« on: April 26, 2005, 10:52:50 AM »
I applied to Duke and was rejected, so let that inform what I'm about to say.
I applied only to NC schools because I wasn't ready to move out of state, but I got an application with a letter sent to me by Michigan based on my lsdas stuff...and the letter was SO nice (even without a fee waiver). And they have a great Q&A section for those that are waitlisted...in fact, I found thier website really helpful in general. On the other hand, Duke sent me nothing, when I met some of thier people at various forums, I wasn't all that impressed by the way I was treated (though I wasn't treated unfairly either-more indifferently). I guess what I'm getting is that neither of these schools necessarily need to do recruiting, but Michigan for whatever reason wanted me to have thier application. Even at my most cynical (they just want people with good numbers to apply to help out thier rankings) seems to me the fact they are taking active measures to help out thier ranking will only serve me in the long run as a graduate. If things don't work out for me this year, I'll definitely be applying there next year (and not to Duke).