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GWU Binding ED?

Postby Cupidity » Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:00 am

I've been considering GWU for a while now, in part because I'm confident they will jump at least 5 places in the the USNWR ratings next year following the whole PT fiasco this year. The school offers a Binding ED that comes with full scholarship if accepted, my numbers are 3.87 166 + A- softs.

With my numbers will I get in on ED with full tuition?

If so, should I do it? I like the idea of full tuition to a top 30, but with my numbers I think I have a shot at good money from USC or BU which are ranked higher--and there is also the remote shot I could get lucky and make it into Cornell or UCLA or something great.

Thoughts?

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Re: GWU Binding ED?

Postby gwuorbust » Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:11 am

With my numbers will I get in on ED with full tuition?


Realistically, no not really. I heard from another TLS post that the numbers were 169 LSAT and like a 3.8 GPA. Being in DC, I went and asked them to confirm, and the receptionist confirmed the same statistics. Also, when I asked her she said it is essentially all a numbers game. Thus, with a 3.87 166, it is probably not going to happen (when you say 166+ if that is like two more points + then I would say you stand a good chance).

I thought about applying to it, but didn't bother considering my current stats (163, 3.7ish).

That being said, if they cannot accept you to the ED program then they will ::usually:: defer your application to the general pool (unless your stats are below par, which they are not).

think I have a shot at good money from USC or BU which are ranked higher


do those have strings attached? You don’t want to lose your scholarship in the case you get hit badly by the curve or something. GWU full ride is string free fyi.

edit: edit to say: if you really want to go there, why not try going for ED if you would be fine going to GWU?
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Re: GWU Binding ED?

Postby Zapatero » Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:12 am

I also heard that they're only giving out 5 ED scholarships. Granted, I saw it in another TLS post, so it could be hearsay.

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Re: GWU Binding ED?

Postby Cupidity » Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:13 am

I mean 166 with good softs "166 + Softs" I figured that my 3.87 might help me...but eh, you are probably right. I'd rather go to BU/UCLA/Cornell at full price anyway.

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Re: GWU Binding ED?

Postby gwuorbust » Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:16 am

I also heard that they're only giving out 5 ED scholarships. Granted, I saw it in another TLS post, so it could be hearsay.


I think it is around 50, at least that it what I heard from ppl around GWU. (This was not the office of admissions, just students). But I am very sure it is like 50 per year.

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Re: GWU Binding ED?

Postby gwuorbust » Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:17 am

I mean 166 with good softs "166 + Softs" I figured that my 3.87 might help me...but eh, you are probably right. I'd rather go to BU/UCLA/Cornell at full price anyway.


What about BC at cost? This is something I have been mulling and don't know how to answer. Thought?

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Re: GWU Binding ED?

Postby Cupidity » Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:19 am

gwuorbust wrote:
I mean 166 with good softs "166 + Softs" I figured that my 3.87 might help me...but eh, you are probably right. I'd rather go to BU/UCLA/Cornell at full price anyway.


What about BC at cost? This is something I have been mulling and don't know how to answer. Thought?


I've seriously thought about it. BC was always my top choice, as sick as this sounds--I'd have taken it over Harvard (assuming it was BC free v. Harvard Sticker) but recently with the whole Maine Marriage thing, I'm not sure. If you aren't a homo, I think its a dream school.

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Re: GWU Binding ED?

Postby Dignan » Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:39 am

Cupidity wrote:If so, should I do it? I like the idea of full tuition to a top 30, but with my numbers I think I have a shot at good money from USC or BU which are ranked higher

When you're talking about the difference between USC, BU, and GW, I suggest not paying much attention to the USNWR rankings. Those three are similar in terms of reputation and student quality. Also, each is a top regional school that is the "second best" in its respective market.

When deciding among those three, it's more important for you to decide which area you prefer (LA, Boston, or DC) than it is for you to pick the one that is a few places higher in an arbitrary and volatile rankings system. And if you really don't have a preference for one area over the other, then pick the school that gives you the most money.
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Re: GWU Binding ED?

Postby beermestrength » Thu Nov 26, 2009 12:23 am

I am a ED student at GW (1L) and just want to clear up some confusion. The program is still going strong, no plans to reduce it to 5 people as far as I'm aware and I think I would have heard something. Last year they took 29 people early decision out of more than 900 applicants. Average LSAT was 169 and average GPA was around a 3.7-3.8 - although many of the ED students had higher LSATS. Best of luck everyone.

As an aside, if you can get into GW ED you will likely get money (though nowhere near a full-ride) at several other schools. I got near half tuition at schools like BU and Fordham and a 3/4 tuition at William and Mary last year.

Also, ignore the rankings from last year to some extent. I would look at the consistent ranking before the new ranking system took place to get an idea of the reputation of the schools. Further, I would expect GW to make a big jump in the rankings for this year's US News - I could be wrong - but I think last year's change in stauts was unfair.

Good luck!

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Re: GWU Binding ED?

Postby ruleser » Thu Nov 26, 2009 12:40 am

I would think ucla/cornell are possible. Why are you not retaking in dec - that gpa + a few extra right =t14 with $

Gw is mainly regional, decide where you want to be. Free ride may be worth it if you want dc

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Re: GWU Binding ED?

Postby bullfighter » Thu Nov 26, 2009 12:12 pm

beermestrength wrote:I am a ED student at GW (1L) and just want to clear up some confusion. The program is still going strong, no plans to reduce it to 5 people as far as I'm aware and I think I would have heard something. Last year they took 29 people early decision out of more than 900 applicants. Average LSAT was 169 and average GPA was around a 3.7-3.8 - although many of the ED students had higher LSATS. Best of luck everyone.

As an aside, if you can get into GW ED you will likely get money (though nowhere near a full-ride) at several other schools. I got near half tuition at schools like BU and Fordham and a 3/4 tuition at William and Mary last year.

Also, ignore the rankings from last year to some extent. I would look at the consistent ranking before the new ranking system took place to get an idea of the reputation of the schools. Further, I would expect GW to make a big jump in the rankings for this year's US News - I could be wrong - but I think last year's change in stauts was unfair.

Good luck!


thanks bms,
That is one of the first informed statements about the gw ed this cycle. I think people got the five number because someone randomly threw it in a thread with no background infromation about themselves or why they thought that.

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Re: GWU Binding ED?

Postby wiseowl » Thu Nov 26, 2009 12:53 pm

Someone in the admissions office when I applied last cycle told me very much what you said above - the ED program is strictly a numbers game, period. It is an attempt to buy off students who would normally go to better schools. Period. And they are pretty open about that. Softs are largely not important.

I applied with a 3.62/170 last year and did not get it. And then I went to Duke instead. No loss to me, really. You'll be in the same boat. If you don't get this, you'll end up at another great school that you will love.

If you love DC or are very IP focused, I'd say go for it. You have nothing to lose.

But if there is any chance you might want to use your binding early decision somewhere else (people with your stats have already gotten into UVA ED this cycle) you should do that.

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Re: GWU Binding ED?

Postby democrattotheend » Thu Jan 07, 2010 2:35 pm

gwuorbust wrote:
With my numbers will I get in on ED with full tuition?


Realistically, no not really. I heard from another TLS post that the numbers were 169 LSAT and like a 3.8 GPA. Being in DC, I went and asked them to confirm, and the receptionist confirmed the same statistics. Also, when I asked her she said it is essentially all a numbers game. Thus, with a 3.87 166, it is probably not going to happen (when you say 166+ if that is like two more points + then I would say you stand a good chance).

I thought about applying to it, but didn't bother considering my current stats (163, 3.7ish).

That being said, if they cannot accept you to the ED program then they will ::usually:: defer your application to the general pool (unless your stats are below par, which they are not).

think I have a shot at good money from USC or BU which are ranked higher


do those have strings attached? You don’t want to lose your scholarship in the case you get hit badly by the curve or something. GWU full ride is string free fyi.

edit: edit to say: if you really want to go there, why not try going for ED if you would be fine going to GWU?


Is 3.8/169 the median for ED at GW?

I know it's too late for this year but if I don't get into Georgetown this year or get in but don't get any money I may decide to wait until next year and ED at GW.




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