Hey guys, just thought I'd ask for input regarding my chances at Columbia and maybe some other schools as well. I'm an AA male. My LSAT score is 172 and is from my first attempt, this past September. My GPA (3.17) has an upward trend all four years of undergrad (from 2.85 freshman year to 3.6 my senior year, with a commendation for academic excellence). I was an English major, for the record. I also wrote a thesis my senior year that I received an A on.My college (Reed College) experiences virtually no grade inflation. For the past 22 years, the average graduating GPA at Reed has hovered around a 3.1; only 7 students have graduated with a 4.0 during that time period. So my GPA is actually slightly better than average for my school. Also, I think my college may be considered one of those that typically produces strong law students, at least as evidenced by the average LSAT score of Reed students (162). I talked to my pre-law adviser and she told me that the average GPA of students from Reed who apply to Columbia is 3.35, while the average LSAT score is 165.I also have at least decent softs - work experience throughout college (working 15-20 hrs per week), including a summer internship at an advertising agency in Manhattan; a semester and a half spent tutoring middle schoolers in English; a year spent writing for the college newspaper; involvement in GLBT activism with my school's Queer Alliance (I'm gay and out).My father also died halfway through my college career, and I'm making that fact known to AdComms to give them better perspective regarding my GPA. LORs are coming from my thesis adviser (with whom I took at least once class every year at Reed) and another prof from outside my department - I expect they'll be pretty good.Now, taking all of these factors into account, should I think that I have a good chance at Columbia? Would I need to apply ED to get in? I'd be willing to do so, but I'm afraid of locking myself into a situation where I don't have enough money to pay for the school. I'm also wary of not fully investigating other opportunities.How should I gauge my chances at the rest of the T14? What would you say I do to increase my chances of admission at Columbia or any other school?Thanks in advance for your responses!
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