Official Georgetown Transfer Class of 2012-13

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Official Georgetown Transfer Class of 2012-13

Postby newyorker69 » Sat Apr 24, 2010 3:51 pm

Ok everyone, I decided to make a new thread to separate the discussion of GULC transfer acceptances/deferrals/rejections and focus on questions about transfer matriculation.

Congrats to all the first wave of EA acceptances. I hope a lot more will be joining in our discussion in the upcoming weeks (both EA and Regular cycle transfer applicants).



From what I've gathered from the EA thread, everyone's tuition deposit is due May 10th. However, my admitted students' page says May 3rd. Any else have this discrepancy?

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Re: Official Georgetown Transfer Class of 2012-13

Postby bkthunder » Sat Apr 24, 2010 8:10 pm

Yes, I am noticing the same thing. Maybe the 1L tuition deposit is May 3 but the transfer one is May 10? I really don't know.

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Re: Official Georgetown Transfer Class of 2012-13

Postby apper123 » Sat Apr 24, 2010 8:12 pm

Per the letter the transfer info is not up on the admitted students site yet. We should all obviously rely on the date in the letter I would think...

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Re: Official Georgetown Transfer Class of 2012-13

Postby newyorker69 » Sat Apr 24, 2010 8:20 pm

how about law review.. im sure everyone is planning on writing on?

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Re: Official Georgetown Transfer Class of 2012-13

Postby apper123 » Sat Apr 24, 2010 10:16 pm

im planning on TRYING to write on! haha

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Re: Official Georgetown Transfer Class of 2012-13

Postby Journeybound » Sat Apr 24, 2010 10:17 pm

I definitely plan on doing the competition. Do we have to write on with the transfer competition, or as EA admits can we write on with the regular student body?

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Re: Official Georgetown Transfer Class of 2012-13

Postby Wooster33 » Sat Apr 24, 2010 10:18 pm

LOL.

Most of you EA people won't attend anyway.

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Re: Official Georgetown Transfer Class of 2012-13

Postby apper123 » Sat Apr 24, 2010 10:19 pm

Wooster33 wrote:LOL.

Most of you EA people won't attend anyway.


I'm at a low 80s T2. I'm pretty sure I'll be attending, haha. It's not like Harvard and Columbia are going to be fighting over me with NYU waiting to pick up the scraps or something.

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Re: Official Georgetown Transfer Class of 2012-13

Postby Wooster33 » Sat Apr 24, 2010 10:22 pm

apper123 wrote:
Wooster33 wrote:LOL.

Most of you EA people won't attend anyway.


I'm at a low 80s T2. I'm pretty sure I'll be attending, haha. It's not like Harvard and Columbia are going to be fighting over me with NYU waiting to pick up the scraps or something.


Well, if you repeat your performance you will likely get into a T10. You don't think you will attend MVPB over GULC?

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Re: Official Georgetown Transfer Class of 2012-13

Postby apper123 » Sat Apr 24, 2010 10:27 pm

Wooster33 wrote:
apper123 wrote:
Wooster33 wrote:LOL.

Most of you EA people won't attend anyway.


I'm at a low 80s T2. I'm pretty sure I'll be attending, haha. It's not like Harvard and Columbia are going to be fighting over me with NYU waiting to pick up the scraps or something.


Well, if you repeat your performance you will likely get into a T10. You don't think you will attend MVPB over GULC?


UVA and P maybe. Not Michigan or Berkley. I want to work in DC, and I want to work in conservative politics and policy as an end-game goal. GULC is really the best school I can think of for that outside of HYS and maybe CCN. I'd prob take T6 over GULC, but nothing outside of it and maybe not even then.

I really, really like the school and right now feel like it is where I belong. Also, I'm not so sure I'll repeat performance. If my GPA drops even 0.10, I'll fall out of the top 5% and could fall out of the top 10%. We have a very small class size. In addition, many of my exams have strict word limits and tons of multiple choice. Flat curves.

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Re: Official Georgetown Transfer Class of 2012-13

Postby XM3045 » Sat Apr 24, 2010 10:34 pm

I can say I definitely will be going to GULC. I love DC and it was between Gtown and GW for me. Luckily got into Gtown and don't have to mess with another application. I have to say I am very relieved to have gotten in before exams. Still need to buckle down but it won't be the same 24/7 panic that was going on before the first round of exams.

Congrats to everyone who got in. If you're planning on going and are normal or somewhat normal and want to meet up for a beer before classes start let me know.

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Re: Official Georgetown Transfer Class of 2012-13

Postby newyorker69 » Sat Apr 24, 2010 11:11 pm

XM3045 wrote:I can say I definitely will be going to GULC. I love DC and it was between Gtown and GW for me. Luckily got into Gtown and don't have to mess with another application. I have to say I am very relieved to have gotten in before exams. Still need to buckle down but it won't be the same 24/7 panic that was going on before the first round of exams.

Congrats to everyone who got in. If you're planning on going and are normal or somewhat normal and want to meet up for a beer before classes start let me know.


LOL. I will definitely take you up on that offer. I prob wont be able to come down to visit DC until mid May until finals but I cant wait to see my new home for the next 2 years!

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Re: Official Georgetown Transfer Class of 2012-13

Postby apper123 » Sat Apr 24, 2010 11:26 pm

What is everyone doing about living?

Especially people who will be taking shots at T10s/T6s as well?

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Re: Official Georgetown Transfer Class of 2012-13

Postby newyorker69 » Sun Apr 25, 2010 12:31 am

apper123 wrote:What is everyone doing about living?

Especially people who will be taking shots at T10s/T6s as well?


This is an interest question indeed. I will be living out the summer in NY until I hear back from the other T14s. I hope to know for sure by August 1st and I will sign a lease at a nice apartment outside DC (DC i hear is ridiculously expensive). I have a friend who lives in Silver Spring, MD and it seems nice and not too far from GULC.

Anyone have any ideas about what areas are nice to live? I will be brining my wife down with me who will have to find a new job.

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Re: Official Georgetown Transfer Class of 2012-13

Postby Journeybound » Sun Apr 25, 2010 12:39 am

Newyorker, I'm in the same situation about bringing my wife with me. We really want a two bedroom that allows small dogs. So within DC is probably out. I can't afford 2-3k per month! Anyways, lets keep each other apprised about our findings. I haven't seriously started looking yet, but I'll begin after finals.

Also, for those of us who are married, can we ask for more financial aid money? Or is it capped out at the budget they give for single students?

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Re: Official Georgetown Transfer Class of 2012-13

Postby newyorker69 » Sun Apr 25, 2010 12:41 am

Journeybound wrote:Newyorker, I'm in the same situation about bringing my wife with me. We really want a two bedroom that allows small dogs. So within DC is probably out. I can't afford 2-3k per month! Anyways, lets keep each other apprised about our findings. I haven't seriously started looking yet, but I'll begin after finals.

Also, for those of us who are married, can we ask for more financial aid money? Or is it capped out at the budget they give for single students?


I'm not sure about the financial aid question but cant you get as much of the PLUS loans as you want (since its based on credit)?

Also, how much do you think apts are outside DC? Are you looking in MD or VA? Which is cheaper? nicer?

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Re: Official Georgetown Transfer Class of 2012-13

Postby AmicusCuriae » Sun Apr 25, 2010 12:45 am

Congrats to all the EA transfers. I transferred into GULC almost 2 years ago (EA) and am about to graduate. Feel free to ask any questions, housing or otherwise. I'm also married and my wife had no problem finding a decent job here.

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Re: Official Georgetown Transfer Class of 2012-13

Postby newyorker69 » Sun Apr 25, 2010 1:20 am

AmicusCuriae wrote:Congrats to all the EA transfers. I transferred into GULC almost 2 years ago (EA) and am about to graduate. Feel free to ask any questions, housing or otherwise. I'm also married and my wife had no problem finding a decent job here.


AmicusCuriae: wow, you're just the type of person I'm looking for!!!! I have a ton of questions.. I'll just start with the ones I can think of first. I appreciate the offer to help us new recruits 8)

1. Where did you transfer from and what were your stats?
2. Were you able to compete with the T14ers @ GULC? How did your rank compare with your old school?
3. How was your transition? Is there an anti-transfer culture? What [strike]should[/strike] must I know about the transition process?
4. How did you do @ OCI?
5. How was your overall experience @ GULC? Do you have any transfer regrets?
6. As far as housing, how did it work out for you? Where did you live? How much rent? Commute time?
7. Where are the best places to live outside DC? Cheapest?
8. MD or VA - pros/cons?

Thanks in advance!!!

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Re: Official Georgetown Transfer Class of 2012-13

Postby apper123 » Sun Apr 25, 2010 1:52 am

Haha newyorker asked all the questions I wanted to.

I will add this one:

What are you doing after you graduate?

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Re: Official Georgetown Transfer Class of 2012-13

Postby AmicusCuriae » Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:53 am

1. Where did you transfer from and what were your stats?
Transferred from JMLS in Chicago. Was top 3% after 1st semester.

2. Were you able to compete with the T14ers @ GULC? How did your rank compare with your old school?
I've done better than I expected. I expect to graduate inside the top 1/3, but outside the top 10%.

3. How was your transition? Is there an anti-transfer culture? What [strike]should[/strike] must I know about the transition process?
Transition was easy. Definitely not an anti-transfer culture. The class is huge anyway, like 600ish, so you don't stand out. The transfers do tend to stick together, so it's easy to make some friends quickly.

4. How did you do @ OCI?
Did fairly well, though the market was starting to crumble when I interviewed. I think i has 20 or so interviews, 3 call-backs and 2 offers.
5. How was your overall experience @ GULC? Do you have any transfer regrets?
Experience has been amazing. No regrets whatsoever, though i hate DC so I am certainly glad things are coming to an end. Also, the student loan balance is a little terrifying.
6. As far as housing, how did it work out for you? Where did you live? How much rent? Commute time?
Housing worked out well. My wife and I got a good deal on a place behind Union Station, within walking distance to GULC. It's about $2k per month, but for its size and location it's a good price. My walk to school is less than 15mins. Fortunately my wife has a good job so we can pay the rent without huge living expense loans.
7. Where are the best places to live outside DC? Cheapest?
I personally wouldn't want to live in the 'burbs. The commute on the Metro can be incredibly frustrating, given its recent unreliability. That said, Arlington (Courthouse, Clarendon) is nice, but also still pricey. Alexandria is cheaper, but also quite a bit further away. Silver Spring isn't bad, but for the stress of the commute i still think it's expensive. My guess is you can find a place on Capital Hill in the same price range as outside the city. The "expensive" neighborhoods in the city are going to generally be DuPont Circle, Adams Morgan, Woodley Park and Penn Quarter. There are apartments across from GULC, but a 1br is in the $2k range.

8. MD or VA - pros/
See 7, but the commute time is definitely a con.

9. I've got a firm job in NYC starting in the fall.

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Re: Official Georgetown Transfer Class of 2012-13

Postby newyorker69 » Sun Apr 25, 2010 3:12 pm

AmicusCuriae wrote:1. Where did you transfer from and what were your stats?
Transferred from JMLS in Chicago. Was top 3% after 1st semester.

2. Were you able to compete with the T14ers @ GULC? How did your rank compare with your old school?
I've done better than I expected. I expect to graduate inside the top 1/3, but outside the top 10%.

3. How was your transition? Is there an anti-transfer culture? What [strike]should[/strike] must I know about the transition process?
Transition was easy. Definitely not an anti-transfer culture. The class is huge anyway, like 600ish, so you don't stand out. The transfers do tend to stick together, so it's easy to make some friends quickly.

4. How did you do @ OCI?
Did fairly well, though the market was starting to crumble when I interviewed. I think i has 20 or so interviews, 3 call-backs and 2 offers.
5. How was your overall experience @ GULC? Do you have any transfer regrets?
Experience has been amazing. No regrets whatsoever, though i hate DC so I am certainly glad things are coming to an end. Also, the student loan balance is a little terrifying.
6. As far as housing, how did it work out for you? Where did you live? How much rent? Commute time?
Housing worked out well. My wife and I got a good deal on a place behind Union Station, within walking distance to GULC. It's about $2k per month, but for its size and location it's a good price. My walk to school is less than 15mins. Fortunately my wife has a good job so we can pay the rent without huge living expense loans.
7. Where are the best places to live outside DC? Cheapest?
I personally wouldn't want to live in the 'burbs. The commute on the Metro can be incredibly frustrating, given its recent unreliability. That said, Arlington (Courthouse, Clarendon) is nice, but also still pricey. Alexandria is cheaper, but also quite a bit further away. Silver Spring isn't bad, but for the stress of the commute i still think it's expensive. My guess is you can find a place on Capital Hill in the same price range as outside the city. The "expensive" neighborhoods in the city are going to generally be DuPont Circle, Adams Morgan, Woodley Park and Penn Quarter. There are apartments across from GULC, but a 1br is in the $2k range.

8. MD or VA - pros/
See 7, but the commute time is definitely a con.

9. I've got a firm job in NYC starting in the fall.


Thanks for all the helpful info!

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Re: Official Georgetown Transfer Class of 2012-13

Postby XM3045 » Sun Apr 25, 2010 3:20 pm

Odd question for someone going into 2L year...but...

How much do you guys know about the Financial Aid process. It is actually my first time dealing with it. I went to (in)state school for UGrad and worked part time and summers to pay as I went, and I used my saving from a couple years of working and living on ramen to pay for the first year of law school. However there is 0 chance that is going to work with a 40+K bill for the next two years. I filed with FAFSA and listed Gtown by March 1. The Gtown website says something about getting your paperwork in w/in 2 weeks of being accepted....what can I expect?

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Re: Official Georgetown Transfer Class of 2012-13

Postby AmicusCuriae » Sun Apr 25, 2010 3:28 pm

XM3045 wrote:Odd question for someone going into 2L year...but...

How much do you guys know about the Financial Aid process. It is actually my first time dealing with it. I went to (in)state school for UGrad and worked part time and summers to pay as I went, and I used my saving from a couple years of working and living on ramen to pay for the first year of law school. However there is 0 chance that is going to work with a 40+K bill for the next two years. I filed with FAFSA and listed Gtown by March 1. The Gtown website says something about getting your paperwork in w/in 2 weeks of being accepted....what can I expect?


You'll get $20,500 from the Federal government (Stafford Loans), probably $8500 of it subsidized while in school. You can make up the difference between that and the published cost of attendance with GradPLUS loans. All very easy, but the interest rates are horrible (6.8 on the Staffords and 8.5 on the GradPLUS).

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Re: Official Georgetown Transfer Class of 2012-13

Postby Journeybound » Sun Apr 25, 2010 3:39 pm

I've been looking around about this, and from what I understand, there is a new program that adjusts your monthly payments after graduation according to your income. So, if I had 180k of debt, and I was only making 60k after grad, it said that I would only owe 450 per month. Have any of you heard about this? Or will I be forced to make 1,700 per month payments after graduation. Its the amount owed per month that scares me...

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Re: Official Georgetown Transfer Class of 2012-13

Postby AmicusCuriae » Sun Apr 25, 2010 3:44 pm

Journeybound wrote:I've been looking around about this, and from what I understand, there is a new program that adjusts your monthly payments after graduation according to your income. So, if I had 180k of debt, and I was only making 60k after grad, it said that I would only owe 450 per month. Have any of you heard about this? Or will I be forced to make 1,700 per month payments after graduation. Its the amount owed per month that scares me...


It's called Income Based Repayment. You pay something like 15% of your disposable income (Calculated by the lenders) over a max repayment period of like 25 years. Check out http://www.ibrinfo.org.




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