Admissions Office Shout-Outs

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Admissions Office Shout-Outs

Postby Rocketman11 » Tue Nov 03, 2009 3:53 pm

When you think about it, for most of us the admissions staff are the faces and personalities that we associate with the school. I know that one school I applied to sent out emails with typos, emails with broken URLs, followed by apologies and just the entire thing seemed chaotic. Even the font and layout of the emails was eye-wrenching. Another school I had to email 4 people before I found someone who could answer if the school offered merit-based fee waivers! Four!

Are there any schools that you think are just the model of how an admissions office should work?

I'm going to give a shout out to Michigan State. Regardless of their low rank, the admissions staff is awesome. They have always responded to my emails within the hour and are very courteous and eager to help and answer questions. The T1 schools I have applied to have not been able to hold a candle to MSU.

What about ya'll? Horror stories are welcome too...

TLS Peer Scores (sorted by USNews Rank):

Yale – 0-1
Harvard – 4-0
Stanford – 4-1

Columbia – 1-1
NYU – 0-8
Berkeley – 1-1
Chicago – 0-1
UPenn – 1-0
Michigan – 14-0
Duke – 7-3
Northwestern – 2-0
UVA – 19-0
Cornell – 3-0

GULC – 3-4
Texas – 4-0
UCLA – 0-1
Vandy – 10-0
WUSTL – 2-4
BU – 0-4

Emory – 2-0
Indiana-Bloomington – 1-0
Notre Dame – 3-0

Iowa – 1-2
GW – 3-1
Alabama – 2-2
Fordham – 3-0
UNC – 0-2
Washington & Lee – 1-0
Ohio State - 0-1
Wisconsin - 2-0
Wake Forest – 6-0

GMU – 0-1
Colorado - 2-0
SMU – 1-0
FSU - 1-0
Cincinnati – 2-0
Arizona State – 1-0
San Diego - 1-0

Temple – 1-1
Oklahoma – 1-0
Pittsburgh – 2-0

Rutgers-Camden – 1-1
Loyola - 1-0
Marquette – 1-0
South Carolina – 0-1
Northeastern – 1-0
MSU – 1-0
Mississippi – 1-0

Liberty - 0-1
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Re: Admissions Office Shout-Outs

Postby Carlisle » Tue Nov 03, 2009 3:54 pm

i'll give a shout out to marquette. good people, so good i almost want to go there.

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Re: Admissions Office Shout-Outs

Postby Helmholtz » Tue Nov 03, 2009 3:59 pm

Michigan

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Re: Admissions Office Shout-Outs

Postby TheBigMediocre » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:00 pm

Big shout out to Vanderbilt. The secretary I spoke to when I called their office was one of the most pleasant people I've ever spoken to on the phone and the assistant director I had my VULS interview was extremely congenial!

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Re: Admissions Office Shout-Outs

Postby Rocketman11 » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:02 pm

Carlisle wrote:i'll give a shout out to marquette. good people, so good i almost want to go there.


Isn't it pretty persuasive? It's weird... all I know is if I open "Rocketman's School of Law and Girls Making Out" the admissions staff will be top notch.

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Re: Admissions Office Shout-Outs

Postby awesomepossum » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:02 pm

Offices I liked (I was applying during the '06-'07 school year):

Michigan (uber nice)
Fordham (super fast turnaround..they had some problem with their admitted student binder though...they kept sending it piecemeal)
Harvard (they were really nice...even though they rejected me...do not pass go, do not collect $200)

Offices I hated:

Boston University (slow...REALLY SLOW.....did I mention they were slow?)
Duke (rude...borderline mean)
NYU (hard to talk to...even after admitted)
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Re: Admissions Office Shout-Outs

Postby Helmholtz » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:03 pm

I would like to give a negative shoutout to NYU and WUSTL.

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Re: Admissions Office Shout-Outs

Postby lateforthesky16 » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:05 pm

Washington and Lee. Nice people, quick and enthusiastic email responses, at least pretending like they really care...its a nice change of pace. I agree with those choosing Michigan, too.

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Re: Admissions Office Shout-Outs

Postby Rocketman11 » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:05 pm

I'll keep track in the OP if this gets over a page. Net shout out points, so be sure to include your negatives!

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Re: Admissions Office Shout-Outs

Postby Amelie » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:15 pm

Michigan - they even wrote a personal note on the general letter asking me to apply. I'm sure it was just a secretary, but nice touch. Also the people in the office were incredibly nice when I called.

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Re: Admissions Office Shout-Outs

Postby sckon » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:15 pm

Wendy at Notre Dame is crazy awesome

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Re: Admissions Office Shout-Outs

Postby Anastasia Dee Dualla » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:21 pm

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Re: Admissions Office Shout-Outs

Postby Lady Heather » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:23 pm

OU - I left a question on my app blank. A staff member called me for my answer and, within a few days, I was accepted.

EDIT: For you non-NCAA FB fans, I'm talking about Oklahoma.

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Re: Admissions Office Shout-Outs

Postby sckon » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:24 pm

Lady Heather wrote:OU - I left a question on my app blank. A staff member called me for my answer and, within a few days, I was accepted.

EDIT: For you non-NCAA FB fans, I'm talking about Oklahoma.



They have a law school?!!!!!!!!


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Re: Admissions Office Shout-Outs

Postby Jericwithers » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:25 pm

+ Penn: very nice email response.
- Berkley: very rude one word (No.) email response.

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Re: Admissions Office Shout-Outs

Postby wired » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:27 pm

TheBigMediocre wrote:Big shout out to Vanderbilt. The secretary I spoke to when I called their office was one of the most pleasant people I've ever spoken to on the phone and the assistant director I had my VULS interview was extremely congenial!


+1. When I sent in my scholarship essays I included a separate note to the admissions staff thanking them for how amazing they were. The experience furthered my perception that they are a small, collegial school that focuses on their community.

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Re: Admissions Office Shout-Outs

Postby sckon » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:28 pm

Iowa seemed kind of rude through email. Read into that however you want.


Arizona was great. Got the message straight from the dean and told me to email him with any questions in the future. Nice guy

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Re: Admissions Office Shout-Outs

Postby Kretzy » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:28 pm

NYU and Columbia have been pretty underwhelming. NYU won't respond to emails and calls, and Columbia has been standoffish.

I also hate Baylor, because they won't take me off their damn mailing list.

Michigan, Duke and Texas have all been excellent, though.

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Re: Admissions Office Shout-Outs

Postby Lady Heather » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:30 pm

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Re: Admissions Office Shout-Outs

Postby irie » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:40 pm

shout out to Michigan for the personalized letter with handwritten post-script note by Dean Z. Virginia and Duke for the ultra fast application complete time and online app check notice.

two thumbs down to NYU for STILL NOT RESPONDING TO MY SEPTEMBER 3rd APPLICATION.

and one thumb down to Chicago because Ann Perry refused to shake my hand at a law school forum because of a city wide "flu alert"

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Re: Admissions Office Shout-Outs

Postby calawbiz » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:46 pm

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Harvard

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Stanford
NYU

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Re: Admissions Office Shout-Outs

Postby WhiskeyGuy » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:49 pm

UVA was interested and interesting in its reply to my fee waiver request.

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Re: Admissions Office Shout-Outs

Postby Carlisle » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:53 pm

negative shout to temple. i asked them a question via email and they just copy and pasted a paragraph from their website that did not answer my question. seemed pretty snarky.

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Re: Admissions Office Shout-Outs

Postby nyyankees » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:56 pm

shout out to Emory, really nice set of email exchanges. Felt personal and warm in tone.

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Re: Admissions Office Shout-Outs

Postby happy19 » Tue Nov 03, 2009 5:06 pm

Wake Forest was really nice in e-mail exchanges and on the phone.




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