URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

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griffin.811
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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby griffin.811 » Tue Feb 05, 2013 3:59 pm

Hope they continue this next cycle, although my GPA may still keep me out. Hoping a great LSAT will give me the needed boost.

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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby HankBashir » Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:08 pm

URMs with stats about mine and who went complete at about the same time have all gotten their JS1s. Pretty sure I'm left behind.

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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby John_rizzy_rawls » Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:12 pm

HankBashir wrote:URMs with stats about mine and who went complete at about the same time have all gotten their JS1s. Pretty sure I'm left behind.


You barely submitted over a month ago, you'll be fine just give it time.

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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby BlaqBella » Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:18 pm

John_rizzy_rawls wrote:
BlaqBella wrote:So is it just me or is Harvard showing some major kindness to URMs this cycle with low-mid 160 LSATs and 3.5+ GPAs? This is amazing! Hope this continues on for next cycle. I hope all new admits in this thread are planning to visit Harvard's ASW. Please report back! :mrgreen:


No you're totally right and it's a slight aberration from the last few cycles. The number of qualified AA candidates must be dipping big time, because there have been many AAs this cycle well below both 25ths to be accepted.

Also, congrats to new admits.

And for reference, to add to the numbers pool -
xpxgymnxpx wrote:AA Female with 163 and 3.609 UGPA from a top public school. I also did the Peace Corps and had some other strong softs.


I think her LSDAS GPA is lower than a 3.6...more like 3.5. Totally awesome.

I love hearing about these acceptances because it goes to show its seldom ever just about numbers, especially for URMs who are at or below 25th percentile of these top schools. :mrgreen:
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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby chiach1 » Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:19 pm

I've been complete at HLS since Nov, havent heard a peep. This wait is painful

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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby BlaqBella » Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:19 pm

John_rizzy_rawls wrote:
HankBashir wrote:URMs with stats about mine and who went complete at about the same time have all gotten their JS1s. Pretty sure I'm left behind.


You barely submitted over a month ago, you'll be fine just give it time.


+1. Hank, give it some time.

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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby Teflon_Don » Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:19 pm

Had my JS1 last Wed.. I know it can take awhile but I'm already losing faith! :(

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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby bfigsan » Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:21 pm

Teflon_Don wrote:Had my JS1 last Wed.. I know it can take awhile but I'm already losing faith! :(


I feel you. People with 1/31 interviews got JS2 today, so it's a little unsettling. I think we URMs always wait longer than non-URMs.

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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby BlaqBella » Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:26 pm

griffin.811 wrote:Hope they continue this next cycle, although my GPA may still keep me out. Hoping a great LSAT will give me the needed boost.


3.2 is presumably the cutoff.

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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby bizzybone1313 » Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:27 pm

"My people be projects or jail never Harvard or Yale." -Nas, Book of Rhymes. What do you know about that TLS?
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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby griffin.811 » Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:29 pm

BlaqBella wrote:
griffin.811 wrote:Hope they continue this next cycle, although my GPA may still keep me out. Hoping a great LSAT will give me the needed boost.


3.2 is presumably the cutoff.


Haha! I'm cutting it dangerously close then!

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Postby BlaqBella » Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:33 pm

bizzybone1313 wrote:"My people be projects or jail, never Harvard or Yale." -Nas, Book of Rhymes. What do you know about that TLS?


He does have a point. Did you listen to Harry Belafonte's acceptance speech at the recent NAACP Image Awards ceremony? Excerpt:

“In the gun game, we are the most hunted,” he said.
“The river of blood that washes the streets of our nation flows mostly from the bodies of our black children,” Belafonte said during the live broadcast from the Los Angeles stage. “Where is the raised voice of black America? Why are we mute?


Victims to crime, violence, the legal system. Hopefully the few that make it to the finest institutions in this country can utilize their knowledge (and utlimately power) to give back.

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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby John_rizzy_rawls » Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:36 pm

chiach1 wrote:I've been complete at HLS since Nov, havent heard a peep. This wait is painful


Are you something other than AA URM? That could be why. They're not dipping nearly as low for MA and NA applicants from what we've seen on TLS so far.

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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby TatNurner » Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:39 pm

John_rizzy_rawls wrote:
BlaqBella wrote:So is it just me or is Harvard showing some major kindness to URMs this cycle with low-mid 160 LSATs and 3.5+ GPAs? This is amazing! Hope this continues on for next cycle. I hope all new admits in this thread are planning to visit Harvard's ASW. Please report back! :mrgreen:


No you're totally right and it's a slight aberration from the last few cycles. The number of qualified AA candidates must be dipping big time, because there have been many AAs this cycle well below both 25ths to be accepted.



The timing is interesting too. Usually some of the URM numbers getting in now come off the waitlist in late spring/early summer.

It's gonna be a fascinating next few months. Slow motion drama.

Congrats to all those who've been accepted!

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Postby TatNurner » Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:41 pm

We may even see the unicorn that is a ~3.5 URM Yale admit. :shock:

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Postby bizzybone1313 » Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:49 pm

TatNurner wrote:We may even see the unicorn that is a ~3.5 URM Yale admit. :shock:


Lol. Does anyone know what it really takes for an URM to get into Yale? I think they are a mystery for most people.

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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby TatNurner » Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:56 pm

bizzybone1313 wrote:
TatNurner wrote:We may even see the unicorn that is a ~3.5 URM Yale admit. :shock:


Lol. Does anyone know what it really takes for an URM to get into Yale? I think they are a mystery for most people.


They like high GPAs above all. And they have a small class so they can achieve a representative number of URMs while having very few of them. Their elite status + freedom to be selective means they can cherry pick the most attractive URMs in each cycle.

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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby John_rizzy_rawls » Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:01 pm

bizzybone1313 wrote:
TatNurner wrote:We may even see the unicorn that is a ~3.5 URM Yale admit. :shock:


Lol. Does anyone know what it really takes for an URM anyone to get into Yale?


FTFY.

It's a matter of being academically, socially, and personally intriguing and impressive as shown by accomplishments, glowing letters of recommendation, and academic achievement. Basically, the whole package.

All that plus no C&F, no red flags, no mediocre recommendations, and no mistakes whatsoever on your application.

Have all that and you may have a shot.

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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby BlaqBella » Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:28 pm

Rizzy, you forgot being born into the right family. Some admissions are based on who you are/know.

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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby bizzybone1313 » Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:29 pm

Wormfather wrote:
John_rizzy_rawls wrote:
bizzybone1313 wrote:
TatNurner wrote:We may even see the unicorn that is a ~3.5 URM Yale admit. :shock:


Lol. Does anyone know what it really takes for an URM anyone to get into Yale?


FTFY.

It's a matter of being academically, socially, and personally intriguing and impressive as shown by accomplishments, glowing letters of recommendation, and academic achievement. Basically, the whole package.

All that plus no C&F, no red flags, no mediocre recommendations, and no mistakes whatsoever on your application.

Have all that and you may have a shot.


The C&F part isn't true. Lets not just speculate. Mkay?


Great. So when I stole an eraser from a grocery store as a 12 year old that won't be held against me. Happy to hear that.

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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby John_rizzy_rawls » Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:31 pm

Wormfather wrote:The C&F part isn't true. Lets not just speculate. Mkay?


I meant major C&F (fraud, violent crimes, etc), not the standard stuff. Don't worry Worm, you're in.

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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby amc987 » Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:43 pm

BlaqBella wrote:So is it just me or is Harvard showing some major kindness to URMs this cycle with low-mid 160 LSATs and 3.5+ GPAs? This is amazing! Hope this continues on for next cycle. I hope all new admits in this thread are planning to visit Harvard's ASW. Please report back! :mrgreen:


Yeah I think you're right. Last year Harvard made a lot of URMs with higher numbers wait much longer (think decisions between late-March and mid-June) than this year's admits. I'm not sure if this is happening because of the smaller applicant pool this year or a change in policy (since JS is running the show now where as KB was in charge for most of 2011-12) or just serendipity.

Regardless, congrats to everyone who got in!! To those who are still waiting, keep your heads up. I'm hoping the odds will be in your favor as well.

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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby EttaJ » Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:46 pm

Congrats to all the new Harvard admits!! Well done!

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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby BlaqBella » Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:52 pm

amc987 wrote:
BlaqBella wrote:So is it just me or is Harvard showing some major kindness to URMs this cycle with low-mid 160 LSATs and 3.5+ GPAs? This is amazing! Hope this continues on for next cycle. I hope all new admits in this thread are planning to visit Harvard's ASW. Please report back! :mrgreen:


Yeah I think you're right. Last year Harvard made a lot of URMs with higher numbers wait much longer (think decisions between late-March and mid-June) than this year's admits. I'm not sure if this is happening because of the smaller applicant pool this year or a change in policy (since JS is running the show now where as KB was in charge for most of 2011-12) or just serendipity.

Regardless, congrats to everyone who got in!! To those who are still waiting, keep your heads up. I'm hoping the odds will be in your favor as well.


Do you think JS was the reason behind Harvard's want for more applicants with work/post-grad life experiences?

I wonder if that has anything to do with the # of URM applicants that have been admitted thus far. I've never seen a wave like this before and the majority have/had post-grad experience (Peace Corp, TFA, opera singer, analyst, etc...).

Either way, I am not complaining.




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