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Acceptances / Re: Master List of schools that will adjust financial aid
« on: February 27, 2006, 03:54:06 PM »
Bump--I took the liberty of scrolling through the "Scholarship Negotiation Stories" and found the following (and I hope it's ok with the OPs if I post this info here)--

Schools that have already increased financial aid offers this year--
Alabama
Temple
Texas Tech

Schools that have said they will consider other offers (even though no adjustment to their original offer has been made yet)--
LSU
Michigan

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Acceptances / Master List of schools that will adjust financial aid
« on: February 27, 2006, 01:19:22 PM »
I figured it would be helpful to have one thread to list schools where people have appealed their original financial aid offer and actually had it changed.  Let's limit this thread to personal experience (not my buddy's mechanic's girlfriend) in this app cycle.  I'll update this original post to include all the different schools posted in this thread.

Have already changed some offers:

Alabama
Temple
Texas Tech

Have said they would consider other schools' offers:

LSU
Michigan
Indiana-Bloomington
Texas

Have said they WILL NOT consider other schools' offers:
Northwestern
UVA

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I'm getting close to a decision... which of these would you choose?  I don't mind going into debt, but only if it would give me better career prospects.  I've pretty much decided that I want to live near the coast for the rest of my life so I'd like a school that would land me in Florida (Tampa, Jax, Miami, Tampa, West Palm, etc...)  U of FL costs less than $10k/year and UNC is not much more than that, but I'm basing that on the assumption that I'll be able to get residency after the first year.  All of the other schools are about the same $30-35k's a year except for the scholarship mentioned above. m Thanks in advance

If you know that you want to target the Florida job market for your first job after school, then UF is head and shoulders above all the others IMO.

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Acceptances / Re: Uh, Vanderbilt? Is anybody there?
« on: February 26, 2006, 07:23:44 PM »
So who all is going to the admitted students day, aside from Stephon and I?

I might be there on the 24th, but it will probably depend on whether I've heard anything about financial aid before then.

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OK, I can finally stop ragging on Vandy...I'm in!  ;D ;D

Congrats...now retract all your negative statements towards them. lol


Done and done!  ;)  Seriously, though, it's right back up near the top of my list, especially considering they said financial aid info should be rolling in soon.

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OK, I can finally stop ragging on Vandy...I'm in!  ;D ;D

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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but according to last year's LSN, all but two admits after March 1 were URM or had numbers way above Dook's anyway.  Waitlists started March 1.  I realize they have new admissions people, but actually they have been right on schedule when you compare week-by-week LSN graphs. 

After Feb 28th, I personally am going to assume I didn't get in.  Of course, I can still dream.

If that's the case this year, then I hope they plan on having a really, really small class.

Here's their game, stage by stage:

1) Accept only individuals with very high numbers to try to push their medians way up.

2) As they don't hear back from those they've already admitted (obviously), they continue to admit applicants with semi-high numbers who went complete WELL AFTER the deadline.  They figure these individuals applied too late to be considered by higher-ranked universities and will be forced to attend Duke.  Duke's yield numbers still go up.  They don't reward those who applied early or played by the rules. 

3) After knowing how many of those with high numbers found themselves to have procrastinated themselves into Duke being their best option, they consider those with median numbers or below who will comprise the majority of their class.  They realize that they could even put these individuals on a wait list and draw upon them as necessary, since they will gladly forfeit a spot at other universities for the sake of Duke.

Heartless, but efficient.



Duke can play this game and have it work.  Vanderbilt, not so much...

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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but according to last year's LSN, all but two admits after March 1 were URM or had numbers way above Dook's anyway.  Waitlists started March 1.  I realize they have new admissions people, but actually they have been right on schedule when you compare week-by-week LSN graphs. 

After Feb 28th, I personally am going to assume I didn't get in.  Of course, I can still dream.

If that's the case this year, then I hope they plan on having a really, really small class.

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Acceptances / Re: In at Duke
« on: February 24, 2006, 10:28:43 AM »
Congratulations to all the recent admits!  (Sadly, this message also doubles as a vain attempt to bump my own Duke karma.)  :-\

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Acceptances / Re: Preliminary grant award from UCLA
« on: February 23, 2006, 05:51:18 PM »
So does this change things in terms of the UCLA v Notre Dame debate?  What are your plans now?

Good question.  I think at this point UCLA is still about $20k more expensive for the three years.  Another thing is that I don't want to work in Cali immediately after I graduate--my wife and I want to be in an area where we can afford to buy a house and start a family on just my income.  So ND probably still has the edge right now, but if UCLA can come up with some merit-based money or something that might change.

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