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"On Hold" at Harvard

Re: "On Hold" at Harvard
« Reply #40 on: January 09, 2007, 05:17:10 PM »
Anyone know the stats about turing holds into acceptances?

Re: "On Hold" at Harvard
« Reply #41 on: January 09, 2007, 06:00:33 PM »
even though i was a no-email-receiver from michigan last week that turned into an acceptance this week, this time around i am very distraught that yet again i am missing out on the held email...dingdingding!   :-\

Re: "On Hold" at Harvard
« Reply #42 on: January 09, 2007, 06:03:02 PM »
Has anyone who has gone complete after 10/26 received the "hold" notice?

Looks like they are really gunning for GPAs this cycle...

spud1987

Re: "On Hold" at Harvard
« Reply #43 on: January 09, 2007, 06:10:45 PM »
Anyone know the stats about turing holds into acceptances?

Based on last years LSN it seems that the ratio for held applicants between accepts/denials is 65/35.  Also, nearly all the acceptances occured before April whereas most the denials came towards the end of April into May.

Re: "On Hold" at Harvard
« Reply #44 on: January 09, 2007, 06:26:06 PM »
Wow, to make sure I got that right, you are saying 65% accept?

Re: "On Hold" at Harvard
« Reply #45 on: January 09, 2007, 06:26:40 PM »
Could anyone paste the text of the hold letter? Thanks

Dear Mr. Reach:

The Admissions Committee has reviewed your application and has decided to hold it for further review.  Although we regret the immediate uncertainty this entails, the purpose of holding applications is to ensure that each application receives thorough and fair consideration.  Once a larger portion of the applicant pool has been reviewed, the Committee will decide whether to admit, wait-list, or deny individual applications that have been placed on hold.  These decisions may be made at any time between now and late spring.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to predict the next decision on your application or the timing of that decision.  Our experience shows that the number of applications on hold varies significantly from year to year as do the proportions that are offered admission, wait-listed, or denied.  Therefore, historical information provides no predictive value on individual applications.

A hold decision provides an opportunity to update and supplement your file.  You may wish to submit relevant materials that you would like included in the continuing review of your application.  For example, if you have received additional grades since submitting your transcripts to LSDAS, please send them directly to our office (when making decisions on applicants who are currently enrolled in a degree program, we expect to see the most updated grades possible).  If obtaining a transcript will delay our receipt of these grades, send us the information and have it confirmed with an official transcript as soon as one is available.  Additional letters of recommendation are welcome.  If you have a special interest in attending Harvard or in being located in Cambridge, please feel free to tell us about that as well.  Any new information that you feel might be helpful is appropriate.  All correspondence to our office should include your LSDAS registration number or Social Security
  number and be signed by you.

We will make final decisions as soon as possible.  However, if you do not hear from us again before mid-April, you may want to reserve a place at a law school to which you have been offered admission [emphasis added = thanks for the advice, Harvard] while the final disposition of your application to Harvard Law School remains unknown. 

Thank you for your patience and for your interest.  We will contact you as soon as the next decision on your application has been made.
                     
Sincerely,
Karen Buttenbaum
Associate Director of Admissions

Can we at least take some solace in the humorous fact that her name is "Buttenbaum"? :-D

spud1987

Re: "On Hold" at Harvard
« Reply #46 on: January 09, 2007, 06:56:12 PM »
Wow, to make sure I got that right, you are saying 65% accept?

Sorry its supposed to be the other way around, 65% reject. 

spud1987

Re: "On Hold" at Harvard
« Reply #47 on: January 09, 2007, 06:58:41 PM »
Could anyone paste the text of the hold letter? Thanks

Dear Mr. Reach:

The Admissions Committee has reviewed your application and has decided to hold it for further review.  Although we regret the immediate uncertainty this entails, the purpose of holding applications is to ensure that each application receives thorough and fair consideration.  Once a larger portion of the applicant pool has been reviewed, the Committee will decide whether to admit, wait-list, or deny individual applications that have been placed on hold.  These decisions may be made at any time between now and late spring.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to predict the next decision on your application or the timing of that decision.  Our experience shows that the number of applications on hold varies significantly from year to year as do the proportions that are offered admission, wait-listed, or denied.  Therefore, historical information provides no predictive value on individual applications.

A hold decision provides an opportunity to update and supplement your file.  You may wish to submit relevant materials that you would like included in the continuing review of your application.  For example, if you have received additional grades since submitting your transcripts to LSDAS, please send them directly to our office (when making decisions on applicants who are currently enrolled in a degree program, we expect to see the most updated grades possible).  If obtaining a transcript will delay our receipt of these grades, send us the information and have it confirmed with an official transcript as soon as one is available.  Additional letters of recommendation are welcome.  If you have a special interest in attending Harvard or in being located in Cambridge, please feel free to tell us about that as well.  Any new information that you feel might be helpful is appropriate.  All correspondence to our office should include your LSDAS registration number or Social Security
  number and be signed by you.

We will make final decisions as soon as possible.  However, if you do not hear from us again before mid-April, you may want to reserve a place at a law school to which you have been offered admission [emphasis added = thanks for the advice, Harvard] while the final disposition of your application to Harvard Law School remains unknown. 

Thank you for your patience and for your interest.  We will contact you as soon as the next decision on your application has been made.
                     
Sincerely,
Karen Buttenbaum
Associate Director of Admissions

Can we at least take some solace in the humorous fact that her name is "Buttenbaum"? :-D

That's the spirit! Buttenbaum indeed.

Buttenbaum has got to be made up, I'm sure its just Toby Stock's pen name.  ;)

Re: "On Hold" at Harvard
« Reply #48 on: January 09, 2007, 07:13:53 PM »
Looks like they are really gunning for GPAs this cycle...

That's what I was thinking as well. Now my chances look close to NIL.

Re: "On Hold" at Harvard
« Reply #49 on: January 09, 2007, 07:34:19 PM »
Could anyone paste the text of the hold letter? Thanks

Dear Mr. Reach:

The Admissions Committee has reviewed your application and has decided to hold it for further review.  Although we regret the immediate uncertainty this entails, the purpose of holding applications is to ensure that each application receives thorough and fair consideration.  Once a larger portion of the applicant pool has been reviewed, the Committee will decide whether to admit, wait-list, or deny individual applications that have been placed on hold.  These decisions may be made at any time between now and late spring.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to predict the next decision on your application or the timing of that decision.  Our experience shows that the number of applications on hold varies significantly from year to year as do the proportions that are offered admission, wait-listed, or denied.  Therefore, historical information provides no predictive value on individual applications.

A hold decision provides an opportunity to update and supplement your file.  You may wish to submit relevant materials that you would like included in the continuing review of your application.  For example, if you have received additional grades since submitting your transcripts to LSDAS, please send them directly to our office (when making decisions on applicants who are currently enrolled in a degree program, we expect to see the most updated grades possible).  If obtaining a transcript will delay our receipt of these grades, send us the information and have it confirmed with an official transcript as soon as one is available.  Additional letters of recommendation are welcome.  If you have a special interest in attending Harvard or in being located in Cambridge, please feel free to tell us about that as well.  Any new information that you feel might be helpful is appropriate.  All correspondence to our office should include your LSDAS registration number or Social Security
  number and be signed by you.

We will make final decisions as soon as possible.  However, if you do not hear from us again before mid-April, you may want to reserve a place at a law school to which you have been offered admission [emphasis added = thanks for the advice, Harvard] while the final disposition of your application to Harvard Law School remains unknown. 

Thank you for your patience and for your interest.  We will contact you as soon as the next decision on your application has been made.
                     
Sincerely,
Karen Buttenbaum
Associate Director of Admissions

Can we at least take some solace in the humorous fact that her name is "Buttenbaum"? :-D

That's the spirit! Buttenbaum indeed.

Buttenbaum has got to be made up, I'm sure its just Toby Stock's pen name.  ;)

I would SO do that if I were an AD ... call autodings and throw out the "Hi, this is Dean Seymour Butts at Yale... no, really. Really."