Slow Cycle-->A good thing?

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Slow Cycle-->A good thing?

Postby Cupidity » Sun Feb 28, 2010 2:28 am

This might just be me trying to fish for positive news in light of how terrible my cycle has gone.

166/3.87, good softs and a Unique PS

I'm On the very low end of the 25%'s for these two schools, non-urm. I worked them hard, targeted LOR's and PS with specific and sincere programatic interest.

Still no word from either Berkeley or UCLA (who I targeted in my PS), almost everyone with my app date has been decided on. Is there a chance I'm being considered? Is the fact I haven't been rejected yet a good thing?

Complete 12/1 UCLA
12/21 Berkeley

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Re: Slow Cycle-->A good thing?

Postby ApexChaser » Sun Feb 28, 2010 3:41 am

Honestly, I am in a similar predicament and do not think it is a good sign. You do have a much higher gpa than I though so the scenario may be markedly different.

On the plus side, no bad news is temporary good news. My opinion for people of our range on a LSAT-GPA chart is the schools are holding off on review until they receive word from the stronger applicants. At that point, there are still many yellow WL dots on the right side of the chart.

I hold onto a dim flicker of hope, but believe that managing expectations will be key from here on out. Sorry, I know it's not what you wanted to hear.

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Re: Slow Cycle-->A good thing?

Postby amputatedbrain » Sun Feb 28, 2010 4:16 am

I've spent a few late nights going through LSN data trying to get some insight into this question myself . . .it seems that there are still a decent number of acceptances that come out in March . . . once you get to mid-April the deny/acceptance ratio becomes much more ominous.

PS: I know Gtown doesn't get much love on TLS, but I wouldn't classify any cycle that cracks the T14 as that terrible . . . congrats! Or at least, it could be a lot worse.

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Re: Slow Cycle-->A good thing?

Postby pappyjohnson » Sun Feb 28, 2010 4:37 am

I honestly think that adcomms don't exactly know how to handle this cycle. There are so many more applicants at most schools this year, and so many more very well qualified applicants. Adcomms are very cautious to admit people who they don't think will attend. Look at the 'YP at Michigan is Disgusting' thread for an ugly example, or consider the fact that Rothman invitees at USC are getting waitlisted. USC and UCLA seem to be taking their time more so than most schools, but I think they fall within the general trend. That is, especially for borderline candidates, schools are waiting a bit to see how things shake out, who withdraws when, etc. Now let me in USC and UCLA so I can stay in California!

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Re: Slow Cycle-->A good thing?

Postby im_blue » Sun Feb 28, 2010 6:18 am

Honestly, I wouldn't call yours a terrible cycle. Last year, your numbers were borderline for Cornell and had slim chances at every other T14 and UCLA, which isn't surprising since you're below the LSAT median at all these schools. It's not out of the question to be shut out this year, but at least you got GULC. I'm also confused why you didn't apply to UVA, which accepted about 50% of 3.85+/166-169 RD applicants last year and nearly all ED applicants in that range this year.

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Re: Slow Cycle-->A good thing?

Postby Hattori Hanzo » Sun Feb 28, 2010 6:43 am

UCLA is really slow. Since your LSAT is a bit low for both UCLA and Cal, it's a good sign that you haven't heard anything back. IMO it means they must have liked something about your app.

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Re: Slow Cycle-->A good thing?

Postby Cupidity » Mon Mar 01, 2010 1:26 am

im_blue wrote:Honestly, I wouldn't call yours a terrible cycle. Last year, your numbers were borderline for Cornell and had slim chances at every other T14 and UCLA, which isn't surprising since you're below the LSAT median at all these schools. It's not out of the question to be shut out this year, but at least you got GULC. I'm also confused why you didn't apply to UVA, which accepted about 50% of 3.85+/166-169 RD applicants last year and nearly all ED applicants in that range this year.


Haha, it's supposed to be a Rejected @ GULC, the suprise is sarcastic....time to go fix that :roll:

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Re: Slow Cycle-->A good thing?

Postby Cupidity » Mon Mar 01, 2010 1:32 am

im_blue wrote:Honestly, I wouldn't call yours a terrible cycle. Last year, your numbers were borderline for Cornell and had slim chances at every other T14 and UCLA, which isn't surprising since you're below the LSAT median at all these schools. It's not out of the question to be shut out this year, but at least you got GULC. I'm also confused why you didn't apply to UVA, which accepted about 50% of 3.85+/166-169 RD applicants last year and nearly all ED applicants in that range this year.


ED to UVA. Wanted me to update grades, 3.84-->waitlist. FML

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Re: Slow Cycle-->A good thing?

Postby rikkitikki » Mon Mar 01, 2010 5:28 pm

no news = no news.

They are holding on to your application in order to assess the quality of the rest of the pool. The slow response really only tells you that you were not an automatic accept or automatic reject. So your success depends on the strength of the applicants who applied after you did. The timeline doesn't really affect your chances, just your perception.

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Re: Slow Cycle-->A good thing?

Postby hv1 » Mon Mar 01, 2010 6:10 pm

rikkitikki wrote:no news = no news.

They are holding on to your application in order to assess the quality of the rest of the pool. The slow response really only tells you that you were not an automatic accept or automatic reject. So your success depends on the strength of the applicants who applied after you did. The timeline doesn't really affect your chances, just your perception.


My thoughts exactly on this.




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