UPenn Class of 2017

(housing, friendships, future exams, all things 2017)

What section are you in?

1A
3
19%
1B
3
19%
2A
4
25%
2B
3
19%
3A
2
13%
3B
1
6%
 
Total votes: 16

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lawyerchick
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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby lawyerchick » Wed Feb 12, 2014 1:49 pm

gatorgal wrote:Does anyone know the general schedule for ASW? I tried to look up a schedule of events for last year's, but no cigar.


Also interested in this

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Robbin Blue
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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby Robbin Blue » Wed Feb 12, 2014 1:53 pm

chicky wrote:
Robbin Blue wrote:
About 4 here. :oops: I answered every question fully... Probably too fully. Hahaha


I figured the above posts were about Levy/Wilson and in response to one essay prompt instead of a series of questions, but I probably just missed something in the discussion thread -thanks for bumping it.

I'm sure your answers are great! I wish I had fleshed things out a little bit more, but mostly I'm just glad it's submitted and done with.

Oh good. Yeah, there were five questions for the Toll application. I didn't feel like I wrote too terribly much. I'm with you, though- so glad that's done!

gatorgal
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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby gatorgal » Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:07 pm

lawyerchick wrote:
gatorgal wrote:Does anyone know the general schedule for ASW? I tried to look up a schedule of events for last year's, but no cigar.


Also interested in this


I saw on the 2017 Facebook group that Saturday would end around 5:30. I just want to know when to fly in on Friday.

04102014
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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby 04102014 » Wed Feb 12, 2014 3:09 pm

gatorgal wrote:
lawyerchick wrote:
gatorgal wrote:Does anyone know the general schedule for ASW? I tried to look up a schedule of events for last year's, but no cigar.


Also interested in this


I saw on the 2017 Facebook group that Saturday would end around 5:30. I just want to know when to fly in on Friday.


Strange how close to the belt they are keeping everything.

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SplitMyPants
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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby SplitMyPants » Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:21 pm

Checking in! Just got the call!

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ShrimpToastMasters
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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby ShrimpToastMasters » Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:00 pm

Checking in! And as a Penn UG who worked at Biddle Law Library for three years - also feel free to ask me questions :)

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kemosabe
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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby kemosabe » Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:14 am

ShrimpToastMasters wrote:Checking in! And as a Penn UG who worked at Biddle Law Library for three years - also feel free to ask me questions :)


Congrats! I've got a general Philly question: how is parking? Is owning a car more trouble than it's worth?

04102014
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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby 04102014 » Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:06 pm

Who here has submitted FAFSA and Need Access? Looks like first awards were released 2/25 last year.

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kkdk
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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby kkdk » Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:12 pm

ohpobrecito wrote:Who here has submitted FAFSA and Need Access? Looks like first awards were released 2/25 last year.


International, so no FAFSA. I updated my NeedAccess a day after I was admitted, but I was only admitted last week. No notification from UPenn that it was received...

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ShrimpToastMasters
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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby ShrimpToastMasters » Fri Feb 14, 2014 1:02 pm

kemosabe wrote:
ShrimpToastMasters wrote:Checking in! And as a Penn UG who worked at Biddle Law Library for three years - also feel free to ask me questions :)


Congrats! I've got a general Philly question: how is parking? Is owning a car more trouble than it's worth?


Absolutely yes (IMO). There is some street parking further West off-campus but a) that's getting rather far from the law school and b) not a very safe area. If you live in a high-rise in Center City, I think you can also rent parking - but not cheaply. Philly is a very convenient city for walking - a metropolis, but not sprawling. There's also public transportation (though it is also not that great). I had a bike for freshman year, and then even stopped using that. Walking is the most convenient.

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kemosabe
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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby kemosabe » Fri Feb 14, 2014 5:53 pm

Good to know. Thanks!

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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby tigersaresexy » Sat Feb 15, 2014 4:37 pm

kkdk wrote:
ohpobrecito wrote:Who here has submitted FAFSA and Need Access? Looks like first awards were released 2/25 last year.


International, so no FAFSA. I updated my NeedAccess a day after I was admitted, but I was only admitted last week. No notification from UPenn that it was received...


Hay international!

I had a couple questions for you, I couldn't figure out exactly what UPenn wants us to submit for aid. It says FAFSA + NeedAccess everywhere I check and there's no separate information for internationals as far as I can find.

Also, do you know anything about when we're getting I-20s and other visa application info?

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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby kkdk » Sun Feb 16, 2014 3:26 am

tigersaresexy wrote:
kkdk wrote:
ohpobrecito wrote:Who here has submitted FAFSA and Need Access? Looks like first awards were released 2/25 last year.


International, so no FAFSA. I updated my NeedAccess a day after I was admitted, but I was only admitted last week. No notification from UPenn that it was received...


Hay international!

I had a couple questions for you, I couldn't figure out exactly what UPenn wants us to submit for aid. It says FAFSA + NeedAccess everywhere I check and there's no separate information for internationals as far as I can find.

Also, do you know anything about when we're getting I-20s and other visa application info?


hullo tigers! UVA was similarly vague but they clarified via e-mail when I asked: no FAFSA, because it's pointless. I'm thinking about sending UPenn a similar e-mail just making 110% sure. Not sure about visas, but I'm only sorta-international (Canada eh?) so my plan was to wait until my cycle is over, and just apply for a visa over the summer. IIRC, you enroll and then you request enrolment confirmation info from the school and apply for your F1, fill your forms, and when you cross the border in August you have a short interview at customs to make sure everything is in order and then you're okay. My understanding was always that until we had proof that we're going for school (i.e. enrolment), we couldn't fill out any visa forms.

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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby leezabee » Sun Feb 16, 2014 4:31 pm

Robbin Blue wrote:
Optimist Prime wrote:
gingerspice wrote:
dubster101 wrote:For those of you writing the scholarship essay, what length are you aiming for? I wrote a rough draft and it's just under 1.5 double-spaced pages. Anyone have any idea on what the conventional wisdom is regarding length?


I haven't started mine yet (oops...), but I'm thinking 1-1.5 pages double-spaced. Basing this on the fact that they wanted 1 page for the optional application essays, and said to "keep it brief."


1 page double spaced here.


About 4 here. :oops: I answered every question fully... Probably too fully. Hahaha


A bit late to the party (damn my procrastination ways), but mine is currently 3 pages. I'd like to do some more edits before submitting, but that's the shortest I've been able to get it. Five questions is a lot! Hopefully they weren't expecting too much brevity...

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Leo
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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby Leo » Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:13 pm

Accepted 1/21 and still no invitations to apply for scholarships...I assume that means I'm not in consideration for merit-based aid?

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berndie90
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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby berndie90 » Tue Feb 18, 2014 2:04 am

I assume it means we aren't eligible for any named scholarships (im in the same boat). I would think we are still under consideration for deans scholarships though.

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kemosabe
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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby kemosabe » Tue Feb 18, 2014 1:19 pm

berndie90 wrote:I assume it means we aren't eligible for any named scholarships (im in the same boat). I would think we are still under consideration for deans scholarships though.


I'm interpreting it this way as well. I'd assume I was no longer under consideration if it was week or two from the deposit deadline and I still hadn't heard anything.

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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby mandyjay11 » Tue Feb 18, 2014 1:28 pm

Never really checked in here, but hey guys! I probably, definitely coming here :D

Edit: I'm also a Penn UG, like Shrimp

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Nelson
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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby Nelson » Tue Feb 18, 2014 2:46 pm

berndie90 wrote:I assume it means we aren't eligible for any named scholarships (im in the same boat). I would think we are still under consideration for deans scholarships though.

This is right. Just know that, at least in previous years, the non-named merit aid has capped out at 20k a year and most have had limited success negotiating much above that. Plan accordingly.

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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby paglababa » Tue Feb 18, 2014 3:55 pm

Nelson wrote:
berndie90 wrote:I assume it means we aren't eligible for any named scholarships (im in the same boat). I would think we are still under consideration for deans scholarships though.

This is right. Just know that, at least in previous years, the non-named merit aid has capped out at 20k a year and most have had limited success negotiating much above that. Plan accordingly.


:( Hope this is not the case. At least someone off the waitlist will get in then.

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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby Nelson » Tue Feb 18, 2014 4:01 pm

paglababa wrote:
Nelson wrote:
berndie90 wrote:I assume it means we aren't eligible for any named scholarships (im in the same boat). I would think we are still under consideration for deans scholarships though.

This is right. Just know that, at least in previous years, the non-named merit aid has capped out at 20k a year and most have had limited success negotiating much above that. Plan accordingly.


:( Hope this is not the case. At least someone off the waitlist will get in then.

If you're looking to get them to match a big award from Michigan or UVA, it's probably not gonna happen unfortunately.

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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby Optimist Prime » Tue Feb 18, 2014 4:09 pm

Do we know if anyone has successfully negotiated up a named scholarship? E.G. from dean's scholarship to named scholarship, or from a 1/2 named to a Levy?

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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby paglababa » Tue Feb 18, 2014 4:15 pm

Nelson wrote:
paglababa wrote:
Nelson wrote:
berndie90 wrote:I assume it means we aren't eligible for any named scholarships (im in the same boat). I would think we are still under consideration for deans scholarships though.

This is right. Just know that, at least in previous years, the non-named merit aid has capped out at 20k a year and most have had limited success negotiating much above that. Plan accordingly.


:( Hope this is not the case. At least someone off the waitlist will get in then.

If you're looking to get them to match a big award from Michigan or UVA, it's probably not gonna happen unfortunately.


Do they negotiate to counteroffer awards made by CCN? Or try to buy off HYS?

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Nelson
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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby Nelson » Tue Feb 18, 2014 4:16 pm

Optimist Prime wrote:Do we know if anyone has successfully negotiated up a named scholarship? E.G. from dean's scholarship to named scholarship, or from a 1/2 named to a Levy?

I've never heard of this happening in the last two cycles before this one. They stick to their system with the application essays.
paglababa wrote:
Nelson wrote:If you're looking to get them to match a big award from Michigan or UVA, it's probably not gonna happen unfortunately.


Do they negotiate to counteroffer awards made by CCN? Or try to buy off HYS?

I've never heard of them going above 20k/yr to beat CCN in any anecdote from the last two cycles (I tried myself). 20k/yr at Penn will leave you with less debt at graduation than a Butler at Columbia because of the lower COL here. That said, if you have the numbers to get more than that at those schools, you should probably have also been competitive for at least a Wilson, if not a Levy, and if you don't get one, enjoy New York/Chicago.

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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby Optimist Prime » Tue Feb 18, 2014 4:38 pm

Thanks for the info Nelson, that's very helpful.

Damn shame though, U Penn is the school I'd most like to be at and I'd have gone for sure with $$$.




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