I wouldn't even apply if I were you. It's late in the season, so your chances would be lower as it is. A subpar PS would just stack the odds further against you. Plus, you said yourself you probably won't go there. Based on some other threads, you seem pretty psyched about USD anyway. Save your application fee and put it towards the insane cost of living in SD .
Insane is all relative, my friend. Compared to my $3k 1 BR in NYC (actually a good deal) that I have to split, nothing is insane.
I actually checked out some awesome apartment complexes in SD and they were a bit less than half the price of comparable apartments in NYC, plus you get parking spaces, pool, fitness club, beautiful buildings and perfect weather! Not too bad... haha
Anyway, yeah, I know what you're saying. I am very heavily leaning towards USD, but in the event I decide to stay in NYC (unlikely, but possible -- long story), I've already been waitlisted by Fordham and having not heard from Cardozo/Bklyn is a pretty bad sign at this point. I got into St John's and Rutgers, but both would be a pain in the ass commute from where I live (no, I won't move if I stay) and SHU (the school in question), happens to be a better school than both. It'd be nice to have a back up in the event Dozo and Bklyn ding me, in which case I wouldn't even have a viable NYC area option.
I figured it was worth the $60, even if they just get a good laugh at my app... perhaps not?
BTW - thanks for all the input. If anyone else would like to share, please do...