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Acceptances / Re: In at Michigan (State)
« on: February 18, 2005, 11:30:30 AM »
Came in yesterday -

25% tuition discount and a free laptop through the merit scholarship program

I'm going to go out and visit the school.  The program there sounds great, but the cost of Michigan is going to be pretty high even with the 25% discount.  I like the free laptop idea, but that really amounts to $2000 or $3000 max.... nice sentiment, but it doesn't pay for the other $55,000 in tuition.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Chicago's T.T.T. Battle
« on: February 16, 2005, 12:47:53 PM »
I'll give you the biased view of a NIU ungrad alum.

DeKalb as a town is a college-town... much like any other college-town, there are sporting-events, organizations, limited music&arts stuff, and of-course a ton of bars.

One thing to note is that because NIU is fairly close to the western-burbs, a lot of people commute back into the burbs every weekend so don't expect your friends to be around every weekend.

As far as the education goes... I attended NIU's business school and it was good.  I wouldn't rank them in the top ten in the nation, but it held well enough for me to land good-paying jobs over the years since I graduated.

As for NIU's law school... it's very young... I think they may have been around for 25 years.  That means that they don't have an extensive alumni network.  I attended one of their open houses, attended a class and toured the school.  The facilities are basic... but the building is nice if you like the old gothic architecture common among the "stately-universities".  I must admit that I like the "feel" of the learning environment when you enter a building that looks like a castle.

If you have interest in public interest law or if you have aspirations to become a judge, NIU would be a good choice.  Their alum hold a disproportionate number of seats on the bench due to the low cost of the education.

With that said.... I applied to NIU law but I didn't apply at John Marshall.  JMLS charges WAY TOO MUCH for their 4th tier ranking.  At least NIU is a bargin 4th tier.

- Comm-Law

Acceptances / Re: In at Michigan (State)
« on: February 16, 2005, 12:18:16 PM »

If you don't mind me asking... what are your numbers? 

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Acceptances / Re: In at Michigan (State)
« on: February 14, 2005, 11:55:14 PM »
Now I'm confused... today I received an invite from Michigan State inviting me to a Merit Scholarship Breakfast and New student open house.  The RSVP card is entitled: 2005 Merit Scholarship Candidate Program.

Having received no scholarship from MSU.... Does this card indicate that I'm still under consideration for scholarship or is it just a generic form that goes to all accepted students regardless of scholarship consideration?  I guess I'll have to call them to find out the true story.

- Comm-Law

Acceptances / U-Toledo came-in today
« on: February 12, 2005, 10:34:31 PM »
I'm happy that I'm in, but no mention of merit dollars.  Anyone else receive an acceptance from there with scholarship money included?

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Acceptances / Re: First Acceptance - DePaul
« on: February 05, 2005, 10:53:16 PM »
Yep... they REALLY SEND a T-Shirt

Acceptances / Re: First Acceptance - DePaul
« on: February 05, 2005, 10:27:50 AM »
My t-shirt from DePaul came in the mail yesterday at the same time as my unimpressive waitlist letter from IU-Bloomington (TIMING)!! 

I'm running out of reasons to say no to DePaul.  They are ranked in IP and that's my focus.  Monday I'm going to call DePaul and set up a tour/class visit.

- Comm-Law

Wait List / Re: W/L at Indiana U
« on: February 04, 2005, 06:49:35 PM »
Can I play... yes.... am I good.... that's a different story.

Wait List / Re: W/L at Indiana U
« on: February 04, 2005, 06:02:21 PM »
I've already been out there twice!  Once with my family to scout out the area and look for housing.  Then I returned about a week later to have a private tour/class visit.

While on campus, I met with Patricia Clark (Director of Admissions) and Fred Cate (Academic Advisor for the Federal Communications Law Journal).  Prior to my campus visit, I met Assistant Dean Long (Dean of Admissions) at the Chicago law forum.  I kept in touch with him via email.  After my class visit, I made sure to follow-up with thank-you notes to each of the people that were involved with the day ranging from the dean to the very helpful secretary!

I don't think I missed any of the ways-to-show interest short of bribes/flowers/and candy ;)

- Comm-Law

Wait List / W/L at Indiana U
« on: February 04, 2005, 05:13:01 PM »
Looks like I have the dubious distiction of being the first on LSN this year with a wait-list from IU-Bloomington.

It figures... they were my first choice.  I really liked that school, the town, the campus, the instructors, and the facilities. Grrrr....

Well, I guess that 24K from DePaul is looking better and better.

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