Reversal?

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sgt101st
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Reversal?

Postby sgt101st » Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:56 pm

Greetings all,

My question is this. I was recently rejected from a university a few days ago that my numbers put me right in their median. It happens. As you can judge by my name, I also have a history of military service.

That same university that I got rejected from a few days ago, is now hosting a special reception for veterans in the local area that are looking at pursuing admissions at that university. I cannot imagine there being a large number of veterans in the local area being able to attend, meaning it would likely be a pretty intimate meeting. At this reception will be the Dean of Admissions for that law school.

My question is this. Given that they are specifically seeking out veterans to attend their law school, and that I fit right in their median, does anyone know whether it is possible for an admission decision to be reversed? Does anyone know if this has ever occurred in the past, is it legal, etc? Thank you for any advice you can provide.

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Re: Reversal?

Postby Guchster » Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:09 pm

sgt101st wrote:Greetings all,

My question is this. I was recently rejected from a university a few days ago that my numbers put me right in their median. It happens. As you can judge by my name, I also have a history of military service.

That same university that I got rejected from a few days ago, is now hosting a special reception for veterans in the local area that are looking at pursuing admissions at that university. I cannot imagine there being a large number of veterans in the local area being able to attend, meaning it would likely be a pretty intimate meeting. At this reception will be the Dean of Admissions for that law school.

My question is this. Given that they are specifically seeking out veterans to attend their law school, and that I fit right in their median, does anyone know whether it is possible for an admission decision to be reversed? Does anyone know if this has ever occurred in the past, is it legal, etc? Thank you for any advice you can provide.


I think this only makes sense if there are some networking opportunities to be had (meeting future employers or getting to network with other schools that haven't decided on your admissions decision). Otherwise, I don't think a reversal is likely (almost impossible)---it would undermine their admissions process and speak to the superficiality of it (if they'd reverse it solely for the reason that you went to a recruitment meet & greet to say hiz to the dean).
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Re: Reversal?

Postby No13baby » Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:09 pm

No, you can't appeal admissions decisions, and trying to do so is going to make a REALLY bad impression on the dean. If you have your heart set on this school, wait a year and reapply in the fall.

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Re: Reversal?

Postby pillowpet » Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:12 pm

i could see you getting admitted off of a waitlist because you went to that sort of reception. However, i can't see an adcomm completely reversing a denial. it seems that offices will want to maintain a strict rule and not make any exceptions. if they reversed a decision for you, then they would got a boat load of rejects petitioning to get reversed also.

it probably won't hurt asking or even attending the reception. maybe you'll enjoy it enough and decide that you would like to wait a year to attend that school.

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Re: Reversal?

Postby landla » Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:07 pm

No13baby wrote:No, you can't appeal admissions decisions, and trying to do so is going to make a REALLY bad impression on the dean. If you have your heart set on this school, wait a year and reapply in the fall.


Agreed. I would add to this that, if your heart is set on this school, attend the event, network, make a good impression on the dean and others, (keep up with the network as much as possible, depending on the depth of the event and connections made,) and apply next year. If you are set on attending this year, you aren't going to that school, I'd say.

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Re: Reversal?

Postby 20130312 » Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:10 pm

Establish a conversation with the dean of admissions. Slowly shift the conversation to your rejected application. Jokingly suggest that they give your application a second look. Stare at him dead in the eyes and don't say another word until he agrees.

If he doesn't agree, bring up that you used to be in the military and then crack your knuckles.

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Re: Reversal?

Postby Guchster » Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:14 pm

InGoodFaith wrote:Establish a conversation with the dean of admissions. Slowly shift the conversation to your rejected application. Jokingly suggest that they give your application a second look. Stare at him dead in the eyes and don't say another word until he agrees.

If he doesn't agree, bring up that you used to be in the military and then crack your knuckles.


HOLY SHIT THIS IS THE BEST POAST I'VE SEEN IN A WHILE

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Re: Reversal?

Postby Guchster » Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:23 pm

If you need a reference on how to do this, watch at ~25 seconds:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPIfKeQL9eQ

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Re: Reversal?

Postby mrtoren » Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:54 pm

sgt101st wrote:Greetings all,

My question is this. I was recently rejected from a university a few days ago that my numbers put me right in their median. It happens. As you can judge by my name, I also have a history of military service.

That same university that I got rejected from a few days ago, is now hosting a special reception for veterans in the local area that are looking at pursuing admissions at that university. I cannot imagine there being a large number of veterans in the local area being able to attend, meaning it would likely be a pretty intimate meeting. At this reception will be the Dean of Admissions for that law school.

My question is this. Given that they are specifically seeking out veterans to attend their law school, and that I fit right in their median, does anyone know whether it is possible for an admission decision to be reversed? Does anyone know if this has ever occurred in the past, is it legal, etc? Thank you for any advice you can provide.

Terrible idea. The admissions process is supposed to be uniform so that what you're trying to do can't be done. Why should attending a meet-and-greet to rub shoulders with the admissions officials affect whether or not you're qualified to attend?

Reapply next cycle or attend a different school.

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Re: Reversal?

Postby sgt101st » Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:04 am

Hm, it sounds like while it may be a good networking opportunity, the likelihood of changing any decision is unlikely. I suppose my fear (and any rejected applicant I suppose) is that elements of my application were overlooked for whatever unfortunate reason. My original belief is that there were either other applicants with a military background with better qualifications than I, or that they already had admitted as many former military service members as they intended for this cycle. Then I received that email and got curious as they appear to be encouraging more military members to apply. Thank you for your replies and I wish you all the best of luck.




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