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Law School Admissions / Re: Boalt - "Passed initial review"
« on: January 26, 2007, 10:31:10 AM »
There are definitely too many people in this thread freaking out about not getting the e-mail.  It either means 1) your application is still under review in the initial stages 2) you were held for further consideration, 3) you were rejected, and you'll hear soon, or 4) you were accepted, and you'll hear soon.

You forgot 5) you were waitlisted and you'll hear soon.

Possibly, but my understanding of the interview posted by Data (http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=950) is that only the Faculty Commitee creates the waitlist and the initial review has three options: 1) admit, 2) deny, or 3) send to Faculty Committee.


most people who are "freaking out" about not getting the e-mail applied before December, so there is no way number 1 would apply.



If you can point to somewhere that says "all applicants applying before December will undergo the initial review before the end of January" by all means you are correct.  I've never seen such a statement, so I think there's no reason to assume that the initial review will never take more than two months.


number 3 IS a reason to freak out,

True, but my point is that not getting this e-mail does not equal a rejection.



and number 4 isn't really relevant to those who don't have auto-admit numbers.

Not necessarily true.  According to the interview referenced above, of about 7100 applicants, about 550 people are accepted via the initial review.  About another 200 people are accepted via the Faculty Committee.  The number of initial admits (550) divided by the total number of admits (750) means that about 73% of the admitted applicants come from the initial review.  Unfortunately we can't use the 25/75 score percentiles or index numbers to make any conclusions because those are only measures of attending students (not all admitted applicants), but I would doubt that the top 73% of admitted students all have scores above the attending student score medians.  Additionally, I'll note there are several acceptences on LSN with index scores that are "in range" according to www.lsatreport.com, and the interview referenced above never indicates that only "auto-admit" candidates are accepted via the initial review.

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Law School Admissions / Re: Boalt - "Passed initial review"
« on: January 25, 2007, 08:14:22 PM »
There are definitely too many people in this thread freaking out about not getting the e-mail.  It either means 1) your application is still under review in the initial stages 2) you were held for further consideration, 3) you were rejected, and you'll hear soon, or 4) you were accepted, and you'll hear soon.

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Financial Aid / Re: More than 6 schools - Fafsa
« on: January 24, 2007, 12:56:21 PM »
Another school responded:

"You need to leave *school name* on your list until the first part of Feb.  If you want to e-mail me then after Feb. 10th I can check and make sure *school name* has your information and then you can remove *school name*."


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Financial Aid / Re: More than 6 schools - Fafsa
« on: January 22, 2007, 06:45:25 PM »
Another school responded to my question about whether or not they received my SAR.  Here is their response:

"Hello. You can replace information once a school has recieved your
FAFSA. I just checked and as of today we do not have your FAFSA, we pull
them in every week and will do so again tomorrow Tuesday the 23rd.
Once we have your info it will be safe to take the code off. Thanks and
have a nice day."

So, who doesn't know how FAFSA works - the Federal Student Aid customer service rep or the schools?  Has anyone else contacted their schools to check on status and had a school say something consistent with the FSA customer service rep?

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: What's up with Mercer
« on: January 22, 2007, 10:29:12 AM »
I applied. It was kind of a last minute decision, but I'm going for a visit next month.  I don't know much about the school other than what is says on the website.

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Financial Aid / Re: More than 6 schools - Fafsa
« on: January 22, 2007, 09:49:35 AM »
At one point I was told that simply listing a school on your FAFSA application does not mean the school will automatically be sent your SAR.  They have to request your SAR before you take them off your list.  I do not believe this to be true.  Can anyone confirm?

http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/fotw0708/help/schoolfaq05.htm

I hope that is not true...anyone have any evidence either way?

I contacted one of my schools to check on the status of my application.  I asked if they had received my SAR (2 weeks passed since I filed the FAFSA). Their response: "The main campus office has not begun the process of downloading FAFSA information for 2007-2008; check back in a couple of weeks."

Their response lends support to the idea that the school does not automatically recieve your SAR when you submit the FAFSA.  Anyone else have any firsthand info?

More quotes from the FAFSA website:

http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/faq006.htm
"Any school(s) you have listed on your FAFSA can request a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) electronically once your application has been processed."

http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/faq014.htm
"If I want to apply to more than six schools, what do I do?
Submit your application with the first six schools listed. After your application is processed and you receive your Student Aid Report (SAR), go to the FAFSA on the Web home page and select "Make Corrections to a Processed Application" under the FAFSA Follow-up sections. Add up to six additional schoools on your application.
Note: You may have to remove some schools from your application to add new ones."

The "note" is very strange.

The University of Arizona seems to indicate that schools will not get your SAR if you remove the school and the schools hasn't obtained your SAR yet.

http://www.law.arizona.edu/Finaid/howtoapply.htm
"File an online correction adding The University of Arizona to numbers 86 to 96 of the FAFSA if the institution is not already listed. Please assure that the school being removed has already received your information."


EDIT:
Ok, I finally got through to a customer service rep at the Federal Student Aid processing center, and the rep told me that you don't have to worry about schools not receiving your FAFSA if you remove the first six schools. Even though you don't see them online, they are there.  Your list of schools is stored in a database, and each school then goes to the website and downloads your SAR at its leisure.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: convince me
« on: January 18, 2007, 06:06:52 PM »
This is a difficult question because if you get in to Yale, you're probably getting full rides at many of the schools ranked 8-20.

Assuming no scholarships, no in-state tuition at any schools... Stanford.

1) It's part of the unholy trinity H-Y-S (which allows you any job you could ever want).

2) It's in Paulo Alto.  Ever want to be surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges, within driving distance of a beach, and have great weather year-round?

3) They have a great LRAP program if you decide against BigLaw.

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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Full ride
« on: January 18, 2007, 03:07:43 PM »
Another Texas Tech here. I think their scholarships are largely numbers-oriented (based on LSN review).

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Financial Aid / Re: More than 6 schools - Fafsa
« on: January 18, 2007, 10:28:05 AM »
At one point I was told that simply listing a school on your FAFSA application does not mean the school will automatically be sent your SAR.  They have to request your SAR before you take them off your list.  I do not believe this to be true.  Can anyone confirm?

http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/fotw0708/help/schoolfaq05.htm

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Free Visit?
« on: January 16, 2007, 11:53:12 AM »
It depends on the school. I know Pacific (McGeorge) does it.

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