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Acceptances / Strange Catholic Mix-up
« on: March 14, 2005, 05:43:59 PM »
Last week I received my acceptance letter from Catholic. Today I came home to find another letter from Catholic in the mail. I opened it only to find that the letter itself was addressed to someone else!

Instead of being addressed to Kait Smith, it was addressed to "Different first name" Smith, whose address is states away from mine.

The letter congratulated her on her acceptance and said that, based on her credentials and personal accomplishments, CUA recognizes that she faces a challenging decision in selecting which law school to attend. It goes on to invite her to the Introduction to CUA 2-Day Program for admitted students and then some other open house opportunities later in April.

I frantically ran to retrieve my original acceptance letter to ensure that, yes, it was my name on the top of that one! Fortunately it was. I'm calling them tomorrow to let them know about the mixup, but now I'm curious. Do all students get this second letter or only ones who seem less inclined to choose Catholic bc of high numbers or something? Hmm...

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Law School Applications / Re: Harvard B-school hackers
« on: March 10, 2005, 01:20:38 PM »
If trying to access the admitted students' site prior to receipt of your decision is hacking, that is absolutely ridiculous. If you know the format of the username/password, why not try? Every applicant is dying to find out if they are in and if you happen to find out that you are before the letter arrives, so what? You didn't steal someone else's info or anything - the decision to admit you had already been made and access had already been granted. So what if you didn't see the letter telling you that. You wouldn't have been able to access the site if you weren't admitted, so where's the harm? If you try and are successful, you are allowed to be there. If you try and are unsuccessful, you can't get in. Big deal.

I don't know exactly what happened with the Harvard students. I just wanted to mention how silly I think it is to get all upset bc students (not necessarily the Harvard B-school ones, just in general) may be trying to access admitted students' sites to find out.

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Acceptances / Re: So if Villanova has not reviewed my file yet...
« on: March 10, 2005, 01:02:48 PM »
If you haven't already, I'd contact them and ask for specific information on when they expect to finish reviewing your file, particularly given their April 1 deadline and the April 15 deadlines that follow it.

Is April 1st the first deposit deadline? What deadline is April 15th?

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This is just a guess, but maybe the reason LSN seems to indicate that most acceptances had come out by March last year is that many of the LSN participants sent in early apps (which is not true of the entire applicant pool) and, as a result, received decisions accordingly. Also, keep in mind that LSN is only giving you a glimpse of the overall applicant pool and, in my opinion, one that is skewed toward the higher (better numbers) applicants who would tend to have decisions sooner rather than later.

Also, if you check out many law school's websites, you will find admitted student's days in both March and April. This implies to me that some students will not find out in time for the March date, yet are accepted in March in time for the April one.

Take what you will from this, though, because I am still waiting on three apps and my optimistic post helps me feel better!  :P

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Acceptances / Re: how have ppl already heard from nova?
« on: March 01, 2005, 01:28:11 PM »
My best guess is that they are only letting a few obvious acceptances trickle out and then maybe the rest (those they had to thoroughly evaluate) find out at the end of March?

I know a friend who got accepted already - 161 avg. LSAT and 3.66 GPA.

Some people have to be getting accepted because if you look on the website, they have an admitted students day March 5th (this weekend).

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: twarga
« on: March 01, 2005, 12:05:27 PM »
Just wanted to add that, even though I am not hugely active on these boards, when I am around I always look forward to reading Twarga's posts because 1) she applied to several schools I applied to and has given lots of helpful info. concerning her visits, application results, and overall impressions (Temple included - I felt the same way, Twarga!) and 2) she's from DE as I am

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Personal Statement / Re: one bad grade
« on: February 28, 2005, 08:42:46 PM »
I really think you are needlessly worrying about that one C+. I can understand being concerned because it was a law-related course and was taught by a professor at the law school, however you have to keep things in perspective. The adcomms are going to see that you have taken nearly 40 other courses throughout your undergrad years and earned good grades in all of those. One less-than-remarkable grade (even in a course with law-related material) is not going to change the overall impression your cumulative GPA will give. I'd personally advise against an addendum addressing it because it would simply draw undue attention to this one uncharacteristic grade.

If it helps any, think about this - those adcomms probably want your 3.7 in their stats so that they can bump up their numbers, pretty much regardless of the actual composition of the GPA (barring a collection of D's and F's).

Good luck - I'm sure you'll be fine!

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Acceptances / Re: Villanova Acceptance Question
« on: February 22, 2005, 08:05:54 PM »
Thanks!

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: hold vs waitlist
« on: February 22, 2005, 05:33:12 PM »
I think a hold is better than a waitlist. If you are on hold, they want to compare you to the rest of the applicant pool once they get the rest of their applications. They have not reviewed and come to a decision on your app just yet.

Waitlist, however, seems less promising to me. A waitlist means that they do not even want to hold onto your app to review once the rest come in. They have already made a decision on your app. They are saying that if enough of the people they initially accept do not decide to matriculate then they may consider some of those on the waitlist. As a hold, you could still get an initial acceptance.

I'd personally be happier with a hold than a waitlist, but others may have a different opinion.


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