Columbia Fee Waiver + horrible GPA + URM + February retake

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Columbia Fee Waiver + horrible GPA + URM + February retake

Postby Andrew the Wolverine » Wed Feb 03, 2010 3:20 pm

I have a 2.7 (huge upward trend), I'm a URM, first LSAT 161, and I am retaking the LSAT in February. I got a fee waiver from Columbia today in an email, and I'm wondering if it's even worth trying. The best I can do on the LSAT coming up is about 172 (that was just below my highest practice test), and that would be a bit of a miracle. Should I just submit it now and spend the $12 for LSAC, and just hope my LSAT is high enough for them to even give my app a look?

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Re: Columbia Fee Waiver + horrible GPA + URM + February retake

Postby cr073137 » Wed Feb 03, 2010 3:25 pm

Send the application in so they only have to wait for the LSAT, If you were to get 170+, you have some chances if you have a good excuse to why you were performing bad at the beginning.

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Re: Columbia Fee Waiver + horrible GPA + URM + February retake

Postby Hattori Hanzo » Wed Feb 03, 2010 4:04 pm

If you're dead set on applying this cycle, definitely send the app. It's only $12 vs. a chance, however small, of getting accepted. If you can wait apply next cycle with higher LSAT and ED.

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Re: Columbia Fee Waiver + horrible GPA + URM + February retake

Postby Joga Bonito » Wed Feb 03, 2010 4:08 pm

Andrew the Wolverine wrote:I have a 2.7 (huge upward trend), I'm a URM, first LSAT 161, and I am retaking the LSAT in February. I got a fee waiver from Columbia today in an email, and I'm wondering if it's even worth trying. The best I can do on the LSAT coming up is about 172 (that was just below my highest practice test), and that would be a bit of a miracle. Should I just submit it now and spend the $12 for LSAC, and just hope my LSAT is high enough for them to even give my app a look?


Dude same thing happened to me last cycle, I got my hopes up and I got rejected. I guess apply and then forget about it, there's no need to obsessively check your status checker like I did in hopes that the fee waiver meant something and you might get in.

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Re: Columbia Fee Waiver + horrible GPA + URM + February retake

Postby AngryAvocado » Wed Feb 03, 2010 4:18 pm

Honestly, I think CLS will be a pipe dream regardless of whether you apply now or next year. If I were you, I would just go ahead and submit now and plan on kicking the February LSAT's ass.

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Re: Columbia Fee Waiver + horrible GPA + URM + February retake

Postby Andrew the Wolverine » Wed Feb 03, 2010 4:35 pm

AngryAvocado wrote:Honestly, I think CLS will be a pipe dream regardless of whether you apply now or next year. If I were you, I would just go ahead and submit now and plan on kicking the February LSAT's ass.


Yeah I know it's a super long shot, that's why I'm debating whether or not to even try. I wouldn't spend $75, not in a million years, with my current stats, so the waiver at least makes it a reasonable decision. I'm not getting my hopes up, but I suppose $12 isn't much in the grand scheme of things for the tiny chance I might get in.

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Re: Columbia Fee Waiver + horrible GPA + URM + February retake

Postby existenz » Wed Feb 03, 2010 4:38 pm

Hard for me to see them taking someone with a 2.7 no matter what you score on the LSAT. But it can't hurt to try!

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Re: Columbia Fee Waiver + horrible GPA + URM + February retake

Postby law10 » Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:55 pm

My friend has the exact same numbers and received a fee waiver to Columbia today as well! Hmmm...maybe they are targeting URMs within a certain LSAT range or something?? Of course you should apply...you never know. Check LSN...some people who get fee waivers this late DO get in!

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Re: Columbia Fee Waiver + horrible GPA + URM + February retake

Postby sophia.olive » Wed Feb 03, 2010 6:01 pm

they give every one free waivers, i got 2 so technically they owe me 75 dollars. dont let it make you think you have a better chance. it boosts their prestige to have more people apply then rejected.

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Re: Columbia Fee Waiver + horrible GPA + URM + February retake

Postby Hattori Hanzo » Wed Feb 03, 2010 6:07 pm

Joga Bonito wrote:
Andrew the Wolverine wrote:I have a 2.7 (huge upward trend), I'm a URM, first LSAT 161, and I am retaking the LSAT in February. I got a fee waiver from Columbia today in an email, and I'm wondering if it's even worth trying. The best I can do on the LSAT coming up is about 172 (that was just below my highest practice test), and that would be a bit of a miracle. Should I just submit it now and spend the $12 for LSAC, and just hope my LSAT is high enough for them to even give my app a look?


Dude same thing happened to me last cycle, I got my hopes up and I got rejected. I guess apply and then forget about it, there's no need to obsessively check your status checker like I did in hopes that the fee waiver meant something and you might get in.


Columbia status checker doesn't change beyond "complete" so no need to obsessively check it at all.

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Re: Columbia Fee Waiver + horrible GPA + URM + February retake

Postby Joga Bonito » Wed Feb 03, 2010 7:28 pm

Hattori Hanzo wrote:
Joga Bonito wrote:
Andrew the Wolverine wrote:I have a 2.7 (huge upward trend), I'm a URM, first LSAT 161, and I am retaking the LSAT in February. I got a fee waiver from Columbia today in an email, and I'm wondering if it's even worth trying. The best I can do on the LSAT coming up is about 172 (that was just below my highest practice test), and that would be a bit of a miracle. Should I just submit it now and spend the $12 for LSAC, and just hope my LSAT is high enough for them to even give my app a look?


Dude same thing happened to me last cycle, I got my hopes up and I got rejected. I guess apply and then forget about it, there's no need to obsessively check your status checker like I did in hopes that the fee waiver meant something and you might get in.


Columbia status checker doesn't change beyond "complete" so no need to obsessively check it at all.


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