Letters from Harvard and Stanford

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lornarose07
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Letters from Harvard and Stanford

Postby lornarose07 » Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:34 pm

I've recently received a letter from both Harvard (email) and Stanford (mail) offering fee waivers and asking me to consider their schools. The letters then went onto describe their student associations for the ethnicity that I identify as. I realize I've received these letters because of my URM identification, but are these typical letters that get sent out/do they mean anything?

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BruceWayne
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Re: Letters from Harvard and Stanford

Postby BruceWayne » Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:37 pm

I got the one from Stanford last year; I didn't know Harvard sent them. It let's you know just how much these school's desire diversity. In other words, if your stats are such that it's even remotely possible for you to be admitted you should apply.

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Re: Letters from Harvard and Stanford

Postby lornarose07 » Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:40 pm

BruceWayne wrote:I got the one from Stanford last year; I didn't know Harvard sent them. It let's you know just how much these school's desire diversity. In other words, if your stats are such that it's even remotely possible for you to be admitted you should apply.


Thanks! I'll consider them good signs of things to come, take my chances and apply.

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Re: Letters from Harvard and Stanford

Postby s0ph1e2007 » Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:41 pm

I got one from Harvard not Stanford. Interesting.

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Re: Letters from Harvard and Stanford

Postby artichoke » Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:46 pm

Really? Dang. I want to get letters from Harvard and Stanford.

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Re: Letters from Harvard and Stanford

Postby vanwinkle » Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:48 pm

Generally they mean you get a fee waiver, and that's about it.

I got a bunch of those letters during my original cycle. Some from schools that rejected me, some from schools that WL'd me, some from schools that threw money at me. It's a way to get you to apply, but they're still going to treat your application the same when they get it, and they may not like it. They're just hoping that those letters will mean more minorities apply so they have more to choose from.

That said, I used every fee waiver I got, and was glad that I did.

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Re: Letters from Harvard and Stanford

Postby BackToTheOldHouse » Wed Nov 17, 2010 12:10 pm

I received an email from Harvard (HUNAP), letter from Stanford (admissions office and NALSA), and a viewbook/letter from Yale (WTF!, didn't expect anything from them).

I know this type of correspondence is not supposed to mean much, but it definitely makes me excited about applying to both my safties and reaches.

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Re: Letters from Harvard and Stanford

Postby rundoxierun » Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:16 pm

Ehh I got nothing from either school.. and I didnt know stanford offered fee waivers. Are you sure it wasnt a fee waiver application?

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Re: Letters from Harvard and Stanford

Postby elm84dr » Thu Nov 18, 2010 3:51 pm

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Re: Letters from Harvard and Stanford

Postby Ratchet Jackson » Thu Nov 18, 2010 4:42 pm

elm84dr wrote:I got the letter from Stanford. I have a 160 Black/Latino, if that helps. I asked earlier, to no response. I definitely did not get this package last year with my 154.


GPA?

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Re: Letters from Harvard and Stanford

Postby elm84dr » Thu Nov 18, 2010 4:46 pm

3.3, Top 35 undergrad---upward trend

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Sinra
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Re: Letters from Harvard and Stanford

Postby Sinra » Fri Nov 19, 2010 9:12 am

I got one of these yesterday. I never expected it and don't think it means much but I sent them an app regardless. They included resumes in there from other URMs. Every other URM in there though had study abroad, research experience etc. I felt like such a loser.

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Re: Letters from Harvard and Stanford

Postby christinalsat » Mon Nov 22, 2010 2:28 pm

I got a fee waiver application from Harvard, Stanford and Yale. No actually fee waiver though. Are you guys sure you got fee waivers?

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Sinra
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Re: Letters from Harvard and Stanford

Postby Sinra » Mon Nov 22, 2010 10:18 pm

christinalsat wrote:I got a fee waiver application from Harvard, Stanford and Yale. No actually fee waiver though. Are you guys sure you got fee waivers?


No I think you got what some of us got. From Stanford I got an "invitation to apply" and a letter from the Latino students orgs on campus (and soul-crushing resumes) but no fee waiver. Harvard same thing but through email instead. As far as I could tell Stanford only does need-based fee waivers and the packet had a form to fill out if you wanted to do that.

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Re: Letters from Harvard and Stanford

Postby Zabini » Wed Nov 24, 2010 8:43 am

wow I want letters from HS

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Re: Letters from Harvard and Stanford

Postby Raramuri415 » Fri Dec 10, 2010 1:37 am

For those of you who did get one, can you post your gpa/lsat/race? Just curious to see how selective it is.

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Re: Letters from Harvard and Stanford

Postby elm84dr » Fri Dec 10, 2010 11:05 am

Sinra wrote:
christinalsat wrote:I got a fee waiver application from Harvard, Stanford and Yale. No actually fee waiver though. Are you guys sure you got fee waivers?


No I think you got what some of us got. From Stanford I got an "invitation to apply" and a letter from the Latino students orgs on campus (and soul-crushing resumes) but no fee waiver. Harvard same thing but through email instead. As far as I could tell Stanford only does need-based fee waivers and the packet had a form to fill out if you wanted to do that.



THOSE RESUMES WERE RIDIC! Like seriously! Two page resumes. I received them from both the black and Latino student orgs, so I got to see 6 resumes and 6 personal statements. I was always told a resume should only be 1 page. But these people---damn. My GPA 3.3, 160 LSAT, black/Latino male, top 50 undergrad, TFA, 5 years W.E.

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Re: Letters from Harvard and Stanford

Postby christinalsat » Fri Dec 10, 2010 11:13 am

3.87/167/173 retake
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Re: Letters from Harvard and Stanford

Postby rundoxierun » Fri Dec 10, 2010 2:57 pm

FWIW, I havent gotten letters from either school and I got in at Harvard in the first wave. I dont think the letters directly correlate with numbers. Basically, dont get discouraged if you dont get the letters.

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Re: Letters from Harvard and Stanford

Postby southernsnapp » Sat Dec 11, 2010 7:40 pm

So.... I identify as AA & female. 3.5, oct lsat 157 (mistake! so i retook today- all of my practices were 170-175 for 6 straight months). I got the invitation to apply from Harvard and Stanford...Doubt I'll get in but my dad said to apply anyway. Wish Stanford had given me a fee waiver, given their ridiculous app fee and my lack of need. But my resume is 2 pages, prestigious internship last summer, manager at a store summer before, study abroad, 2 foreign languages, etc. Hope they're not just playing with my emotions. Northwestern did, knowing I won't get in without any work experience...

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Re: Letters from Harvard and Stanford

Postby spacepenguin » Fri Dec 17, 2010 3:10 pm

If you read the FAQ for Michigan, apparently they accept roughly half the people they invite to apply with a fee waiver. I don't know how HYS work, but it's interesting to note that these fee waivers aren't entirely meaningless.




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