Hey guys, glad to have found this board. It appears to be a valuable resource.
I am beginning my decision process right now. I am a 163/3.30 applicant (Pacific Islander, I'd imagine that's helping me ons ome levels) from South Carolina.
Anyway, so far I've gotten into Richmond, Miami, Kentucky, and Alabama. Richmond's phone call told me I wouldn't know until March, but mentioned something about the outlook being favorable that I'd get full tuition. I only applied there as a backup, and without a full ride I doubt I'd consider it too far. Miami was just an app I sent in because they gave me a fee waiver -- I have little interest in living in Miami for any period of time.
I am liking Kentucky a lot, and Alabama is probably my favorite (although I'm still waiting on Emory, George Mason, and Vandy to let me know). I'm assuming I won't get in at those, so for now I think it's either Bama or Kentucky. I did receive a $10k scholarship from Kentucky (and $23k from Miami), which makes it considerably cheaper than Bama. However, that scholarship is only available to me as an out-of-state applicant so I lose it if I acquire in-state status for my 2L and 3L years, a process which I understand is pretty much automatic if I keep an apartment at school. That means that 2L and 3L, the costs would be basically equal.
I know Bama is ranked a bit higher, maybe even considerably higher (which is fueling my lean to Bama), and I haven't visited either campus yet so I can't claim a personal attachment to either Tuscaloosa or Lexington just yet. Does anyone else have any input? Sorry for the long post!