URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby toshiroh » Sun Dec 15, 2013 9:18 pm

sassybassy wrote:
toshiroh wrote:Did anyone else go to a HBCU in here?

I ask because Columbia emailed me saying they were looking for HBCU graduates


That's weird, but I did.


did you get the email? I thought it was weird too? I was like huh? I wonder what prompted them to send that

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

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Thanks bro I appreciate it. Yup LSAC will be up and running after 4:30.



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Thank you I appreciate it. And congrats to everyone who was recently accepted.


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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby sassybassy » Sun Dec 15, 2013 9:59 pm

toshiroh wrote:
sassybassy wrote:
toshiroh wrote:Did anyone else go to a HBCU in here?

I ask because Columbia emailed me saying they were looking for HBCU graduates


That's weird, but I did.


did you get the email? I thought it was weird too? I was like huh? I wonder what prompted them to send that


No, I didn't. Did you apply already? The last email I got was that rather rude newsletter from admissions. Def thought it was a decision email, but it was just a newsletter. Lol and sad face

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby wlee1220 » Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:01 pm

toshiroh wrote:
sassybassy wrote:
toshiroh wrote:Did anyone else go to a HBCU in here?

I ask because Columbia emailed me saying they were looking for HBCU graduates


That's weird, but I did.


did you get the email? I thought it was weird too? I was like huh? I wonder what prompted them to send that


I did go to an HBCU and I got that email too. I'm not sure if I'm gonna apply though. With my numbers I need to be strategic about my apps. From what I'm hearing they have visited more HBCUs than usual

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby Futuregohan14 » Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:02 pm

toshiroh wrote:
sassybassy wrote:
toshiroh wrote:Did anyone else go to a HBCU in here?

I ask because Columbia emailed me saying they were looking for HBCU graduates


That's weird, but I did.


did you get the email? I thought it was weird too? I was like huh? I wonder what prompted them to send that


I noted earlier in this thread that URMS who attend certain schools may get a slight "boost" from admins at decent law schools. I mentioned the Ivies along with a few elite non-Ivies (Williams, Stanford, Duke, etc):
viewtopic.php?f=14&t=211454&start=2950#p7263939

I didn't mention it in that post, but my understanding was that, for AAs, top HBCUs (particularly Morehouse, Spelman, Hampton and Howard, but a couple of others as well; some of these schools have been called "Black Ivies") also provide a slight boost.

Johh_Rizzy_Rawls thought that my post was pure BS ("prestige starved school bundling" bothers him greatly; I do hope this post does not upset him too much), but this e-mail you got might indicate that there is indeed some sort of UG preference for URMs out there acting as a positive soft factor.

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby Mojosodope » Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:05 pm

Futuregohan14 wrote:
toshiroh wrote:
sassybassy wrote:
toshiroh wrote:Did anyone else go to a HBCU in here?

I ask because Columbia emailed me saying they were looking for HBCU graduates


That's weird, but I did.


did you get the email? I thought it was weird too? I was like huh? I wonder what prompted them to send that


I noted earlier in this thread that URMS who attend certain schools may get a slight "boost" from admins at decent law schools. I mentioned the Ivies along with a few elite non-Ivies (Williams, Stanford, Duke, etc):
viewtopic.php?f=14&t=211454&start=2950#p7263939

I didn't mention it in that post, but my understanding was that, for AAs, top HBCUs (particularly Morehouse, Spelman, Hampton and Howard, but a couple of others as well; some of these schools have been called "Black Ivies") also provide a slight boost.

Johh_Rizzy_Rawls thought that my post was pure BS ("prestige starved school bundling" bothers him greatly; I do hope this post does not upset him too much), but this e-mail you got might indicate that there is indeed some sort of UG preference for URMs out there acting as a positive soft factor.


Or that Columbia just wants more URM's to apply.

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby BobMoses » Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:06 pm

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BobMoses wrote:In at GULC via snail mail yesterday. TFA alum as well. Congrats to all on their acceptances!



Nice, congrats!!



Thanks

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby sassybassy » Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:08 pm

Futuregohan14 wrote:
toshiroh wrote:
sassybassy wrote:
toshiroh wrote:Did anyone else go to a HBCU in here?

I ask because Columbia emailed me saying they were looking for HBCU graduates


That's weird, but I did.


did you get the email? I thought it was weird too? I was like huh? I wonder what prompted them to send that


I noted earlier in this thread that URMS who attend certain schools may get a slight "boost" from admins at decent law schools. I mentioned the Ivies along with a few elite non-Ivies (Williams, Stanford, Duke, etc):
viewtopic.php?f=14&t=211454&start=2950#p7263939

I didn't mention it in that post, but my understanding was that, for AAs, top HBCUs (particularly Morehouse, Spelman, Hampton and Howard, but a couple of others as well; some of these schools have been called "Black Ivies") also provide a slight boost.

Johh_Rizzy_Rawls thought that my post was pure BS ("prestige starved school bundling" bothers him greatly; I do hope this post does not upset him too much), but this e-mail you got might indicate that there is indeed some sort of UG preference for URMs out there acting as a positive soft factor.


It goes Howard, Spelman, Morehouse, and maybe Hampton. Thanks

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby Dr.Zer0 » Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:08 pm

Futuregohan14 wrote:
toshiroh wrote:
sassybassy wrote:
toshiroh wrote:Did anyone else go to a HBCU in here?

I ask because Columbia emailed me saying they were looking for HBCU graduates


That's weird, but I did.


did you get the email? I thought it was weird too? I was like huh? I wonder what prompted them to send that


I noted earlier in this thread that URMS who attend certain schools may get a slight "boost" from admins at decent law schools. I mentioned the Ivies along with a few elite non-Ivies (Williams, Stanford, Duke, etc):
viewtopic.php?f=14&t=211454&start=2950#p7263939

I didn't mention it in that post, but my understanding was that, for AAs, top HBCUs (particularly Morehouse, Spelman, Hampton and Howard, but a couple of others as well; some of these schools have been called "Black Ivies") also provide a slight boost.

Johh_Rizzy_Rawls thought that my post was pure BS ("prestige starved school bundling" bothers him greatly; I do hope this post does not upset him too much), but this e-mail you got might indicate that there is indeed some sort of UG preference for URMs out there acting as a positive soft factor.


I'm with gohan on this one, especially when it comes to schools like HYS, U of C, and Columbia.

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby ThePiedPiper » Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:23 pm

Thank you Dr. Zero I appreciate it.

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby KingJamesLBJ » Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:23 pm

EstebanMFernandez wrote:
KingJamesLBJ wrote:Alright guys I need some help. I finally got a professor agree to write a lor. They just want me to gice them something to sign. So withe that said does anyone have any recommendation as to what I could draft up for him or where I could find a good template to gI've to him to sign?

Sorry for typos I'm on hmy phone


From what I've heard... it's really easy for adcomms to see that you're the one writing it. The advice I have seen is to make it comparative, and describe the class/ academic setting -was it hard, was there research etc. Talk about a flaw is also a good way to make sure that they don't think you wrote it.

Lebron was easily in the top 1% of students i have ever taught, he routinely set curves, and was at the top of my class. I know he left cleveland and that he will always be tainted by the fact that he joined another HOF'ers team, never won a ring on his own, and has a terrible receding hairline, but I feel that his ability to succeed in LS is pretty good.

Shiz like that


Alright thanks, mojo also. Im going to try and draft something up and have him add to it. Hes old and busy so im trying to help as much as i can lol. So he has to go make the account on lsac then print out something then send it by mail to lsac with the lor? is that right? like transcripts

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby Dr.Zer0 » Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:28 pm

KingJamesLBJ wrote:
EstebanMFernandez wrote:
KingJamesLBJ wrote:Alright guys I need some help. I finally got a professor agree to write a lor. They just want me to gice them something to sign. So withe that said does anyone have any recommendation as to what I could draft up for him or where I could find a good template to gI've to him to sign?

Sorry for typos I'm on hmy phone


From what I've heard... it's really easy for adcomms to see that you're the one writing it. The advice I have seen is to make it comparative, and describe the class/ academic setting -was it hard, was there research etc. Talk about a flaw is also a good way to make sure that they don't think you wrote it.

Lebron was easily in the top 1% of students i have ever taught, he routinely set curves, and was at the top of my class. I know he left cleveland and that he will always be tainted by the fact that he joined another HOF'ers team, never won a ring on his own, and has a terrible receding hairline, but I feel that his ability to succeed in LS is pretty good.

Shiz like that


Alright thanks, mojo also. Im going to try and draft something up and have him add to it. Hes old and busy so im trying to help as much as i can lol. So he has to go make the account on lsac then print out something then send it by mail to lsac with the lor? is that right? like transcripts


You can actually upload the LOR and it will appear under your account almost instantly.

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby Mojosodope » Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:31 pm

KingJamesLBJ wrote:
EstebanMFernandez wrote:
KingJamesLBJ wrote:Alright guys I need some help. I finally got a professor agree to write a lor. They just want me to gice them something to sign. So withe that said does anyone have any recommendation as to what I could draft up for him or where I could find a good template to gI've to him to sign?

Sorry for typos I'm on hmy phone


From what I've heard... it's really easy for adcomms to see that you're the one writing it. The advice I have seen is to make it comparative, and describe the class/ academic setting -was it hard, was there research etc. Talk about a flaw is also a good way to make sure that they don't think you wrote it.

Lebron was easily in the top 1% of students i have ever taught, he routinely set curves, and was at the top of my class. I know he left cleveland and that he will always be tainted by the fact that he joined another HOF'ers team, never won a ring on his own, and has a terrible receding hairline, but I feel that his ability to succeed in LS is pretty good.

Shiz like that


Alright thanks, mojo also. Im going to try and draft something up and have him add to it. Hes old and busy so im trying to help as much as i can lol. So he has to go make the account on lsac then print out something then send it by mail to lsac with the lor? is that right? like transcripts


Nah, you just need to print out a sheet from your account, have him sign the letter, and send both sheets in.

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby KingJamesLBJ » Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:44 pm

got it

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby Kool-Aid » Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:58 pm

SEO Law...has anyone applied yet? If so, when do you think we may start hearing something?

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby californiauser » Sun Dec 15, 2013 11:24 pm

Futuregohan14 wrote:
toshiroh wrote:
sassybassy wrote:
toshiroh wrote:Did anyone else go to a HBCU in here?

I ask because Columbia emailed me saying they were looking for HBCU graduates


That's weird, but I did.


did you get the email? I thought it was weird too? I was like huh? I wonder what prompted them to send that


I noted earlier in this thread that URMS who attend certain schools may get a slight "boost" from admins at decent law schools. I mentioned the Ivies along with a few elite non-Ivies (Williams, Stanford, Duke, etc):
viewtopic.php?f=14&t=211454&start=2950#p7263939

I didn't mention it in that post, but my understanding was that, for AAs, top HBCUs (particularly Morehouse, Spelman, Hampton and Howard, but a couple of others as well; some of these schools have been called "Black Ivies") also provide a slight boost.

Johh_Rizzy_Rawls thought that my post was pure BS ("prestige starved school bundling" bothers him greatly; I do hope this post does not upset him too much), but this e-mail you got might indicate that there is indeed some sort of UG preference for URMs out there acting as a positive soft factor.


Honestly, it seems pretty implausible that HBCUs would get a boost. None of these schools are hard to get into or known for being particularly rigorous. It seems more likely that they're trying to recruit URMs in large numbers; it makes sense to market at a HBCU where there are large numbers of URMs.

Can you post the email?

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby Quan292 » Sun Dec 15, 2013 11:32 pm

nabadgelyo wrote:
ktatl14 wrote:
DPhoenix wrote:In at Georgetown via snail mail. Feeling good.


Congrats! And shoutout to TFA, what region are you in?



How many of us are TFA? I'm a NOLA alum!


Another tfa-er here. I'm actually really interested in seeing how our cycles differ from others with similar numbers. I have a feeling for URM's we'll won't differ much.

Also congrats!

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby midnight_circus » Mon Dec 16, 2013 12:05 am

Kool-Aid wrote:SEO Law...has anyone applied yet? If so, when do you think we may start hearing something?


Yes and I have no idea. I applied for the round 2 deadline, but I haven't heard anything yet. Anyone else?

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby sassybassy » Mon Dec 16, 2013 12:08 am

The top HBCUs are selective and admissions remain competitive. If you look at the list of alumni, it's obvious that people do not choose these institutions because they cannot get into top or other elite universities. We choose HBCUs because of the community, network, and the undergraduate experience that can only be had at a Spelhouse, at a Howard or a FAMU. So it would make sense that if you're looking for top Black applicants, you would give priority to students from these institutions because of their history of producing some of the best minds and leaders in history.

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby Mojosodope » Mon Dec 16, 2013 12:28 am

sassybassy wrote:The top HBCUs are selective and admissions remain competitive. If you look at the list of alumni, it's obvious that people do not choose these institutions because they cannot get into top or other elite universities. We choose HBCUs because of the community, network, and the undergraduate experience that can only be had at a Spelhouse, at a Howard or a FAMU. So it would make sense that if you're looking for top Black applicants, you would give priority to students from these institutions because of their history of producing some of the best minds and leaders in history.


You don't have to defend HBCU. But to compare admissions of a place like Stanford to Morehouse or Howard is crazy. But this discussion doesn't even need to happen.

If you think that it gives you a boost, more power to you. Hopefully it helps some get over the hump.

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby californiauser » Mon Dec 16, 2013 12:28 am

sassybassy wrote:The top HBCUs are selective and admissions remain competitive. If you look at the list of alumni, it's obvious that people do not choose these institutions because they cannot get into top or other elite universities. We choose HBCUs because of the community, network, and the undergraduate experience that can only be had at a Spelhouse, at a Howard or a FAMU. So it would make sense that if you're looking for top Black applicants, you would give priority to students from these institutions because of their history of producing some of the best minds and leaders in history.


By what metric? The median SAT scores are around 550 per section, which isn't anything special. It seems ridiculous that these schools would get a boost compared to flagship state schools or even smaller privates, which I would argue engender more adverse environments for URM students.

FAMU's 75th%ile for each section is right around 520, what reason would Columbia have to give a student a boost from this school over, let's say the University of Florida?

I'm not arguing that HBCUs aren't excellent schools that produce excellent leaders, I just don't see where this idea that students would get a boost from these schools come from.

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby Mojosodope » Mon Dec 16, 2013 12:30 am

californiauser wrote:
sassybassy wrote:The top HBCUs are selective and admissions remain competitive. If you look at the list of alumni, it's obvious that people do not choose these institutions because they cannot get into top or other elite universities. We choose HBCUs because of the community, network, and the undergraduate experience that can only be had at a Spelhouse, at a Howard or a FAMU. So it would make sense that if you're looking for top Black applicants, you would give priority to students from these institutions because of their history of producing some of the best minds and leaders in history.


By what metric? The median SAT scores are around 550 per section, which isn't anything special. It seems ridiculous that these schools would get a boost compared to flagship state school or even smaller privates, which I would argue engender more adverse environments for URM students.

FAMU's 75th%ile for each section is right around 520, what reason would Columbia have to give a student a boost from this school over, let's say the University of Florida?

I'm not arguing that HBCUs aren't excellent schools that produce excellent leaders, I just don't see where this idea that students would get a boost from these schools come from.


Exactly what I was going to say, but I decided to avoid the discussion

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby sassybassy » Mon Dec 16, 2013 12:37 am

californiauser wrote:
sassybassy wrote:The top HBCUs are selective and admissions remain competitive. If you look at the list of alumni, it's obvious that people do not choose these institutions because they cannot get into top or other elite universities. We choose HBCUs because of the community, network, and the undergraduate experience that can only be had at a Spelhouse, at a Howard or a FAMU. So it would make sense that if you're looking for top Black applicants, you would give priority to students from these institutions because of their history of producing some of the best minds and leaders in history.


By what metric? The median SAT scores are around 550 per section, which isn't anything special. It seems ridiculous that these schools would get a boost compared to flagship state schools or even smaller privates, which I would argue engender more adverse environments for URM students.

FAMU's 75th%ile for each section is right around 520, what reason would Columbia have to give a student a boost from this school over, let's say the University of Florida?

I'm not arguing that HBCUs aren't excellent schools that produce excellent leaders, I just don't see where this idea that students would get a boost from these schools come from.


The top three HBCUs are Spelman, Morehouse, and Howard. It's about the type of student that goes to these institutions and the type of education they receive. I'm not saying we get a boost 100%, but I do know that having gone to an HBCU has been extremely helpful to me in my career. The names mean a lot because the alumni lists are incredible from MLK to Marshall.

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby toshiroh » Mon Dec 16, 2013 12:40 am

I'm just going to avoid this discussion because I've had enough these discussions in undergrad with FSU students about why I chose Famu over FSU and the other PWI undergrads I was accepted into. They usually don't end well.

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby mandyjay11 » Mon Dec 16, 2013 12:42 am

Sassy, how is the type of student that goes there different from the type that doesn't? I got full rides plus stipends to Howard and Spellman as an undergrad and decided to go Ivy, does that make me a different type of students by simply choosing a different path?




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