
i got the letter today.  i guess im going to stay on it, but if i end up getting put on a waitlist im just going to withdraw.
Title: Re: "Reserve" at Cornell
Post by: AndyJay on April 02, 2005, 10:13:58 PM
I got my "reserve" letter today too, and I have to say that i'm anxious. I've heard that Boalt's waitlist is a sure rejection. I wonder if (a) the talk about Boalt is true, and (b) whether Cornell's "reserve" list is hopeless. According to the letter, it is not, and I'm hoping that this will blossom into an acceptance. Then again, i have no idea how i'm going to scrounge up the money to attend, but that's a different story. According to my letter, the list is "several hundred" in size.

Let's take a very rough estimate - say they have 20 spots available to us reserves. If the list is several hundred (let's say, 300), then about one in fifteen of us reserves will be accepted. My thought is that we retain an outside chance, but not a great chance to move into the lucky few. Frankly, I'd be happy to be the 180th person in! And I'm not complaining with my reserve spot. I'll pray to the law school gods tonight...

If anyone else has any insight about these "reserve" lists, please chime in.
Title: Re: "Reserve" at Cornell
Post by: amelliot on April 04, 2005, 11:54:20 AM
I'm also on reserve, got the letter today.  Good luck to everyone.
Title: Re: "Reserve" at Cornell
Post by: starrynite on April 04, 2005, 03:11:05 PM
i get to join the club today as well. the best part is that i was put on "reserve" by them before, back in december. not cool. like others said, i'm willing to stay on this "reserve" list, but i'm not having anything to do with their official "waitlist"-- there is only so long i'm willing to play this game with them. after all, i would rather go to a school that actually wants me; i'm getting a little tired of being their back-up applicant. you have until june cornell! then *I* dump you!
Title: Re: "Reserve" at Cornell
Post by: avalanchefan on April 04, 2005, 05:30:28 PM
I got the reserve letter today too.
Title: Re: "Reserve" at Cornell
Post by: heyitcouldbeworse on April 04, 2005, 08:44:21 PM
OK, I have some questions.  Where are you all geographically (those who got the reserve letter today) and whne did you notice that you got the decision prompt on the status check?  I just saw that I was at decision today, I think I last checked on Fri.  No e-mail yet, from what I've heard that's normal, but I'm fully 100% expecting a reserver at best.
Title: Re: "Reserve" at Cornell
Post by: miguel on April 05, 2005, 03:11:17 PM
I got placed on the "reserve" list too, and am not pleased about it. Sent in a letter along with the post card (did anyone else get a postcard with a "Columbia University Library 250th anniversary" stamp on it? That was pretty friggin' weird.)
Title: Re: "Reserve" at Cornell
Post by: tealight on April 06, 2005, 02:17:46 PM
The e-mail of withdrawal; is it not a beautiful thing?  I think of all the schools, Cornell has really been stringing people along.  I understand that they have a small class, but wouldn't you almost rather just be put on a wait list or rejected?  This half-nowhere situation is unbearable.
Title: Re: "Reserve" at Cornell
Post by: laestrella on April 07, 2005, 09:38:38 AM
I too have been placed on reserve.  I am also on Georgetown's waiting list.  It's bad enough that we had to wait so long to get a decision and now we have to wait even longer.  But I am definitely not taking myself off the list.  I feel like I deserve a decision.  I think that we all do, no matter what the outcome.  I would only take myself off if I felt that I would not go and to increase other peoples chances.  I wish all of you the best of luck
Title: Re: "Reserve" at Cornell
Post by: NontradMike on April 07, 2005, 05:17:27 PM
just found out today - i guess they mailed me a letter on tues. - i emailed the office - they let me know back by email that i was on reserve.  sure wish i could be happier about it, but its tough - i'd rather go there than harvard or upenn... in fact, if i don't get in cornell, i'm not going to school this year - i'll wait a year instead and try again next year.
Title: Re: "Reserve" at Cornell
Post by: NontradMike on April 26, 2005, 08:31:02 PM
helloooooooo....
Title: Re: "Reserve" at Cornell
Post by: jblawguy on April 27, 2005, 09:33:26 AM
I got placed on the "reserve" list too, and am not pleased about it. Sent in a letter along with the post card (did anyone else get a postcard with a "Columbia University Library 250th anniversary" stamp on it? That was pretty friggin' weird.)

Very environmental of them. Has anyone heard anything new from Cornell or are they still waiting until May to look at the reserve list?
Title: Re: "Reserve" at Cornell
Post by: jblawguy on April 27, 2005, 09:40:38 AM
I too have been placed on reserve.  I am also on Georgetown's waiting list.  It's bad enough that we had to wait so long to get a decision and now we have to wait even longer.  But I am definitely not taking myself off the list.  I feel like I deserve a decision.  I think that we all do, no matter what the outcome.  I would only take myself off if I felt that I would not go and to increase other peoples chances.  I wish all of you the best of luck
You would go to Cornell rather than stick with GWU and hope for a change at Georgetown? It seems simpler to just stick with a plan on living in DC rather than moving at the last minute to Ithaca, especially since Georgetown and GW are such good schools as is.
Title: Re: "Reserve" at Cornell
Post by: laestrella on April 27, 2005, 09:51:50 AM
I too have been placed on reserve. I am also on Georgetown's waiting list. It's bad enough that we had to wait so long to get a decision and now we have to wait even longer. But I am definitely not taking myself off the list. I feel like I deserve a decision. I think that we all do, no matter what the outcome. I would only take myself off if I felt that I would not go and to increase other peoples chances. I wish all of you the best of luck
You would go to Cornell rather than stick with GWU and hope for a change at Georgetown? It seems simpler to just stick with a plan on living in DC rather than moving at the last minute to Ithaca, especially since Georgetown and GW are such good schools as is.

I've pretty much decided on GW.  I think that it's a great school.  But I don't think that I would get off of Cornell's reserve nor Georgetown's waiting list.  I wouldn't be thrilled about moving to Ithaca either.  Right now I would like to get a decision from both schools.  I haven't submitted any supplemental information so I'm not expecting much neither am I dissapointed.  Being accepted to a good law school was my aim, and I've reached that.  I'm just looking forward to doing what ultimately matters:becoming a good lawyer.
Title: Re: "Reserve" at Cornell
Post by: siehead on April 27, 2005, 10:34:07 AM
good for you laestrella! I on the other hand am a rankings whore through and through, and would go to Georgetown or Cornell in an instant if they looked my way. But, in the end, here's to us both becoming good lawyers, or at least good people with law degree's one day.
Title: Re: "Reserve" at Cornell
Post by: jblawguy on April 27, 2005, 10:36:25 AM
good for you laestrella! I on the other hand am a rankings whore through and through, and would go to Georgetown or Cornell in an instant if they looked my way. But, in the end, here's to us both becoming good lawyers, or at least good people with law degree's one day.

Where are you going if the reserve/wait-lists don't work out, siehead?
Title: Re: "Reserve" at Cornell
Post by: Neub on April 27, 2005, 10:40:27 AM
good for you laestrella! I on the other hand am a rankings whore through and through, and would go to Georgetown or Cornell in an instant if they looked my way. But, in the end, here's to us both becoming good lawyers, or at least good people with law degree's one day.

lol...I second that motion. 
Title: Re: "Reserve" at Cornell
Post by: siehead on April 27, 2005, 11:53:30 AM
good for you laestrella! I on the other hand am a rankings whore through and through, and would go to Georgetown or Cornell in an instant if they looked my way. But, in the end, here's to us both becoming good lawyers, or at least good people with law degree's one day.

Where are you going if the reserve/wait-lists don't work out, siehead?
As of right now it looks like USC, the alumni is good and I will likely end up in Los Angeles so it isn't that bad of a backup for me. However, I am itching to get out of LA for a few years and would probably go to any of the 8 schools that haven't rejected me yet if given the chance (although I would have to think hard about UTA if they happen to accept me).
Title: Re: "Reserve" at Cornell
Post by: jblawguy on May 02, 2005, 08:00:48 PM
Has Cornell moved at all on the reserve list? Thanks!
Title: Re: "Reserve" at Cornell
Post by: siehead on May 03, 2005, 10:38:45 AM
Good question, my guess is no. Except maybe perhaps for a select few.
Title: Re: "Reserve" at Cornell
Post by: OnDayAtaTime on May 03, 2005, 10:42:41 AM
I got another letter telling me about my continuing reserve status. ( I was reserved in December) They said I would hear more at the end of May. I am so sick of this.
Title: Re: "Reserve" at Cornell
Post by: carly on May 03, 2005, 10:49:02 AM
I'm in the same boat as all of you. Personally, I don't care so much about Cornell anymore because I'm very happy with BC. I also have relatives who went to Cornell Law and they both said that because of the school's location, you have to really be in the top half of the class to have good prospects for employment. Who knows. I just wish the wait with Cornell would be over.
Title: Re: "Reserve" at Cornell
Post by: gratefuldead1212 on June 06, 2012, 07:52:49 PM
This is to give hope to all those people on the reserve, I just got accepted off of it!!!!!  I did put in a nominal amount of effort after I found out about being on reserve (btw found out in Dec, accepted June 6); I sent a new letter of recommendation from what I was doing this year, emailed them saying that if they offered me a seat I would accept, and I showed up at the admissions in Ithaca expressing my interest.  If you want it bad enough, make moves.   Not a guarantee, but there is still hope