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heavy-handed admissions?

heavy-handed admissions?
« on: March 25, 2008, 09:36:41 PM »
Two law schools in same market offered similar scholarships.  I'm leaning toward one school (also considering one in another part of the US) but figured that calling for more money couldn't hurt. Law School A said, we'll consider raising your award, but only if you withdraw your application from School B and send us a copy of that withdrawal letter as proof.(Didn't ask me to withdraw from the out of area school, just the local one)

Obnoxious? Hard sell? Are they somehow afraid of that second school?


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Re: heavy-handed admissions?
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2008, 09:49:49 PM »
They don't want you to use a new scholarship to get a better scholarship at the other school.

Re: heavy-handed admissions?
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2008, 12:33:54 AM »
botbot hit it. It might also be that they only want to pay more if they have a reasonable expectation you'll actually matriculate. They may not consider the out-of-area school as a legitimate threat (since they probably figure, oh, this guy wants to stay in this market and just applied there to see if he'd get in/safety/whatever).

Re: heavy-handed admissions?
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2008, 09:38:20 AM »
Maybe you should figure out how much of a scholarship it would take from School A to ensure that you would attend it over School B, and say that you will withdraw from School B if School A will commit to offer you that amount after the withdraw.

Don't know if this would work, though.

Re: heavy-handed admissions?
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2008, 11:57:25 AM »
This is just like car sales.  So you go into a dealership and say you will buy there.  They say the price they offer you is only good until you walk out the door.  They won't give you their "best price" without it.  Now, will the price still be good if you go out the door and come back?  Maybe, maybe not.  Assuming the car is still on the lot, if you come back, they will see someone else has not topped the offer, and may reconsider whether their original offer was too high.

Is this fair?  depends on whether you are the dealer or the customer.

Re: heavy-handed admissions?
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2008, 01:26:17 PM »
how would law school A even know about your out of town option unless you mentioned it?

Re: heavy-handed admissions?
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2008, 03:41:30 PM »
All the offers in NY and out of NY were mentioned.
It was only the other NY school that had to be dropped from consideration.
I like the car analogy--except that somehow, I always thought that law schools (any college/grad school, for that matter)operated on a higher plane than (used) cars salesmen.