Ruining your chances

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catsparka
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Ruining your chances

Postby catsparka » Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:48 pm

I've been obsessively checking browsing LSN, and I've spotted quite a few people with very high numbers (3.9+, 175+) who nevertheless have had much worse cycles than their numbers would have predicted.

What are some things that might drastically bring down an otherwise strong applicant's chances of being admitted? Applying a day before the deadline? Using the wrong school name? A gimmicky PS? Terrible LORs?

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Re: Ruining your chances

Postby im_blue » Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:52 pm

applying late
bad PS (e.g. poor writing, topic, or format)
bad LOR
yield protection
LSAT retakes (probably more important for HYS)

I know someone with a 3.9+/175+ who only got into one T14 due to PS/LOR.
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Re: Ruining your chances

Postby Aberzombie1892 » Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:52 pm

1. Criminal Record
2. You sound arrogant in you application
3. What the above poster said

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Re: Ruining your chances

Postby DieAntwoord » Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:55 pm

adcomm just got out of a horrible relationship with a person with the same first name.

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Re: Ruining your chances

Postby The Real Jack McCoy » Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:00 pm

im_blue wrote:applying late
bad PS (e.g. poor writing, topic, or format)
bad LOR
yield protection
LSAT retakes (probably more important for HYS)

I know someone with a 3.9+/175+ who only got into one T14 due to PS/LOR.


+ 1

I'll add: sketchy major + school

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Re: Ruining your chances

Postby catsparka » Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:06 pm

im_blue wrote:
I know someone with a 3.9+/175+ who only got into one T14 due to PS/LOR.


If you don't mind my asking, what was so bad about their PS/LOR?

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Re: Ruining your chances

Postby catsparka » Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:08 pm

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Re: Ruining your chances

Postby whymeohgodno » Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:39 pm

im_blue wrote:applying late
bad PS (e.g. poor writing, topic, or format)
bad LOR
yield protection
LSAT retakes (probably more important for HYS)

I know someone with a 3.9+/175+ who only got into one T14 due to PS/LOR.


How did he know his LOR was bad? And did he write a poem for his PS?

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Re: Ruining your chances

Postby catsparka » Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:47 pm

whymeohgodno wrote:
im_blue wrote:applying late
bad PS (e.g. poor writing, topic, or format)
bad LOR
yield protection
LSAT retakes (probably more important for HYS)

I know someone with a 3.9+/175+ who only got into one T14 due to PS/LOR.


How did he know his LOR was bad? And did he write a poem for his PS?


I once read on an admissions blog about someone who wrote a self-addressed rejection letter for their PS. I'm guessing the adcomms just mailed that back to him in a few weeks.

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Re: Ruining your chances

Postby MysticalWheel » Mon Nov 15, 2010 4:47 pm

catsparka wrote:
whymeohgodno wrote:
im_blue wrote:applying late
bad PS (e.g. poor writing, topic, or format)
bad LOR
yield protection
LSAT retakes (probably more important for HYS)

I know someone with a 3.9+/175+ who only got into one T14 due to PS/LOR.


How did he know his LOR was bad? And did he write a poem for his PS?


I once read on an admissions blog about someone who wrote a self-addressed rejection letter for their PS. I'm guessing the adcomms just mailed that back to him in a few weeks.


ROFL




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