dingbat wrote: crumpetsandtea wrote: megagnarley wrote:
crumpetsandtea wrote:I'm just here to second Tiago wholeheartedly. RETAKE, it will be worth it.
Are you also under the opinion that if I score the same, 169, I should still apply in Jan?
I mean, if you REALLY want to apply this cycle then sure...but if you do score in the 160s again (and even if you score in the 170s), your best shot at a good school is going to be if you apply next cycle as early as possible. A January application will hurt your chances.
I disagree strongly with this. I applied in October. One school did not give me a decision until May, while another waitlisted me at that time and gave a final decision in August. If you're clearly in or out, you'll be accepted/rejected fairly quickly bu If you're borderline, they're gonna sit on your app until they know how the class shapes up. In the current (low applicant) environment there's no reason to apply early
This is just silly. When adcomms view your application when the whole class is empty, they're more likely to view you favorably compared to when they look at your application when the class is 80% full. Yes, if you are borderline you will be waitlisted, but just because that happens doesn't mean that applying 3-4 months later won't hurt you at all.
If we're talking anecdotes (which dingbat is), let me toss this one out there:
I have a friend who has the same LSAT score as me (176). His GPA is over half an entire GPA point above mine (2.8 vs. 3.4). I applied in late October/early November. He applied in January. I got into 3 T14s, with money. He got into 1 T14 for sticker price, off the WL in June (I got into the same T14 RD in December and had a scholly offer by February). We now go to the same school. He pays more than me.
HALF AN ENTIRE GPA POINT and yet my cycle was wildly better than his. I don't have amazing softs, or stellar reccs (only one was academic), or an awesome PS. The difference is that I busted my balls and applied ASAP and he didn't apply until most of the T14s had filled their classes already.
In any case, it's all anecdotal, but do you really want to risk it? Don't be dense, do EVERYTHING YOU CAN to give yourself the best cycle possible.
ETA: the more I read dingbats post the more ridiculous I realize the logic is. "YOU MIGHT GET WAITLISTED AT SCHOOLS WHERE YOU ARE BORDERLINE SO DON'T BOTHER APPLYING EARLY LULZ." How does that even make sense? You are giving this person awful advice.