Top 2-3% at a 55-65 ranked school - early action?

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KafkaLover
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Top 2-3% at a 55-65 ranked school - early action?

Postby KafkaLover » Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:48 pm

Fall semester grades came back pretty great, but I KILLED myself to get those grades and feel like the results were still dependent on some percentage of luck. I don't think I'll do poorly this semester, but I'm worried that the performance won't be as stellar. Does early action to Chicago sound feasible? How about Georgetown? Should I stick it out and hope for a repeat in round two? Any thoughts are appreciated, thank you!

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Re: Top 2-3% at a 55-65 ranked school - early action?

Postby rman1201 » Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:52 pm

If you're going to keep the school anonymous you should edit your old posts ... (they're all regarding the same school)

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Re: Top 2-3% at a 55-65 ranked school - early action?

Postby KafkaLover » Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:55 pm

Hahaha! I completely forgot. Oh well, cat's out of the bag. Still, any advice?

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Re: Top 2-3% at a 55-65 ranked school - early action?

Postby rman1201 » Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:01 pm

I'm a 0L so I have nothing useful. But good luck! Check out the yahoo group? Nice job with the grades btw. Any advice other than whats on here?

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Re: Top 2-3% at a 55-65 ranked school - early action?

Postby 98234872348 » Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:07 pm

KafkaLover wrote:Fall semester grades came back pretty great, but I KILLED myself to get those grades and feel like the results were still dependent on some percentage of luck. I don't think I'll do poorly this semester, but I'm worried that the performance won't be as stellar. Does early action to Chicago sound feasible? How about Georgetown? Should I stick it out and hope for a repeat in round two? Any thoughts are appreciated, thank you!

EA to Georgetown you should be pretty much a lock (barring odd circumstances, I know of someone on these boards who was deferred with comparable grades at a better school).

At Chi I'd say you actually have a solid chance. Not a lock, but, with your grades you should definitely be competitive. If you can keep them elevated you'll be at least competitive at any of CCN, so if you're not steadfast on going to Chicago you might want to think long and hard before submitting to binding ED.

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Re: Top 2-3% at a 55-65 ranked school - early action?

Postby Younger Abstention » Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:11 pm

You won't be getting into HYS from that school, so U Chi ED is a fine decision.

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Re: Top 2-3% at a 55-65 ranked school - early action?

Postby t14orelse » Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:47 am

KafkaLover wrote:Fall semester grades came back pretty great, but I KILLED myself to get those grades and feel like the results were still dependent on some percentage of luck. I don't think I'll do poorly this semester, but I'm worried that the performance won't be as stellar. Does early action to Chicago sound feasible? How about Georgetown? Should I stick it out and hope for a repeat in round two? Any thoughts are appreciated, thank you!


I was deferred from Gtown EA with similar grades (top 2.10% or something) from a slightly better school and then was accepted when I went up to #1. IIRC, there were three or four others of us on these boards who were deferred with similar grades from similarly ranked schools. There were also about twice that many who got in with those grades. Thus, I would say it's a decent chance, but not a lock.

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Re: Top 2-3% at a 55-65 ranked school - early action?

Postby maf70 » Wed Feb 09, 2011 2:20 am

t14orelse wrote:
KafkaLover wrote:Fall semester grades came back pretty great, but I KILLED myself to get those grades and feel like the results were still dependent on some percentage of luck. I don't think I'll do poorly this semester, but I'm worried that the performance won't be as stellar. Does early action to Chicago sound feasible? How about Georgetown? Should I stick it out and hope for a repeat in round two? Any thoughts are appreciated, thank you!


I was deferred from Gtown EA with similar grades (top 2.10% or something) from a slightly better school and then was accepted when I went up to #1. IIRC, there were three or four others of us on these boards who were deferred with similar grades from similarly ranked schools. There were also about twice that many who got in with those grades. Thus, I would say it's a decent chance, but not a lock.


When you applied did you express your class rank as top 2.10% or whatever? What is the generally accepted practice on this?

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Re: Top 2-3% at a 55-65 ranked school - early action?

Postby t14orelse » Wed Feb 09, 2011 4:40 pm

maf70 wrote:
t14orelse wrote:
KafkaLover wrote:Fall semester grades came back pretty great, but I KILLED myself to get those grades and feel like the results were still dependent on some percentage of luck. I don't think I'll do poorly this semester, but I'm worried that the performance won't be as stellar. Does early action to Chicago sound feasible? How about Georgetown? Should I stick it out and hope for a repeat in round two? Any thoughts are appreciated, thank you!


I was deferred from Gtown EA with similar grades (top 2.10% or something) from a slightly better school and then was accepted when I went up to #1. IIRC, there were three or four others of us on these boards who were deferred with similar grades from similarly ranked schools. There were also about twice that many who got in with those grades. Thus, I would say it's a decent chance, but not a lock.


When you applied did you express your class rank as top 2.10% or whatever? What is the generally accepted practice on this?


Sometimes I called it top 3% and sometimes I called it top 2%. I have no idea which was the technically correct number to write.

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Re: Top 2-3% at a 55-65 ranked school - early action?

Postby maf70 » Wed Feb 09, 2011 6:03 pm

would you ever write 2.1%? i feel that especially for transferring, you need whatever you can get. Would it be reasonable to make 1.17%-->1%?

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Re: Top 2-3% at a 55-65 ranked school - early action?

Postby patrickd139 » Wed Feb 09, 2011 6:55 pm

maf70 wrote:would you ever write 2.1%? i feel that especially for transferring, you need whatever you can get. Would it be reasonable to make 1.17%-->1%?

Don't round up. If you're top .1%, you're still top 1%. Accordingly, if you're top 1.1%, you're top 2%. If you really want to be exact, express your class rank as X/XXX.

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Re: Top 2-3% at a 55-65 ranked school - early action?

Postby t14orelse » Thu Feb 10, 2011 12:03 am

patrickd139 wrote:
maf70 wrote:would you ever write 2.1%? i feel that especially for transferring, you need whatever you can get. Would it be reasonable to make 1.17%-->1%?

Don't round up. If you're top .1%, you're still top 1%. Accordingly, if you're top 1.1%, you're top 2%. If you really want to be exact, express your class rank as X/XXX.


Looking back, I was top 2.0091%. I felt that it was reasonable to express this as top 2%, but I can certainly see the argument for why it should be top 3%. I can see the argument either way.

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Re: Top 2-3% at a 55-65 ranked school - early action?

Postby LogosEther » Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:57 am

Younger Abstention wrote:You won't be getting into HYS from that school, so U Chi ED is a fine decision.


I know someone who went Miami --> H. Jus' sayin'.

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Re: Top 2-3% at a 55-65 ranked school - early action?

Postby Sandro » Thu Feb 10, 2011 7:18 pm

LogosEther wrote:
Younger Abstention wrote:You won't be getting into HYS from that school, so U Chi ED is a fine decision.


I know someone who went Miami --> H. Jus' sayin'.


Clearly Younger Abstention with 20 posts to his name is more qualified to make that juddgment. :wink:




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