« on: November 24, 2005, 12:48:38 PM »
thanks for the tips - i added st. john's and hofstra to my "considering" list. i like their late application deadlines.
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« on: November 23, 2005, 08:16:19 PM »
sure, baylor is better ranked than cooley, but i rank lansing, michigan above waco, texas geographically. both because i'm a bit of a northerner snob, and because my family would be 5 hours away and not 50.
i've been trying to get detailed financial aid info but it's hard to come by. i'm realizing i'll have to make a lot of personal inquiries. i'm sure there are other schools between baylor and cooley on the risibility scale that would give me money - i just need to find which ones they are.
my numbers are 168 and a 3.55 (upward split), with public interest, graduate degree and leadership.
« on: November 23, 2005, 09:32:28 AM »
i'm competitive at T14 schools, but i'm thinking about cooley (seriously). simply because i plan to go into legal gadflying, and i can't afford to have a whole lot of debt with this choice of career. cooley has no application fee and they're saying i'm guaranteed a 100%-of-tuition scholarship based on my LSAT score. plus i definitely like cooley's chutzpah and its diversity.
what really concerns me about cooley is not the reputation, but the cosmological dropout rate: 27.3% in first year, 19.5% in second year. does anybody know what the story is there?
does anybody know any good references that go into detail about financial aid at different institutions? the best i have so far is an old version of barron's guide, and the information there is none too systematic. i need to know things like how much merit vs. need-based, whether out-of-staters are as eligible for aid as in-staters, what criteria are weighed most heavily for merit-based aid, and what sorts of aid are available to internationals.
informal advice about these issues is welcome as well. thanks if you can help.
« on: November 21, 2005, 02:12:19 PM »
everyone i've spoken to about northeastern (mostly northeastern-affiliated folks, but some presumably reliable others as well, such as my school's pre-law advisor) cites the noncompetitive atmosphere is one of northeastern's selling points. there are no grades there either, just written evaluations.
« on: November 16, 2005, 04:49:26 PM »
Also, you know that you have to fund it yourself to go to a top US school so you can't be that needy.
when it comes to loans and financial aid, states and schools differ. for example, if i go to law school here in massachusetts, i could get loans from the state. in new york, i'm told, i couldn't. some schools told me that they give financial aid to international students, while others said they don't. unfortunately i didn't take careful enough notes, or i would post a list.
« on: November 16, 2005, 04:44:31 PM »
york doesn't either, but it mercifully reports letter grades, which i converted to GPA based on the letter-to-number conversion chart on the LSAC site: http://www.lsac.org/LSAC.asp?url=/lsac/faqs-and-support-lsdas.asp#9. the chart also offers a conversion formula for percentages.
regarding a phd - everything i've heard suggests that graduate education is a significant soft factor.
« on: November 10, 2005, 09:51:55 PM »
i attended the northeastern open house too - drove out from western mass. i didn't learn much about the program that i didn't already know from reading up on the school, but i am very glad i got a chance to talk to some people. the faculty seemed like a really cool, genuine group of people.
what i didn't get to check out is what i've been told is northeastern's weakness - a bad library.
i didn't get the impression that the women and minority numbers were quotas. bragging about high diversity percentages is just something that schools do. i suspect northeastern was bragging about its success at attracting minorities, rather than informing us that it plays heavy favorites in admissions. that being said, most law schools consider diversity a desideratum and will favor racial minorities (along with mature students, students from low-income backgrounds, students who have overcome hardships, etc.). i don't see this as particularly unfair, since white nonpoor males have an easier ride in life than students who are given special consideration in admissions.