curryinaninstant wrote:The problem is my GPA is low for Columbia. My LSAT is above NYU's 75th while at Columbia's median. Right now, my GPA is at NYU's 25th but below Columbia's 25th. Median + 25th percentile at Columbia, even with an ED, might not be enough. Or at least thats what LSN and my innate fear is.
25th and 75th percentiles don't mean nearly as much as medians do. Schools have to report medians to USNWR so they care about maintaining their medians. What tends to really
matter overall is that you be at/above one median; that gets you in the door and looked at. Not too many people are above both medians, so you're going to be competing against all the other people who're at your LSAT level, and based on how many people with at least that LSAT score that they need.
Other people with higher GPAs will probably look better at first, but if they get past that first step of numbers and go, "Okay, this person has a high enough LSAT to look at, what next?" then you might win them over with your PS and your softs. Median-or-higher LSAT + strong softs + ED could be enough to push you over.
I think it really comes down to what your LSAT score really is. Columbia's median (172) and NYU's 75th (173) are not the same thing, and you say you're above NYU's 75th which would be a 174+. Looking at LSN for last year, the lowest 172 that Columbia took was a 3.6, but they took some high 3.5's with 173's, and a 3.49/174. Every single LSAT point makes a difference, because the higher your LSAT the greater your odds of acceptance.
If you have a 174/3.5 I think you could possibly
get into Columbia ED. If you're 172/3.5 I think it's damn near impossible. That's just basing things on LSN.