Ellis - You have the right attitude. Really, you do. As I've been saying all along. . .ya'll are 99% in, basically you just need to go through and finish SI. They picked you out of a big pool of people. If you want the exact numbers, ask Wende she should give you some idea. Basically they took possible rejections & read, re-read essays and the ADCOMMs decided on you. They want you to get in. This is not sink or swim, it's more like here's the life jacket please help us help you.
The guy who didn't come back didn't exactly fail. As far as I know, all of us passed. He decided not to attend law school because of personal reasons. I don't want to get into detail but his mother had a medical emergency in the middle of the program & I think he ultimately decided not to come back.
On financial aid. . .you need to fill out FAFSA if you haven't already. As far as the loan, there will be money available to you even if you wait til you are fully accepted. BUT. . .most of us went & talked to Julie during the program. You can fill out everything you need but the funds will not be available until you are fully accepted (obviously). But there should be no delay in getting your tuition paid/refund for living expenses.
Computers/supplies/books. . .You can buy your laptop but most of us (who bought a new one) bought one towards the end of the program. You don't necessarily need to get the computer DU recommends so shop around & go talk to the tech guys to get your computer set up. There's really no other school supplies necessary. . .maybe just some pen & paper if you want. Books/commercial outlines, etc. . .get those after you find out your schedule. . .I recommend Amazon/SBA bookstore. We ended up getting 2 free books from SI last year & one was required for my LP class.
They're charging you to live in the dorms this year?! Wow, that sucks. Guess it is kinda nice to be the experimental group sometimes. I guess it's better than paying for a hotel (which I was going to do last year until they told us it was free). There's a lot of benefits to living in the dorms with SI people. You get A LOT closer & really bond with the people than those who opt to commute from home.
Good luck with the program & let me know if you have any questions. Oh, & start loving the word "AGAIN". . .cracks me up every time.